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Birmingham tech training program impacting local workforce

Birmingham tech training program impacting local workforce

When Haley Blackburn graduated from the University of Alabama in 2013 she worked as a wedding planner and later at an IT staffing firm. But the work she had prepared for in college and had been educated for wasn’t fulfilling and she lacked passion. That’s when she found Covalence, the software and web development training […]

Publix Super Markets’ New Distribution Center to Create 300 Jobs in Jefferson County

Publix Super Markets’ New Distribution Center to Create 300 Jobs in Jefferson County

Publix Super Markets celebrated its first day of processing at its new 638,000-square-foot distribution center in McCalla this week with an opening celebration and media tour. The facility will consist of 600,000 square feet of warehouse space and 38,000 square feet will be dedicated to cafeteria space, where workers will receive a free meal each […]

BBA: Birmingham’s existing business growing at a steady rate

BBA: Birmingham’s existing business growing at a steady rate

As an economic development organization, we have a saying: Before we travel anywhere in the world to recruit a new company to Birmingham, we better walk across the street to find out how the companies here are doing. The Business Retention and Expansion program of the Birmingham Business Alliance (BBA) is one component of the […]

The Generation Initiative: Preparing Birmingham Talent to Reach Their Dreams

The Generation Initiative: Preparing Birmingham Talent to Reach Their Dreams

  The first round of Generation Initiative training  in Birmingham is full, ahead of courses beginning on February 13. The initiative will help underemployed and unemployed youth gain access to job interviews with local companies, IT certification assistance and career coaching. Generation is a youth employment program that recruits, trains and places young people in jobs. It is […]

Birmingham makes prestigious New York Times travel list

Birmingham makes prestigious New York Times travel list

Where will you go in 2017? If you follow the advise of The New York Times, Birmingham, Ala., should be on any traveler’s list. Birmingham was named on the New York Times’ list of 52 Places to Go in 2017. The national publication cited the revitalization of Birmingham neighborhood Avondale as a main attraction. “Birmingham’s […]

Waymond Jackson, vice president of workforce development at the BBA addresses workforce professionals at the Blueprint 2020 Managing the Pipeline Workshop.

Workforce development resources explored at BBA workshop

Secondary and post-secondary educators, administrators, counselors, career coaches, career services professionals, human resource managers and recruiters from around the Birmingham region attended the Birmingham Business Alliance’s Managing the Talent Pipeline Workshop at the Alabama Workforce Training Center last week. The workshop gave participants the opportunity to discuss successful programs and challenges facing the Birmingham and Alabama […]

BBA Chairman's Luncheon 2016

BBA Celebrates Innovation, Announces New Officers

The Birmingham Business Alliance 2016 Chairman’s Luncheon focused on the central component of growth in most cities today:  innovation. Bruce Katz, a Brookings Institution Centennial Scholar, delivered an address centered on how Birmingham is already moving in an innovative direction and provided insight to how city leaders can keep this surge going. Katz commented on […]

BBA Talent Recruitment Project Connects 160 Students with Leading Companies

The Birmingham Business Alliance’s Magic City Classic Talent Recruitment Project (TRP) provided an innovative platform for leading businesses to engage and make vital connections with 160 STEM and business students from 14 different colleges across the state last Friday. Bruno Events Team, the City of Birmingham and the BJCC helped sponsor the dynamic event that […]

Birmingham a Top 10 city for YP population growth

Birmingham a Top 10 city for YP population growth

Recently released data indicates the City of Birmingham ranks No. 7 among the 150 largest U.S. cities for growth in young professionals over the last five years. Between 2010 and 2015, Birmingham’s population between the ages 25 to 34 that have at least a bachelor’s degree grew by 56 percent, according to the U.S. Census […]

Birmingham’s business community needs a National Park

Birmingham’s business community needs a National Park

By Nan Baldwin By now, many in the business community know about the City of Birmingham and Congresswoman Terri Sewell’s tremendous efforts to create a National Park in the Birmingham Civil Rights District. A National Park, which would include A. G. Gaston Motel, 16th Street Baptist Church, Kelley Ingram Park, the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, […]

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