Now the News: The World Games 2022 medals unveiled, James Beard Semifinalists announced + more

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Are you ready for The World Games 2022? (TWG2022)

Happy Monday, Birmingham! You know the drill. We’ve got you covered with the hottest news you may have missed from the past week, all in one place. Medals for The World Games 2022 were unveiled and a new grant to help Birmingham’s Black-owned businesses was announced. Keep reading for more.

1. NEW BLING ALERT: The World Games 2022 officially unveils medals

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Hey, Vulcan + Vesta! (JeVante Shropshire/Bham Now)

After an unveiling ceremony this past week, we can finally take a gander at the most sought-after awards in The World Games 2022. The gold, silver and bronze medals were modeled by three Olympic athletes. Birmingham artist Bill Hoffman designed each one, intricately detailed with iconic Birmingham symbols.

2. Protective Stadium + Powell Steam Plant chosen as new venues for The World Games 2022

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Powell Steam Plant, the new home of speed skating for TWG 2022. (Nathan Watson/Bham Now)

In other TWG 2022 news, Protective Stadium + Powell Steam Plant were chosen as new venues for drone racing and speed skating events. This change moves these exhilarating events to the heart of the city to enhance experiences for athletes and fans. If you’ve already purchased tix for these events, you’ll get an email detailing the venue change.

3. NEW grant program, Magic City Match, helps Birmingham’s Black-owned businesses thrive

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Applications are open from February 24 to March 4. Apply today! (Prosper Birmingham)

Prosper Birmingham has funded a new grant program, Magic City Match, to give more opportunities to Birmingham’s Black-owned businesses. The grant will distribute $500K across 13 Black-owned businesses in Birmingham. In addition to the funds, they offer business competency courses and give new market opportunities to these brick-and-mortar businesses.

4. 3 Birmingham area restaurants and chefs named 2022 James Beard Semifinalists

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Automatic Seafood + Oysters, nominated for Best Chef: South. (Jacob Blankenship/Bham Now)

No surprises here. Yet again, some Birmingham area restaurants and chefs are Semifinalists in the prestigious James Beard Awards. Local nominees include:

Johnny’s Restaraunt:

  • Best Chef: South—Chef and Owner Timothy Hontzas
  • Outstanding Hospitality—Johnny’s Restaurant

Automatic Seafood and Oysters:

  • Best Chef: South—Adam Evans

Golden Age Wine:

Congratulations!

5. Women in Alabama need your support—get involved March 17

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Who runs the world? (The Women’s Foundation of Alabama)

The Women’s Foundation of Alabama, Alabama’s only statewide public women’s foundation, accelerates economic opportunity for women across the state through research, advocacy and strategic philanthropy. Now, you have the unique opportunity to support their mission at Capitol Heels, WFA’s free annual advocacy event where you can speak with elected officials, receive insight on the biggest issues this Legislative Session and more. Register for free today.

That’s all for now! Enjoy the sunny days ahead this week, Bham.

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