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This number will scare the bejeebies out of you

Do you have bejeebies? If you do, your bejeebies will be obliterated when you see the one  depressing statistic that best describes the economic health of metropolitan Birmingham. Please note we’re not talking about just the City of Birmingham or Jefferson County.  We’re talking … Continue reading

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What would Birmingham look like without UAB–Anniston?

To compare Birmingham with no UAB to Anniston is an unfair exaggeration and I apologize to the good citizens of Anniston.  I could have selected any mid-sized city, but I Googled “cities in Alabama” and Anniston came to the top … 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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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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Go home and get your act together!

Our BBA (Chamber of Commerce) takes a trip to Washington every year to visit our Alabama Senators and Congressmen and to lobby for legislation and money. The BBA prepares a priority agenda and typically a small group of business leaders, … Continue reading

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Convoluted government brings us to our knees

  The year was 2002.  Dave Adkisson, the then Birmingham Chamber of Commerce President, and I were in St. Louis jogging early one morning when we struck up a conversation with a local runner. He asked where we were from … Continue reading

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How can we have UAB and suck?

  When our Chamber of Commerce (BBA) visited Charlotte in 2004, we were greeted by the President of the University of North Carolina Charlotte. Charlotte’s a city on fire, but the first words out the President’s mouth were, “We don’t … Continue reading

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Does Birmingham have poor corporate leadership?

  I had the opportunity to talk with a new corporate CEO who moved to Birmingham from Nashville a few years back. I asked, “So what do you think of Birmingham?”  Then I looked down at my shoes waiting to … Continue reading

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Nashville spits on Birmingham

  Up until a few years ago, our Chamber of Commerce (currently BBA), organized a trip of community leaders and politicians to visit other cities.  They were called the “BIG Trips,” and the purpose was to learn what works in … Continue reading

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