District 1 News

8th Annual District 1 Music and Movie Festival Brought Out the Best in Wholesome Family Fun and Entertainment

August 12, 2017

“Get up out of those chairs and have a good time tonight,” Councilor Lashunda Scales said to the several hundred people gathered at the 8th Annual District 1 Movie and Music Festival held at Huffman High School on Friday. The foreboding rain clouds didn’t dampen the spirits of those who came out to enjoy the […]

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An Inspirational Mother’s Day Message to All Mothers from Councilor Lashunda Scales

May 13, 2017

Mother’s Day is one of the most celebrated holidays in our nation. Keeping consistent with honorary traditions, Councilor Lashunda Scales wants to make sure all mothers know just how valuable they truly are. During a Mother’s Day Brunch at Tuggle Elementary School, she gave powerful words of encouragement to children and their mothers to celebrate […]

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Birmingham City Councilors Prepare to Give Greetings and Celebrate the Civil Rights District as a National Monument

April 14, 2017

PRESS RELEASE                                                                                     Friday April 14, 2017 Contact: Chiara Perry Phone: 205-908-7392 chiara.perry@birminghamal.gov BIRMINGHAM, AL – On Saturday Birmingham City Councilors will join hundreds of citizens from near and far to celebrate their collaborative efforts with the City of Birmingham and U.S. Representative Terri Sewell to make sure Birmingham’s rich history will never go untold. […]

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Let’s Talk: District 1 Crime and Economics Town Hall Meeting Offers Solutions

March 17, 2017

Only a few months into 2017, residents in Birmingham have seen a string of crime related incidents plague their communities. With one of the highest crime rates in America compared to all communities in the country, Birmingham City Councilor Lashunda Scales hosted an open dialogue town hall meeting where citizens could voice their concerns on […]

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Birmingham City Council Week Ahead: 3/20 – 3/24

March 17, 2017

These are the highlights of what the Birmingham City Council will be addressing this coming week. For more information about everything the council is doing visit www.birminghamalcitycouncil.org.

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GEAR UP Summer Program Registration Begins

March 15, 2017

Summer vacation is right around the corner and there’s one program gearing up to help propel your child towards a life of success. GEAR UP, which stands for Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs is offering free summer camp programs. The GEAR UP summer camp program offers more than 25 programs at a […]

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Birmingham City Council Week Ahead: 3/13 – 3/17

March 10, 2017

These are the highlights of what the Birmingham City Council will be addressing this coming week. For more information about everything the council is doing visit www.birminghamalcitycouncil.org.

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Future Leaders In Training

March 9, 2017

From Councilor to Momma Scales, students in the Eastern area know that when she steps foot on campus a good learning lesson is on the way. And her recent visits to W.J. Christian and Martha Gaskins were no different. The evening began with a visit to W.J. Christian Middle School as Councilor Scales served as a panel […]

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Birmingham City Council Week Ahead: 3/6 – 3/10

March 3, 2017

These are the highlights of what the Birmingham City Council will be addressing this coming week. For more information about everything the council is doing visit www.birminghamalcitycouncil.org.

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Birmingham Careers Launch New Program

March 1, 2017

There’s a new program in Birmingham available for students that’s absolutely free. The Birmingham City Council launched Birmingham Careers to ensure that youth in the City of Birmingham are equipped with all the tools necessary to land thousands of high paying technology jobs right out of high school. Birmingham City Council President Johnathan Austin says […]

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Birmingham Careers Launches Today, Securing Nearly 5,000 Jobs for Students

February 23, 2017

PRESS RELEASE                                                                 Thursday, February 23, 2017 Contact: Brittany Sharp Phone: 205-721-5369 brittany.sharp@birminghamal.gov Birmingham – Did you know that according to U.S. Labor Department projections, 63% of all new jobs created between now and 2020 would not require a college degree? In knowing this, the Birmingham City Council wants to make sure that our youth are equipped with all the tools […]

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Birmingham City Council Week Ahead: 2/20 – 2/24

February 17, 2017

These are the highlights of what the Birmingham City Council will be addressing this coming week. For more information about everything the council is doing visit www.birminghamalcitycouncil.org.

