The in-depth story examined how financial wealth and city growth needs to happen in more US cities other than New York City, Boston and the West Coast.
Case visited Birmingham in May 2018
Even though there was not a particular segment about Birmingham (Memphis and Baltimore were spotlighted), scenes from Case’s May 2018 visit donning an ‘It’s Nice to Have you in Birmingham’ t-shirt, Sloss Furnaces and the presentation of a check to Birmingham’s Rise of the Rest winner Mixtrox were on display.
Since May, Case’s visit to Birmingham has increased the profile of Magic City entrepreneurs. For example, Mixtroz, a Birmingham mother-daughter startup won financing from the Rise of the Rest tour worth $100,000. They have continued to propel their growth and recently were the featured speaker in Atlanta for a International Women’s Google conference.
Bullish on Birmingham
Case said he was bullish about our community’s future.
From the May 9, 2018 Bham Now story on his visit.
“I’m bullish on Birmingham. Part of the reason I believe in Birmingham, is it seems to me Birmingham believes in Birmingham. And we don’t see that in all the cities we visit,” stated Steve Case, Chairman and CEO of Revolution and co-founder of AOL at the Rise to the Rest tour in Birmingham, Alabama.
Since the May visit, Birmingham has attracted national attention from such groups as the Brookings Institution, which announced in December that they had chosen Birmingham to develop economic policies that will move Birmingham forward.
“We believe that this community can be a national model for inclusive innovative economy.”
On a Roll
From Steve Case’s Rise of the Rest to the Brookings Institution – Birmingham is on a roll.
Stay tuned for more developing stories about economic growth.