9 highlights from a productive year in tech in Birmingham, including Ed Farm

Tim Cook meeting with Odessa Woolfolk, founding board chair of the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute. Photo by Pat Byington

Despite ups and downs, 2020 has been a magical year for tech news in The Magic City. We took a look back to see some of the biggest tech events in Birmingham in 2020—including the announcement of Ed Farm.

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Shipt is adding another 50,000 more shoppers to its national network

Shipt downtown Birmingham, Alabama headquarters. Photo by Pat Byington for Bham Now

Just in time for the holiday season, Birmingham-based Shipt announced this week that it’s adding another 50,000 shoppers to its national network. This is in addition to the 100,000 shoppers Shipt announced it would be onboarding nationwide in October.

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Birmingham’s booming startup scene attracts 23 Venture for America fellows + meet 6 of them

Birmingham has become the fastest-growing market in the VFA network since 2015. Photo via @dyoungblood71 on Instagram

Birmingham is no stranger to startups and fresh job opportunities. Not to toot our own horn, but the Magic City is the fastest-growing market in the Venture for America network. That’s why Birmingham attracted twenty-three new Venture for America fellows from around the country to work at local startups. Keep reading to see why we’re kind of a big deal, and meet some of our future leaders.

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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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$1.6 Million will go to ‘100 Homes, 100 Days’ renovations across the 99 neighborhoods

Council President Valerie Abbott and City Council members Darrell O’Quinn, Sheila Tyson and John Hilliard attended the press conference in the Wahouma neighborhood via City of Birmingham.

Last month, Mayor Woodfin announced the “100 Homes, 100 Days” project that will repair the homes of citizens across the city.

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Update: Shipt goes all in, announces Birmingham expansion, promises 881 jobs

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Shipt is hiring! The company plans to bring 881 highly-skilled jobs to Birmingham. Photo via Shipt

The City of Birmingham, Jefferson County, the state of Alabama, along with Alabama Power, the Birmingham Business Alliance and Innovate Birmingham contributed to support Shipt’s expansion in Birmingham.

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Same-day delivery available at select Birmingham Target locations on February 1

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Great news Birmingham Target fans! After recently acquiring Shipt – a membership-based grocery delivery startup located in our very own city of Birmingham – Target will officially launch its same-day delivery service on February 1. That’s less than a week away. Score! Continue reading “Same-day delivery available at select Birmingham Target locations on February 1”