Regional News

Shipt CEO Bill Smith on why Birmingham is a great place to grow his company

Shipt CEO Bill Smith on why Birmingham is a great place to grow his company

The Birmingham Business Alliance (BBA) spoke with the CEO of Shipt, Bill Smith, this week as part of our series to highlight the three finalists for the 2017 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Awards. The BBA was proud to help nominate American Family Care, Medical Properties Trust Inc. and Shipt for the honor. Each week […]

Ed Aldag of Medical Properties Trust Inc. on being an entrepreneur

Ed Aldag of Medical Properties Trust Inc. on being an entrepreneur

This week, the Birmingham Business Alliance (BBA) spoke with the CEO of Medical Properties Trust Inc., Ed Aldag, as part of our series to highlight the three finalists for the 2017 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Awards. The BBA was proud to help nominate American Family Care, Medical Properties Trust Inc. and Shipt for […]

American Family Care’s Irwin a 2017 EY Entrepreneur of the Year Finalist

American Family Care’s Irwin a 2017 EY Entrepreneur of the Year Finalist

Three Birmingham Business Alliance (BBA) investors are finalists for the 2017 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Awards. The BBA was proud to help nominate American Family Care, Medical Properties Trust and Shipt for the honor. Each week leading up to the announcement of a winner, we will feature one of the investor finalists. […]

Behind the Scenes: Economic Development

Behind the Scenes: Economic Development

How does the Birmingham Business Alliance (BBA) help grow the Birmingham region through innovation, technology and business development? The BBA takes a leadership role in building business growth by implementing an aggressive program for economic development for the seven-county region, which includes Bibb, Blount, Chilton, Jefferson, St. Clair, Shelby and Walker counties. The BBA builds […]

Birmingham’s XpertDox seeks investors

Birmingham’s XpertDox seeks investors

Birmingham’s XpertDox has raised nearly $400,000 from local investors to fund its future growth, helping the tech startup and 2016 Alabama Launchpad winner quickly reach half its goal of $800,000 in venture capital. XpertDox is a free website that connects patients that have a rare or serious disease with doctors and hospitals that are experts […]

Automotive supplier MöllerTech begins hiring in Bibb County

Automotive supplier MöllerTech begins hiring in Bibb County

German automotive supplier MöllerTech is on the road to securing talent for its $46.3 million manufacturing facility in Bibb County, with five to six Operator positions already filled, according to AIDT. The company is expected to create 222 jobs upon completion of the facility. MöllerTech is working closely with AIDT, the state’s premiere workforce development […]

Birmingham Has Notable Year for Foreign Investment

Birmingham Has Notable Year for Foreign Investment

  Birmingham had 11 foreign companies announce 682 jobs and $250.4 million in capital investment in 2016, according to the Birmingham Business Alliance’s 2017 Regional Growth Report. Five of those companies that announced projects were new to the region. This brings the number of foreign-based companies doing business in Birmingham to 80. Many of the […]

Birmingham region gained 2,000 jobs, $587 million in investment in 2016

Birmingham region gained 2,000 jobs, $587 million in investment in 2016

The Birmingham Business Alliance (BBA) reported that 75 economic development projects were announced in 2016, accounting for 2,014 jobs and $586,539,076 in capital investment in the Birmingham region in 2016, during its 2017 Economic Growth Summit this week, presented by Sirote & Permutt PC. Brian Hilson, president and CEO of the BBA, presented economic development highlights from […]

Birmingham is a top city for affordability

Birmingham is a top city for affordability

Birmingham continues to be an affordable place to live. New scores from the 2016 Cost of Living Index showed Birmingham’s annual average cost of living score decreased over the previous year – from 91.7 in 2015 to 88.5 in 2016 (a lower score = lower cost of living; a score of 100 = national average) […]

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 […]

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