EDPA invested $600k in Alabama startups in 2019. Apply by Dec. 16 to participate in 2020.

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Team members of Conserv and Immediate at Alabama Launchpad. Photo via EDPA

Birmingham-based Economic Development Partnership of Alabama (EDPA) has been busy. During 2019, the EDPA invested $600k in eight Alabama startups through Alabama Launchpad. Read on to learn about the winners and how you can apply to be a part of Alabama Launchpad 2020.

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Birmingham’s Regions Harbert Plaza is getting a $3 million makeover. Get details and see renderings of the inside!

A stunning view of Birmingham’s second-tallest skyscraper. Photo via Regions Harbert Plaza

One of Birmingham’s most recognizable skyscrapers is getting a facelift! Read on to learn what big changes are in store for Regions Harbert Plaza in 2020.

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Charlemagne Record Exchange is closing after 42 years. Visit this Birmingham legend before Dec 31

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Eager customers flip through the record stacks at Charlemagne. Photo via Nathan Watson for Bham Now

By now, you’ve most likely heard the news–after 42 years, Charlemagne Record Exchange is closing their doors. However, there is still time to experience the magic of Birmingham’s oldest record store. Create a lasting memory by visiting Charlemagne Record Exchange before December 31.

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3 ways the Red Cross impacted Birmingham’s General Krulak and how you can help now

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General Krulak cheers on the Birmingham-Southern football team. Photo via Birmingham-Southern College

General Charles Krulak is one of the most influential members of the Birmingham community. I sat down with him to learn about his experience with the American Red Cross throughout the years, and why we should consider donating during the holiday season.

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See Vulcan light up the Birmingham sky during the Holiday Light Show, Dec 8-23

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Vulcan lit up during the Magic of Lights! Photo submitted

 It’s the most wonderful time of the year! To keep your holiday spirit merry and bright, visit Vulcan Park and Museum December 8-23 to experience one of the best light shows in Birmingham—the Magic of Lights: Vulcan’s Holiday Light Experience. Tickets available now!

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Support Birmingham at Magic City Dentistry’s food drive in December for a chance to win big

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Donate non-perishable items at the Vulcan statue at Magic City Dentistry for a chance to win big! Photo via Nathan Watson for BhamNow

Throughout December, Magic City Dentistry is hosting a food drive to support Alabamians through Community Food Bank of Central Alabama. Read on to see how you can win big while supporting your community.

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Discover the perfect handmade holiday gift at Prodigal Pottery’s Open House on Dec 7

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This Alabama ornament from Prodigal Pottery will go perfect on your Christmas tree. Photo submitted.

Prodigal Pottery is celebrating the grand opening of their first location with an open house on December 7 from 10AM to 5PM. Learn how you can find the perfect handmade Christmas gift. Plus get $5 off when you show this article!

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Behind the scenes at the Georgia-Pacific pulp mill in Monroe County. See what we learned

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Nathan and Matthew decked out in safety gear. Photo via Matthew Niblett for BhamNow

You know paper come from trees, but have you ever wondered how? Fellow Bham Now producer Matthew Niblett and I had the chance to find out during a tour of Alabama River Cellulose (ARC), a Georgia-Pacific facility in Monroe County, Alabama. Here’s what us Birmingham boys discovered during our journey.

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Ring in 2020 at Iron City’s New Year’s Eve Party. EARLYBIRD discount ends Dec. 10

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This could be you celebrating the New Year at Iron City! Photo via Iron City

What better way to bring in the 2020s than by throwing it back to the 1920s? If you like flapper dresses and suspenders, make sure to come out to the Roaring 20s New Year’s Eve Party at Iron City on December 31. Make sure to get discounted tickets before December 10, using promo code: EARLYBIRD

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A behind the scenes look at Birmingham’s John Hand Building. Photos included!

The John Hand Building in 1912 and 2019.

When I first came to Birmingham, I became obsessed with its hundreds of beautiful historic buildings. I used to spend hours driving through downtown, marveling at the old structures. Of course, the John Hand Building immediately grabbed my attention. Read on to learn more about one of Birmingham’s famous (and coolest!) skyscrapers.

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Landing, newest venture by Shipt founder Bill Smith, aims to simplify rental market

Landing makes a cute apartment like this just clicks away. Photo via Landing

Shipt founder Bill Smith is looking to transform the rental market with his latest startup, Landing. With Landing, Smith wants to make it easier for traveling professionals to find housing–without being locked into a typical lease. Read on to find out how it works.

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Know someone with a previous marijuana conviction? Here’s how they can get a second chance in Birmingham

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Mayor Randall Woodfin announces Pardons for Progress to the press. Photo via Pat Byington for BhamNow

Do you know someone with a previous marijuana conviction? (Asking for a friend). Be sure to share this news with them. The City of Birmingham announced today, Monday, Nov. 25, that they are ready to offer a second chance for those with a single marijuana conviction. Read on to find out more about Mayor Woodfin’s Pardons for Progress and how your friend can use it.

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Your tickets to the UAB Bartow Classic on Dec 7 help fund cancer research. Here’s how.

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The Blazers giving their fans a show. Photo via UAB Athletics

It’s time to support your favorite fire-breathing basketball team—the UAB Blazers—as they take on the Memphis Tigers at the 2019 Bartow Classic. The game tips off at 4:30PM on Saturday, December 7 at UAB’s Bartow Arena. Buy your tickets now to enjoy some great college basketball and support a great cause. 

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Alumni of Innovate Birmingham share how the program completely changed their lives. Learn how you could too.

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Panelists at Pathway to Careers in Tech. Photo via BhamNow

On Tuesday, November 12, Innovate Birmingham hosted their Pathways to Careers in Tech panel. The panel featured several successful alums of Innovate Birmingham programs. Thanks to organizations like Innovate Birmingham, The Magic City is rapidly turning into a new tech hot spot. Maybe even the next Silicon Valley? Read on to learn more.

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5 local apps every Birminghamian should have on their phone, including Pointz

Use Pointz while visiting local places and earn free rewards! Photo via Pointz

When you’re trying to figure out what to do on the weekend or after work, how do you find out what’s going down around town in the Magic City? Turns out, there are several local apps that are designed to keep you in the know. Here are five to put on your radar.

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