UAB’s Ray Watts Re-elected BBA Chairman for 2017

Today, the board and officers were announced for the Birmingham Business Alliance (BBA).

Dr. Ray Watts, president of the University of Alabama at Birmingham, has been re-elected as the 2017 Chairman of the Board. This will be Watts second consecutive year as the chairman.

Ray Watts, UAB, BBA
Dr. Ray Watts, Photo credited to Birmingham Business Alliance

“I am pleased to continue the great momentum created in the last year by serving another year as chairman,” Watts said.

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Art Clarkson, owner of the Birmingham Bulls, eyes resurrection for the former Bham Hockey Team

For 6 years, Art Clarkson led the Birmingham Bulls as its majority owner, but the Birmingham market did not keep support of the team as much as Mr. Clarkson.

As we well know, Birmingham is some sort of comeback town, so this story will fit right into the mix of our revitalization.

Art Clarkson, right, poses with Scott Myers, then the assistant general manager of the Birmingham Bulls. (contributed)
Scott Myers (assistant general manager then), right, and Art Clarkson, right – photo contributed to the Alabama NewsCenter

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1Million Cups BHM Presentation – Jan. 25, 2016 – Lift it Works

This week, inside the UAB iLab, 1Million Cups Birmingham hosted not only a Birmingham entrepreneur, but also students from Huffman Academy.

I am thankful for the instructors/teachers who understand the importance of exposing young students to innovation, entrepreneurship, and technology.

Now, to the presenter…

Photo by Wade Cline

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Update: Plans to establish a Public Safety Complex in Ensley look Promising

In December of 2016, the Ramsay McCormack building in Ensley was slated to be demolished.  After lawsuits and debate, a plan to renovate and utilize the building was announced.  The plan calls for a $40 million project to relocate the municipal court, police and fire headquarters to Ensley.  Now the city is seeking bids, by February 10th, for the renovation work.

Ensley Building
the Ramsay McCormack building stands tall on Ave. E and 19th Street North. Photo by Frank Couch

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Reflections on Washington – Birmingham Women Share Their Stories

The Women’s March on Washington, as experienced and retold by the following Birmingham residents;


EMILY PETERSON

photo courtesy of Emily Peterson

“I woke up this morning on a bus full of strangers in foggy darkness at a truck stop in Virginia. Chartered busses filled the parking lot. I made my way off the bus and into the packed convenience store full of sleepy women with flat hair and sweatshirts and pink knit hats. There was a line for the women’s restroom that wrapped out the door. But there was an excited energy in the air — tired, but excited.

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Take a special Sunday hike with the Freshwater Land Trust

For twenty years, the Freshwater Land Trust has become one of the most respected and successful land trust organizations in the South. Throughout the years, they have saved and protected special places in the Magic City; including restored industrial sites transformed into green spaces to endangered darters found no where on earth but in our local springs and streams.   This year, the land trust is providing the public with an unique opportunity to see firsthand these special places they have saved through their 2017 Sunday Hike Series.

High Ore Line Trail – Photo from the Freshwater Land Trust

Start 2017 off right this week

For 2017, start your tour of Freshwater Land Trust hosted hikes this Sunday, January 29th, 2:00 at the High Ore Line Trail.

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New York Magazine recognizes Birmingham’s newly elected 9 black female judges

From New York Magazine – Photo by Andre Wagner

Jefferson County made history last November electing nine black women to district and circuit judgeships.

The historic event was recognized nationally this weekend with a feature story by New York Magazine.

Check out the story at New York Magazine:

Why the Election of 9 Black Female Judges in Alabama Matters

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Talladega College Marching Tornado Band fundraiser tops $672K

Talladega College MarchingTornado Band -Screenshot from NBC News

The controversy over the Talladega College Marching Tornado Band appearance at President Donald Trump’s inauguration parade has turned into one of the single greatest fundraising  efforts ever for the school, according to the college’s president Billy Hawkins.

As of Sunday evening, January 22nd, the GoFundMe page had raised $672,703. The original goal was to raise $75,000.  How did they do it?

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Locals Joined Women’s March on Washington – Possibly largest demonstration in history

Birmingham, participants Washington March on D.C.
Chris, Avery and Peggy Biga meet up with friends at the Washington march. (photo courtesy of Peggy Biga)

On Saturday, January 21, scores of Birmingham residents converged on the nation’s capitol for the Women’s March on Washington.  The crowd (some estimates are over a million) came from every corner of the country and the world to advocate on behalf of women’s rights and human rights.  Some of the Alabama delegation documented their experiences through social media posts and photos.

According to Vox News,

…political scientists say they think we may have just witnessed the largest day of demonstrations in American history.

According to data collected by Erica Chenoweth at the University of Denver and Jeremy Pressman at the University of Connecticut, marches held in more than 500 US cities were attended by at least 3.7 million people.

The google docs spreadsheet, where counts are being tallied across the world shows that Birmingham contributed between 5000-10,000 participants to the historic event.

See photos/videos from locals who were there:

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The new Empire Hotel Renovations are almost Complete

Referred to as the “Heaviest Corner on Earth”, the location of the Empire Hotel, among 3 other giants, caught the eye of visitors and locals in the early 1900’s.

Now, the Empire Hotel has been given a taste of Bham revitalization and will hopefully be opening soon.

Located on 1st Ave. and 20th St. North, the Empire Building has seen its fair share of Birmingham.

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