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Councilors Stand Firm to Make Education a Top Priority

February 15, 2017

Across the United States, city leaders and organizations have turned their attention to collectively investing resources and implementing a wide range of strategies in an effort to dramatically improve student achievement through educational funding. Education, being a vital part of any community, is an ongoing movement of transformation proving to be an invaluable asset for […]

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Birmingham City Council Week Ahead: 2/13 – 2/17

February 10, 2017

These are the highlights of what the Birmingham City Council will be addressing this coming week. For more information about everything the council is doing visit www.birminghamalcitycouncil.org.

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Quality Food and New Jobs Land in Downtown Birmingham

February 9, 2017

The anticipation was at an all time high as hundreds of shoppers eagerly awaited the opening of a first class grocery store downtown. The Birmingham City Council along with downtown residents and workers gathered to cut the green ribbon for the opening of Publix Supermarket. Until now, downtown Birmingham was considered to be a food […]

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Birmingham City Councilors Outline Plans For A New Stadium

February 8, 2017

UAB football is back and better than ever. With the 2017 football season just months away, The Birmingham City Council got a chance to tour the new UAB football facility that is slated for completion by July 1st. Councilors also discussed ways in which they can continue to support the football program in the future, and […]

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Birmingham City Council Week Ahead: 2/6 – 2/10

February 3, 2017

These are the highlights of what the Birmingham City Council will be addressing this coming week. For more information about everything the council is doing visit www.birminghamalcitycouncil.org.

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Birmingham City Councilors Approve Sanctuary City Resolution

February 2, 2017

‘Land of the free and home of the brave’ is what many Americans are echoing across the country in the wake of President Donald Trump’s executive order placing a temporary travel ban on citizens traveling from seven Muslim-majority nations to the U.S. In the midst of the emotional chaos, millions of citizens are choosing to stand for […]

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Residents in Birmingham Pay Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

February 1, 2017

It was a day of remembering one of our nation’s most dedicated Civil Rights activists. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. stood for nonviolence in the many faces of racial adversity. For many of the youth of the City of Birmingham, it marked the fulfilling of commitment to work out their differences and abstain from any […]

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The Birmingham City Council Continues to Tell Birmingham’s Story

January 23, 2017

There are many stories that go untold everyday, but thanks to the efforts of the City of Birmingham and U.S. Representative Terri Sewell the story of Birmingham will never go untold. In one of his lasts actions as President, Barack Obama signed a proclamation naming the Birmingham Civil Rights District a national monument. This makes […]

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New Starbucks and Comfort Inn Headed to District 8

January 20, 2017

A new Starbucks and Comfort Inn are headed to District 8 creating a new shopping facility that both residents and those visiting the Crossplex can enjoy. Birmingham City Council President Pro-Tem Steven Hoyt, who serves as the Councilor for the District which this facility resides in says he couldn’t be happier to see construction of this […]

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Birmingham City Council and State Legislators Lay Out Plan for Birmingham Ahead of Legislative Session

January 18, 2017

Reducing crime, improving education, and revitalizing neighborhoods continues to be top priority for the Birmingham City Council. Just weeks before the regular session begins in Montgomery, the Birmingham City Council is making sure they remain top priority for Alabama lawmakers as well. For more information about everything the Council is doing visit www.birminghamalcitycouncil.org.

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District 1 Residents Receive an Early Christmas Gift!

December 22, 2016

It was a night of surprises with announcements that Santa himself had to come in to to deliver. The surprises were ongoing all night, as residents headed down Economic Development Boulevard at the  7th Annual Holiday Gala hosted by Birmingham City Councilor Lashunda Scales. Take a look at this video to see what’s coming to District 1! For more information about everything […]

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The Birmingham City Council Urges Residents to GO VOTE!

November 8, 2016

Today is a pivotal day in American history and the Birmingham City Council urges all citizens to go vote. If you haven’t yet figured out where your polling place is on Election Day — which is Tuesday, November 8 — Google can help you find it. There are three easy ways to find this information through Google. […]

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The Birmingham City Council Commemorates 75 Years of the Magic City Classic By Hosting Numerous Free Events

November 1, 2016

75 Years of Success….including continuous economic impact, new opportunities for development, and a lifetime of memories and that’s just to name a few! To celebrate decades of the historic Magic City Classic, city leaders came together to host a number of free events for both residents and fans alike. For more information about everything the Council […]

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The Birmingham City Council Returns to the Neighborhoods to Break Down the 2016 – 2017 Budget

October 6, 2016

After hosting a budget tour to gain feedback from the public on what they would like to see included in the $426 million dollar budget, Birmingham City Councilor members went back into the neighborhoods to show residents how there tax dollars are being put to use to cleanup communities, improve schools, and reduce crime activity. During the tour residents not only gained […]

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7th Annual District 1 Music & Movie Festival A Big Hit For Residents Citywide!

