Category Archives: Corporate community

UAB the biggest and best hope for Birmingham

ComebackTown is published by David Sher to begin a discussion on a better Birmingham. Today’s guest blogger is Mike Warren.  If you’d like to be a guest blogger, please click here. My name is Mike Warren. I grew up in Auburn, attended … Continue reading

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Why should one Birmingham CEO have to chair four major non-profits?

If you were to ask my five year old Birmingham grandson what he wants to be when he grows up, he’ll tell you he wants to be a super hero. It’s such an innocent response and kind of sad that … Continue reading

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Birmingham’s 50 most influential execs—maybe not?

On August 30, 2013, The Birmingham Business Journal (BBJ) published a list of Birmingham’s 50 most influential executives.  (Click here to see BBJ list of 50 most influential executives) The BBJ tried to answer the question, “Who holds the power … Continue reading

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Birmingham 2043: Pinch me

I couldn’t believe my eyes.  The words jumped off the page. Why my excitement? I attended Leadership Birmingham in 1992. At our final session, the last speaker, a corporate leader, concluded his speech and asked if there were any questions. … Continue reading

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Birmingham powerless again

Let’s talk about the Alabama Department of Transportation’s controversial plan for expanding and reconfiguring Interstate 20/59 through downtown Birmingham. My understanding is the plan calls for limited access to our downtown and for the continuation of 20/59 to cut through … Continue reading

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New York is jealous of Birmingham

Birmingham makes the top of many city lists—some of which make us cringe.  However, most are not significant—and the methodology’s questionable. But on lists that really matter, Birmingham often excels. In fact, I could have titled this piece, “Atlanta is … Continue reading

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Why Birmingham’s government is so screwed up

The primary objective of ComebackTown is to create a conversation on a “better Birmingham.” We often talk about what’s great about our metro, but we also want to identify our shortcomings so we can begin to propose solutions. Many are … Continue reading

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Judge Scott Vowell tells it like it is

Birmingham’s always been called the “city of potential promise,” but our metro area continues to struggle. Our children are leaving.  Our largest companies are abandoning us.   And we’re experiencing little or no growth. Birmingham is beautiful; we have smart … Continue reading

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A challenge for the Birmingham Business Alliance

“Let’s take one incredibly hard issue and prove we can solve it“ Giant headline front page,–The Birmingham News February 28, 2012,  “Let’s take one incredibly hard issue and prove we can solve it.” The article then quotes Johnny Johns, the … Continue reading

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Birmingham has done it again!

It’s one of those things we take for granted living in our Birmingham region. It’s an important quality of life issue—one we seem to take for granted. We may be at the bottom of many lists, but this one—we excel. … Continue reading

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