BBA reports 35 projects, 1,240+ jobs and $518M invested in Birmingham in 2020

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Construction along 1st Avenue North. Photo via Jacob Blankenship for Bham Now

On Tuesday, February 2nd, the Birmingham Business Alliance (BBA) reported on their findings for the seven-county region over the past year. Despite the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, 2020 brought several promising developments to the Birmingham area. Here’s what we learned.

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Alabama ranked no. 8 most moved-to state in 2020—here’s what the local experts have to say.

United Van Lines’ recent study ranks Alabama as the No. 8th most moved-to state in 2020. Photo via United Van Lines on Facebook

According to a recent study by United Van Lines, more people moved to Alabama in 2020 than left the state. We wanted to know what that meant for Alabama, and for places like Birmingham—so we spoke to several local experts to learn more.

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Growing good jobs now + for the future: an interview with the Birmingham Business Alliance

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Fred McCallum of the BBA speaking about OnBoard Birmingham. Photo via Viewtopia Pictures

If you’re a business owner in the Magic City, the Birmingham Business Alliance (BBA) has been working on your behalf throughout the pandemic. If you’re someone who enjoys the many small businesses that help make this the place we know and love, they’ve been working hard to help those businesses stay afloat. To learn more, we reached out to Fred McCallum, Interim President and CEO of the BBA

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This onetime Baron is the new president + CEO of the BBA

Kenneth Coleman is the new President and CEO of the Birmingham Business Alliance (BBA)
Kenny Coleman, formerly with Georgia Power at Georgia’s Fort Stewart. Photo via PRNewsFoto/Georgia Power

During his time playing for the Birmingham Barons, Kenneth “Kenny” Coleman got to play with Michael Jordan. Yes, that Michael Jordan. Now Coleman is back in town and ready to lead the Birmingham Business Alliance (BBA) in exciting new directions. I had the pleasure of sitting down with him on his third day on the job to talk about the Magic City, his vision for the BBA and a few of his local favorites. Keep reading for all the details. 

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Birmingham Business Relief Fund helps small storefronts damaged on Sunday night

A busted out door in downtown Birmingham. Photo via Matthew Niblett for Bham Now

Many small businesses in downtown Birmingham are still recovering from the damage done to their storefronts on Sunday night, May 31. In response, the community has set up the Birmingham Business Relief Fund to help these businesses back on their feet. Learn more.

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Birmingham ranks 3rd in economic growth potential among U.S. mid-sized cities in national survey

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View of City of Birmingham from from The Club. Photo by Pat Byington for Bham Now

The Birmingham region was ranked No. 3 for economic growth potential among mid-size U.S. cities in a recent report by  Business Facilities, a national publication that focuses on economic development.

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Victor Brown invited us to his 68th annual family reunion. Here’s what we saw.

Administrative Law Judge Andrew L. Dixon, III and his wife, Attorney Gecelyne Dixon, both of Tallahassee, Florida (pictured here left and right) engaging in lively conversation with cousin Roberta Clay of Aberdeen, Maryland (center)

Victor Brown, Vice President of Business Development at the Birmingham Business Alliance, is proud of his family and it shows.

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Broad Birmingham regional coalition is getting serious about workforce development and job growth

Photo from Building (it) Together.

This week, the Bold Goals Coalition of Central Alabama’s Workforce Action Network released a major report and launched a public engagement campaign focused on aligning education, economic development and workforce development to increase job growth in the Greater Birmingham seven-county region.

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