August 15, 2016

Sweet tunes and tons of food was nothing short of the best for Birmingham City Councilor Lashunda Scales’ District 1, 7th Annual Music and Movie Festival. Hundreds of residents attended the free event, which Councilor Scales presents each and every year to instill pride in one’s community and enhance the quality of life for all […]

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Birmingham City Councilor Lashunda Scales Inviting the Public to the Seventh Annual District 1 Music & Movie Festival

August 5, 2016

PRESS RELEASE                                                                         Friday, August 5, 2016 Contact: Brittany Sharp Phone: 205-721-5369 brittany.sharp@birminghamal.gov BIRMINGHAM, AL – The Seventh Annual District 1 […]

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Happening This Week: District 1 Music & Movie Festival!

August 1, 2016

It’s an event that people rave about year, after year, and this year you can it expect it to be even bigger, even better, and even bolder than before. We’re talking about the 7th annual District 1 Music & Movie Festival. On Friday, August 5th Councilor Lashunda Scales is inviting you to join her at Huffman High School to hear […]

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Birmingham City Council Pledges the $5 Million Savings Will be Returned Back to the Neighborhoods

June 4, 2016

PRESS RELEASE                                                                             Saturday, June 4, 2016 Contact: Brittany Sharp Phone: 205-721-5369 brittany.sharp@birminghamal.gov BIRMINGHAM, AL – In wake of recent news, that the City of Birmingham has $5 million due to cost savings, the Birmingham City Council is ready to return those funds back to the areas that needs them the most. This pledge to […]

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Jazz in the Park Makes a Stop in District 1

June 3, 2016

Smooth jazz, lots of festivals, and endless food trucks can only mean one thing…summer is here and residents in District 1 are kicking off the season with the annual Jazz in the Park. With more than $125,000 approved by the Birmingham City Council, Jazz in the Park is set to take place in all nine districts. Jazz in the Park has become one […]

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District 1 Graduates Credit Councilor Lashunda Scales With Helping Them Reach Their Goals

May 24, 2016

Through words of encouragement and a little bite of tough love, Councilor Lashunda Scales hopes that her support of Birmingham City Schools will continue to teach students the importance of persevering through challenging situations. Her commitment to schools is paying off once again as many students recently walked across the stage to receive their diplomas with Councilor Scales […]

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Birmingham City Council Re-elects Councilor Johnathan Austin to Council President; Elects Councilor Steven Hoyt to President Pro-Tempore

May 10, 2016

PRESS RELEASE                                                                                   Tuesday, May 10, 2016 Contact: Brittany Sharp Phone: 205-721-5369 brittany.sharp@birminghamal.gov BIRMINGHAM, AL – In accordance with the recent changes made to the Mayor-Council Act by the Alabama Legislature, which in part required the City Council to hold leadership elections at today’s Council Meeting, the Birmingham City Council voted today re-electing Councilor […]

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Birmingham City Council Approves Funding for the Reinstatement of UAB’s Football Program

May 4, 2016

UAB football is coming back and thanks in part to support from the Birmingham City Council. Tuesday, the Birmingham City Council approved a resolution for a funding agreement with the Board of Trustees for the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). Under this agreement the City will provide funding in the amount of $2,500,000.00, payable […]

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Birmingham City Council to Host Offsite Council Meeting on Tuesday, April 26, 2016 – Video Details

April 23, 2016

The City Council wants to keep you, the citizens more informed on issues that affect your community. Birmingham City Council is set to hold an offsite meeting at 6pm on Tuesday, April 26 at Avondale Elementary. Council members are looking forward to reaching a number of citizens through a meeting that is more convenient for you. […]

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Birmingham City Council to Host Offsite Council Meeting on Tuesday, April 26, 2016

April 18, 2016

MEDIA ADVISORY                                                                                  Monday, April 18, 2016 Contact: Brittany Sharp Phone: 205-721-5369 brittany.sharp@birminghamal.gov BIRMINGHAM, AL– In an effort to increase engagement with the citizens concerning issues that affect their neighborhoods, the Birmingham City Council will hold an offsite meeting on Tuesday, April 26, 2016 at Avondale Elementary located at 4000 8th Ct S, […]

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Painting the Picture to Success: Women Leaders Paint Their Vision For Birmingham

April 5, 2016

Women are leaders, women are innovators, and most importantly women are visionaries. To celebrate the contributions that women make to Birmingham, leaders were invited to take part in a visionary event during which their ideas for Birmingham, were brought to life through art. For more information about everything the Birmingham City Council is doing visit www.birminghamalcitycouncil.org.

