Mayor Woodfin unveils new partnership to drive investment into Birmingham Opportunity Zones

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Birmingham Mayor Randall Woodfin flanked by Mayor Stephen Benjamin(L) and Mayor Eric Garcetti of Los Angeles in front of the American Life Building site of an Opportunity Zone. Photo by Pat Byington for Bham Now

Today, Birmingham Mayor Randall Woodfin unveiled the Birmingham Inclusive Growth (BIG) Partnership, a private sector-led, community-focused, city-inspired Opportunity Zone initiative with twin goals:

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Today the name for Birmingham’s new multi-use stadium will be unveiled. Can you guess it?

Rendering of the 55,000 seat BJCC Multi-Use Stadium. Photo by Pat Byington for Bham Now

It has been announced that today the name for the new multi-use sports stadium in downtown Birmingham will be unveiled.

What will it be?  As of this morning, April 11th it is still a mystery.

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Groundbreaking: Birmingham institutes leave with pay policy for city employees making live organ donations

Pictured from left are: Martha Tankersly, the transplant administrator at UAB; Dr. Jayme E. Locke, the transplant surgeon at UAB; City of Birmingham employee Jarralynne Agee; Mayor Randall Woodfin; Lt. Robert Tellis Jr.; Daagye Hendricks, the living donor navigator at UAB Hospital; a UAB representative; and Agee’s husband, Dr. Robert Agee. Photo courtesy of the Mayor’s Office of Public Information

In recognition of National Donate Life Month, Birmingham has become the first municipality in the state of Alabama to institute a leave with pay policy for city employees making live organ donations.

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New Cafe and Home Store Opening in old Silvertron location in Forest Park

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SHOPPE and the old Silvertron building. Photo courtesy of Mark Thompson

Jay Draper and Mark Thompson, co-owners of SHOPPE, will be adding a cafe and new store later this year into the old Silvertron space next to the current store and greenhouse. SHOPPE is the popular floral, garden and gift destination in the heart of the Forest Park neighborhood business district.

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Former Auburn Head Coach Tommy Tuberville is running for U.S. Senate. For fun, who else should run?

Tommy Tuberville, image via wrcbtv.com

Can a former football head coach at Auburn, who defeated the Alabama Crimson Tide 6 consecutive times become our next U.S. Senator? That is what Tommy Tuberville is hoping to accomplish.

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5 sporting events in Birmingham, including UAB Football, Indy Grand Prix of Alabama, Bulls and Legion FC

Win two VIP weekend passes to Cocina at the Track tickets to the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama at the Barber Motorsports Park April 5-7. (Photo submitted)

Today is perhaps one of the busiest Spring weekends of sporting events in recent memory here in Birmingham. Grand Prix racing, football, soccer, hockey and yes… even College basketball’s Final Four.

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ALDOT says I-59/20 construction is ahead of schedule and we’ve got the photos to prove it (photo gallery)

Aerial photo of downtown Birmingham on March 31, 2019. I-59/20 Bridge project in downtown Birmingham is ahead of schedule according to ALDOT. The project is due to be completed by March 22, 2020. Photo by Pat Byington for Bham Now

Earlier this week, several Alabama Department of Transportation (ALDOT) officials reported that the I-59/20 bridges could finish sooner than expected.

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Silicon Valley, Greece or MIT could be in your child’s future. Find out about Fall Project Week at The Altamont School- Open House on April 14.

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Silicon Valley Fall Project Week trip at Golden Gate Bridge. The Altamont School will be hosting an Open House on Sunday, April 14 from 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. where families can learn more about Fall Project Week trips and other unique educational experiences the school offers. Photo from The Altamont School.

As Birmingham-area families transition back to school this week after a (mostly) sunny spring break, students at The Altamont School are already looking ahead to next school year and a weeklong adventure of a different sort. Just before spring break, upper school students at Altamont signed up for what the school calls “Fall Project Week” trips.

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22 Jefferson County mayors sign “Good Neighbor Pledge” committing to cooperate regionally

Mayor Randall Woodfin joined by mayors throughout Jefferson County signed the Good Neighbor Pledge. Photo by Jon Eastwood for Bham Now.

Today, Jefferson County took a big step toward regional cooperation  with the signing of the “Good Neighbor” Pledge by 22 of the county’s mayors.

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Giuseppe’s, Irondale Cafe, Snapper Grabbers among establishments receiving 95 and above food service scores in March

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Giuseppe’s Cafe. Photo by Pat Byington for Bham Now

Several Birmingham area restaurants, including Giuseppe’s Cafe near UAB, the historic Irondale Cafe and the Saltgrass Steak House off Highway 280 received 95 and above on their health inspection scores over the past 30 days.

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11 ways to celebrate Earth Day every day in Birmingham this month

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“Darter Fish Sticks” by students from Casey Gillespie’s art class at The Altamont School. Photo by Pat Byington for Bham Now

Earth Day was established 49 years ago on April 22, 1970.  Today, nearly five decades later, in Birmingham, we do not only commemorate Earth Day, but the entire month of April as Earth Month.

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Discover Shooting Stars and native plants on Birmingham’s Ruffner Mountain this Spring

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Ruffner Mountain’s executive director Carlee Sanford discovered 1980s Nature Preserve newsletters called the Shooting Stars. Photo by Pat Byington for Bham Now

Just after she became Executive Director for Ruffner Mountain, Carlee Sanford unearthed copies of the organization’s first newsletters from the early 1980s. The name of the publication?

The Shooting Star.

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Restoration of Birmingham’s A.G. Gaston Motel, a “sacred” civil rights landmark, is underway

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Odessa Woolfolk speaking at the announcement of the restoration of A.G. Gaston Hotel. Photo by Jon Eastwood for Bham Now

Today, the city of Birmingham announced it is restoring one of the civil rights movement’s most treasured landmarks – the A.G. Gaston Motel.

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