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Time for our old Birmingham leadership to croak

CasketThe above title is not my quote because I would be one of the “croakers,” but it’s something I hear from the younger generation regularly.  Okay, they may not use the word, “croak,” but they say it’s time for our old leadership to step aside.

The next generation of Birmingham leaders does not understand our racial divide.  They grew up in a different time and they see the possibilities and advantages of a common vision.

Steve Boswell, a young professional, in his guest blog characterized our older citizens and leaders as ‘doubters’—“a group who believe the racial divide has evolved into an immortal chasm that will not be bridged.” Continue reading Time for our old Birmingham leadership to croak

WOW! The response took my breath away

Lee Thuston
Lee Thuston, Managing Partner, Burr & Forman
Ty Dodge
Ty Dodge, President & CEO, RealtySouth

I never could have predicted this would happen.

When we started talking about a better metropolitan Birmingham with an emphasis on government structure, no one took us seriously.

Now in a short 30 months, dialogue about government structure and particularly government consolidation has moved to the top of the list.

The Birmingham Business Journal (BBJ) recently unveiled its list of Birmingham’s most influential executives and ran the following poll, “Which issue should Birmingham’s Most Influential Executives address? Continue reading WOW! The response took my breath away

An idea that would transform Birmingham

Sam Addy
Sam Addy, Director of the Center for Business and Economic Research at the University of Alabama

How about an idea most people think would transform Birmingham–but they will not consider because they think it would be impossible to implement?

You may say we don’t need to do anything different because we’re making progress.  We are making progress, but let‘s look at how metro Birmingham compares to our regional rivals in several key areas. (Birmingham Business Journal January 10, 2014).

Comparison of eight peer cities:  Birmingham, Austin, Atlanta, Charlotte, Memphis, Nashville, New Orleans, Oklahoma City: Continue reading An idea that would transform Birmingham

Judge Scott Vowell tells it like it is

Judge Scott Vowell

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 and generous people; and we’re located in the heart of the South.

How can we fail? Continue reading Judge Scott Vowell tells it like it is

I did a back flip when the BBJ ran this piece

We started publishing the ComebackTown blog nearly a year ago to begin a discussion on improving government for metro Birmingham.

We had become completely frustrated because no community leader was willing to discuss better government.  The response was always, “That’s impossible…so let’s concentrate on something that’s doable.”  Of course, it’s impossible to achieve anything meaningful because of poor government structure.

I was beginning to think we were all alone when this editorial appeared in the Birmingham Business Journal. Continue reading I did a back flip when the BBJ ran this piece

BBJ Readers support unified metro government–two to one

 

I was dumbfounded when I saw the results.

The Birmingham Business Journal ran a poll the week of February 29, 2012.

Readers were asked, “Would you be in favor of a unified metro area government for Birmingham?”

The response was more than two to one in favor. Continue reading BBJ Readers support unified metro government–two to one

Will the last big company left in Birmingham please turn out the lights

Regions Bank--Birmingham's last remaining Fortune 500 Company

 

With Vulcan Materials facing a hostile takeover bid from a North Carolina-based competitor, Birmingham is on the verge of losing another public company headquarters.  Even if Vulcan survives, the trend is ominous.

According to a Birmingham Business Journal article from December 16, 2011, titled “A troubling trend for Birmingham,” a little more than a decade ago, Birmingham was home to at least 30 publicly traded companies and now we’re down to 15. Continue reading Will the last big company left in Birmingham please turn out the lights