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Mayor Randall Woodfin was joined on Tuesday by officials with the Brookings Metropolitan Policy Program and local civic and business leaders to announce a multi-year partnership with Brookings to help boost the economy in Birmingham.
Birmingham is one of a few cities selected nationally for a such a partnership by the prestigious national think tank.
At the press conference held at the Sloss Furnaces Visitor Center, Mayor Woodfin emphasized why working with the Brookings Institution is a groundbreaking partnership for Birmingham.
“As the economy continues to evolve, we want to be prepared to empower the next generation of builders,” said Woodfin. “So in order for us to do that, we need to reimagine the way we think about economic development in our community. It is not just about creating jobs. It is about creating quality jobs with access to benefits wealth building and career building opportunities.”
Woodfin added, “The Brookings team and the Brookings Institute is considered among the nation’s best thought leaders in urban economic development. We are fortunate to have their team in our corner as we think about the next steps as well as the next area of Birmingham’s economy.”
Nation model for inclusive innovative economy
Amy Liu, Brookings vice president and director of its Metropolitan Policy Program described to the leaders and press in attendance why Brooking Institute chose to work with Birmingham.
“Now Brookings gets many requests from cities to work with them,” stated Liu. “But, we decide. We choose to work in communities that are on the cusp of big change. We choose cities that have the capacity to execute. We choose cities that can inspire other cities. That is why we do it for me. We believe in this community.
She concluded, “We believe that this community can be a national model for inclusive innovative economy.”
Business community is all in
Joining the partnership between the city of Birmingham and Brookings Institute will be a coalition of businesses and civic leaders, according to Lee Styslinger, CEO of Altec.
“It’s the perfect time to leverage the combined resources of the Brookings Institute, the mayor’s office and the corporate community, to all join forces, come together to work together on making Birmingham the best city in the country.”
All the speakers at the press conference agreed, the new partnership will bring national attention to Birmingham is a game changer.
We look forward to seeing this powerful partnership in action over the coming years.