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Birmingham has stepped up its science game! Thanks to impressive research centers like UAB, Birmingham is getting $450K from the Department of Commerce. We’re excited this money will help out our bioscience jobs. Wanna know more? Read on for all the deets.
But first—what does a bioscientist do?
These scientists deal with living viruses and bacteria. Basically, they study diseases and develop drugs to cure them.
Think Bill Nye the Science Guy, but in real life.
UAB is a huge hotspot for bioscience jobs. On top of that, it has been nominated as best hospital in Alabama—for the second year in a row. Go Blazers!
Additionally, Birmingham was recognized for its role in creating COVID-19 treatments.
So, what will Birmingham do with this $450K?
The Birmingham Business Alliance (BBA) is leading the way with bioscience growth. What do they do? They serve as Birmingham’s chamber of commerce, so supporting local business is a huge deal to them.
BBA has partnered with Jefferson County and Shelby County to get a plan rolling. All this money will make a major impact for bioscience researchers right here in the ‘Ham, so they want to get the most bang for their buck.
Check out their plan for building national recognition for our bioscience jobs:
- Identify key bioscience benefits (you know, jobs and investments)
- Promote local bioscience businesses growth (aka “bop to the top”)
- Unify bioscience with our economic developers
Most importantly, BBA wants our bioscience jobs to gain attention nationally.
The benefit? Even more jobs will open up. Cha-cha ching!
“The Birmingham Region of Jefferson County is fortunate to call many quality health care systems home. These systems have drawn, and continue to draw, assets to our region. This grant will help us map out those assets and tailor our recruiting efforts by identifying companies that would be an agreeable addition to our ecosystem.”Steve Ammons, Jefferson County Commissioner
More to come for bioscience
This fund is happening because of CARES (Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security) Act. The goal is to help communities like Birmingham prevent COVID-19 from accelerating.
We’re all in this together Birmingham!
Do you work in the bioscience industry? Let us know what you look forward to seeing in Birmingham. Tag us @bhamnow.