Entrepreneur columnist Jeff Barrett is a sold on Birmingham.
Just read his January 2020 piece that appeared in the national magazine titled:
In the opinion piece, Barrett describes Birmingham as the most interesting place he visited in 2019.
Why did he say that?
Welcoming to newcomers
According to Barrett, Birmingham is becoming a hub for startups because we are welcoming newcomers to our city with innovative ideas. He backs it up in the column profiling Innovation Depot, Shipt, and rockstar startups Mixtroz and Pack Health.
Here is the money quote in the piece for our economic development folks:
“What I’ve noticed most in all of my travels is that the cities with the most to prove band together the most. Birmingham is getting stronger because it doesn’t care who you are, where you are from, what school you went to or who your parents know. They only care if you can help Birmingham grow. And if you can, they will put all of their energy in to making it happen together with you.
That sounds simple but its surprisingly rare. There’s no ego in Birmingham to get in their way. Their path is clear.”
He is also a Shorty Award winner, a prestigious award show/program that honors and recognizes the best content creators and producers on social media.
Bottomline, his endorsement means something.
Bham Now keeps a running tally of articles written about Birmingham (below). This particular column is a keepsake.
Enjoy the list!
Conde Nast – Conde Nast declares Birmingham has arrived
Trip Advisor – Birmingham named ‘up and coming foodie city’
Outside Magazine”s 25 Best Towns of 2017 edition.
The New York Times –“Birmingham is ready to surprise you.”
Washington Post – “best vacation destinations you’ve never considered” series.