Regional News

BBA mentoring, resources key to growing Farm Bowl + Juice

BBA mentoring, resources key to growing Farm Bowl + Juice

Andrea Snyder and her husband, David, were already well-established in the restaurant business when they decided it was time for a new challenge. The Snyders founded Urban Cookhouse in 2010, and in the nearly eight years since, the business has expanded to 13 locations – four of which Snyder operates directly. Snyder, who said she […]

Walker County’s Knight honored with state economic development award

Walker County’s Knight honored with state economic development award

David Knight, executive director of the Walker County Development Authority (WCDA), was named the recipient of the David R. Echols Distinguished Service Award by the Alabama Department of Commerce. The award was given to Knight at the Economic Development Association of Alabama (EDAA) Winter Conference last week and recognizes an individual working in economic development […]

Birmingham communities utilize ACE program for long-term success

Birmingham communities utilize ACE program for long-term success

Two communities in the Birmingham region are in Phase I of the Alabama Communities of Excellence (ACE) program, which seeks to ensure economic development success among the state’s smaller communities. Center Point and Chelsea are both currently in ACE’s assessment phase, where experts visit the community to highlight its unique assets and recommend possible strategies […]

Z Modular opening new plant in Birmingham, creating 100 jobs

Z Modular opening new plant in Birmingham, creating 100 jobs

Z Modular, a division of Chicago-based Zekelman Industries, will open a new 106,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art facility in Birmingham’s Valley East Industrial Park. Z Modular is a one-stop shop for modular construction products and services. In this facility, Z Modular will produce modular units that will be shipped across the U.S. to modular construction projects. As it […]

Bus Rapid Transit System Expected to Revolutionize Birmingham Transportation

Bus Rapid Transit System Expected to Revolutionize Birmingham Transportation

Construction on Birmingham’s first Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) transfer facility in Five Points West near the Birmingham Crossplex, will begin in Fall 2018 with the entire project being completed by 2021. The city of Birmingham is working to innovate transportation through the new public transit initiative. The City of Birmingham hired STRADA Professional Services to […]

WSJ: Birmingham is a winning Southern getaway

WSJ: Birmingham is a winning Southern getaway

Another national publication has featured Birmingham as a premier destination. The Wall Street Journal showcased the Magic City in its Off Duty section with “A Birmingham Grand Slam: Packed with winning diversions, a whirlwind long weekend in Alabama’s biggest city reveals an American revival.” “The local-maker renaissance sweeping the South is redefining downtown Birmingham as […]

Autocar chooses Birmingham for truck assembly plant

Autocar chooses Birmingham for truck assembly plant

        Hagerstown, Ind.-based Autocar will invest $120 million to expand and open a manufacturing plant in Jefferson County to build its heavy-duty cab-over-engine trucks. The company is being established in an existing one million-square-foot complex located in both Center Point and Birmingham and is expected to create 746 jobs. Alabama Governor Kay […]

BBA Employees

Innovation Week Partner: Birmingham Business Alliance

As 2017 Innovation Week Birmingham comes to a close, Innovation Week partner the Birmingham Business Alliance’s CEO Brian Hilson, reflected on what the week meant to the Magic City and how celebrating it supports a sustainable innovation ecosystem. How does your organization promote innovation in Birmingham? Hilson: The Birmingham Business Alliance highlights innovation and technology in Birmingham, […]

Innovation Week Ribbon Cutting

Innovation Week Birmingham 2017 a success

Innovation Week Birmingham, presented by PNC Bank, wraps up today, with nearly 30 events around the city that celebrated innovation in Birmingham and the inventors, investors, entrepreneurs, supporters and catalysts that drive it. Innovation Week Birmingham is designed to be an open platform to showcase the numerous organizations and initiatives that support the Birmingham innovation […]

Birmingham Innovation Week Presenting Sponsor, PNC Bank, shares insight on innovation in the Magic City

Birmingham Innovation Week Presenting Sponsor, PNC Bank, shares insight on innovation in the Magic City

The 2017 Innovation Week Birmingham begins this Friday – August 18 through August 25 – and in anticipation of the week the Birmingham Business Alliance (BBA) is highlighting sponsors and partners that help make Innovation Week Birmingham possible. This is the second consecutive year that PNC Bank has helped cultivate innovation and technology in the Magic City […]

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