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Birmingham City Councilors Making National Airwaves

March 10, 2016

The work that is being done by Birmingham City Councilors is being recognized nationally. MSNBC featured the Council on the “Chris Jansing” show during a recent visit to Birmingham. To see the interview in it’s entirety and to learn more about what the Birmingham City Council is doing, please click on the video link to […]

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A Conversation About Our Past, As We Continue Building On Our Future

March 8, 2016

Where does Birmingham currently stand, and how to do we continue to excel at the next level? That was the topic of discussion during a forum that was held in honor of Black History Month.  The panel included City Councilors as well as former Councilors, and community leaders who are shaping what Birmingham will be […]

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Birmingham City Councilors Emphasize the Importance of Reading During Dr. Seuss Week

March 3, 2016

Birmingham City Councilor Valerie Abbott along with council colleagues Marcus Lundy, Steven Hoyt and Lashunda Scales put on their Dr. Seuss hats this week and read to excited students at various elementary schools in the City of Birmingham for Dr. Seuss week.Noted as one of the most anticipated weeks to millions of smiling faces across […]

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Birmingham City Council Presents: A Conversation About Our Past, As We Look to Continue Building On our Future

February 29, 2016

PRESS RELEASE                                                                                    Monday, Feb. 29, 2016 Contact: Brittany Sharp Phone: 205-721-5369 brittany.sharp@birminghamal.gov BIRMINGHAM, AL – Where does Birmingham currently stand, and how to do we continue to excel at the next level? That’s the question that Birmingham City Council wants you to answer during a special panel discussion taking place at 6 p.m. […]

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Cooking With the Council: A Lesson in the Kitchen With Our Seasoned Residents

February 24, 2016

PRESS RELEASE                                                                                   Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2016 Contact: Brittany Sharp Phone: 205-721-5369 brittany.sharp@birminghamal.gov BIRMINGHAM, AL – Birmingham is rich in history, and much of that history is due in part to our “seasoned residents.” As the Birmingham City Council looks to continue building on that history, they are looking to learn from some of […]

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Birmingham City Council Stay the Course and Gain Support of Both Residents & Businesses

February 23, 2016

The Birmingham City Council has once again displayed that a new paradigm is underway. After learning about state legislator David Faulkner’s move to try and prevent the minimum wage increase approved by the Council, a new ordinance was proposed that would make the increase go into effect on Wednesday, February 24, 2016. That ordinance was […]

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Connecting Nonprofits: Birmingham City Council Pulls Off First Ever Nonprofit Tour

February 4, 2016

The first ever Nonprofit tour, “Paving the Way for Birmingham’s Greatest Assets” provided resources to those who help others in our community. Nonprofits are essential for continued growth so the Birmingham City Council embarked on these meetings to assist the hundreds of organizations who work tirelessly to improve the quality of life for citizens in […]

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U.S. Deputy Secretary of Labor Chris Lu to Visit Birmingham, Discuss Importance of City’s Minimum Wage Ordinance

February 4, 2016

WASHINGTON – U.S. Deputy Secretary of Labor Chris Lu will join Birmingham City Council President Johnathan Austin at Buck Mulligan’s Public House, a restaurant in Birmingham, Ala., to discuss an ordinance approved by the Birmingham City Council last year to raise the city’s minimum wage from $7.25 to $10.10 per hour by July 2017. The owner […]

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Birmingham City Council to Hold Final Session for Nonprofit Tour

February 3, 2016

PRESS RELEASE                                                                                              January 26, 2016 Contact: Brittany Sharp Phone: 205-721-5369 brittany.sharp@birminghamal.gov BIRMINGHAM, AL – Nonprofits are essential to Birmingham’s growth and in recognizing that, the Birmingham City Council is looking to assist the hundreds of organizations who work tirelessly to improve the quality of life for citizens in Birmingham. Today, the Birmingham City Council […]

