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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About to lose your housing in Birmingham? Get help now

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Every month, rent or mortgage payments are due. Photo via Unsplash

In March, the US Congress “passed a federal mandate prohibiting evictions or foreclosures until July 24 in response to the coronavirus pandemic,” according to CNBC. Since July 24 is Friday, we pulled together resources for anyone in Birmingham that may be facing a housing crisis—whether eviction, foreclosure or homelessness.

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Quarters no longer required. You can now pay for parking in Birmingham with an app

Birmingham’s new ParkMobile sign and decals on Richard Arrington Blvd. Photo by Pat Byington for Bham Now

Hooray!! There is no need to look under your car seats, scour through your glove compartment or floor board for loose coins to park in downtown Birmingham. 

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Breaking: Rainbows appear over Birmingham during the Summer Solstice (photos)

Rainbow on June 20, 2020 at UAB. Photo by Tosha Gaines Photography – IG/ @toshaphotog

What are the chances?  Just an hour or two after the Summer Solstice began at 4:43pm, on June 20, 2020, Birmingham experienced a light summer pop-up shower. As a result, minutes later, suddenly a rainbow appeared over the city that would have made Noah and Kermit the Frog envious. 

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Will 16th Street be renamed Black Lives Matter… here are mixed reactions.

Shirley Ferrill, owner of African Wear on 16th Street. Photo by Pat Byington for Bham Now

Shirley Ferrill, owner of Ferrill African Wear has an alternative to a Birmingham City Council  resolution (details –HERE) to rename 16th Street North to Black Lives Matter Boulevard

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Birmingham extends face covering rule to July 3, while Jefco allows entertainment venues to open

Nourish team preparing for delivery (left to right): Daniel McGill, Mary Drennen. Photo via Matthew Niblett for Bham Now

The Birmingham City Council is continuing its efforts to reduce the spread of COVID-19 by extending its face covering rule to July 3rd. Meanwhile, late last week the Jefferson County Department of Health let lapse its guidance that prohibited certain entertainment venues from opening.

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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 requires face covering to fight COVID-19 while Alabama gradually opens up

Farmers at the Market at Pepper Place, April 25, 2020. Photo by Pat Byington for Bham Now

Today, the city of Birmingham passed an ordinance to require the wearing of a face covering in public during the COVID-19 health emergency.  Meanwhile, Governor Kay Ivey released a new stay at home order that gradually reopens retail businesses and the state’s beaches.

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Birmingham to suspend most curbside recycling after April 8 pickup

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Recycling truck at the Alabama Environmental Council. The AEC recycling center closed in January of 2019. Photo by Pat Byington for Bham Now

At the Birmingham City Council Meeting today, Mayor Woodfin announced that curbside recycling will be temporarily suspended after the Wednesday, April 8th citywide pickup. 

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