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Governmental Affairs Committee Recommends Enhancements for City Government

February 2, 2016

PRESS RELEASE                                                                        Tuesday, February 2, 2016 Contact: Brittany Sharp Phone: 205-721-5369 brittany.sharp@birminghamal.gov BIRMINGHAM, AL – New policies intended to clarify business operations for the City of Birmingham are on today’s Birmingham City Council agenda. The policies were introduced by the newly created Governmental Affairs Committee, which is chaired by City Councilor Lashunda Scales. The […]

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Birmingham City Council Launches Nonprofit Tour: Paving The Way for Birmingham’s Greatest Assets

January 26, 2016

PRESS RELEASE                                                                                              January 26, 2016 Contact: Brittany Sharp Phone: 205-721-5369 brittany.sharp@birminghamal.gov BIRMINGHAM, AL – Nonprofits are essential to Birmingham’s growth and in recognizing that, the Birmingham City Council is looking to assist the hundreds of organizations who work tirelessly to improve the quality of life for citizens in Birmingham. Today, the first Nonprofit […]

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Road to Revitalization Continues: Birmingham City Councilors Vote to Appropriate Settlement from BP Oil Spill to Neighborhood Improvements

January 19, 2016

PRESS RELEASE                                                                                              January 19, 2016 Contact: Brittany Sharp Phone: 205-721-5369 brittany.sharp@birminghamal.gov BIRMINGHAM, AL – Birmingham City Councilors are continuing to stand on the promise they made to revitalize neighborhoods. Today Councilors approved an ordinance that will appropriate nearly $300,000.00 into the 99 neighborhoods that exists within Birmingham. The money comes from a settlement from BP, which […]

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‘Twas the Night Holiday Gala Celebrates District 1

December 24, 2015

District One has celebrated a good economy, and now they are celebrating families, which are the true driving force for this community. Councilor Lashunda Scales’ “Twas the Night holiday gala allowed citizens to become acquainted with their neighbors both near and far while also taking the time to touch on continuous economic growth in Birmingham’s […]

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Birmingham City Councilors Lashunda Scales Selected to Chair New Governmental Affairs Committee

December 10, 2015

PRESS RELEASE                                                                         Thursday, December 10, 2015 Contact: Brittany Sharp Phone: 205-721-5369 brittany.sharp@birminghamal.gov BIRMINGHAM, AL – The Birmingham City Council took a bold step on Tuesday, December 8, 2015.  President Johnathan Austin restructured the Council’s committee assignments with the intent to build on past success while maximizing opportunities for policy improvements. In addition, President Austin also introduced a newly formed Governmental Affairs Committee […]

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Councilor Lashunda Scales to host Twas the Night Gala Kicking Off Christmas Season for the Entire Family

December 3, 2015

It is indeed the MOST wonderful time of the year! So why not come decked in your holiday attire and help spread the holiday cheer with Councilor Lashunda Scales as she hosts the citizens of District 1 and surrounding communities at the ‘Twas the Night Gala. The event will take place this Friday December 4, […]

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Birmingham City Councilors Bringing in the Holiday Season by Ringing Bells at Various Salvation Army Kettle Locations

December 2, 2015

MEDIA ADVISORY                                                                   Wednesday, December 2, 2015 Contact: Brittany Sharp Phone: 205-721-5369 Brittany.sharp@birminghamal.gov Birmingham, Ala. – As the holiday season approaches, Birmingham City Councilors will be taking on a new role as they participate in the Salvation Army Red Kettle program as bell ringers. Councilors will be at various locations throughout the City of Birmingham this […]

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Economic Development, Enhanced Education, and Better Transportation Options Lead the Discussion During the Annual Legislative Agenda Meeting

December 2, 2015

PRESS RELEASE                                                                            Tuesday, December 1, 2015 Contact: Brittany Sharp Phone: 205-721-5369 brittany.sharp@birminghamal.gov BIRMINGHAM, AL – As local legislators prepare for the 2016 legislative session, Birmingham City Councilors are doing their part to ensure that items relevant to Birmingham are front and center for the next session. A joint meeting organized by Birmingham […]

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Birmingham City Council’s “Nine Acts of Kindness” Continues With District 1

November 20, 2015

Our Nine Acts of Kindness project continues this time with a visit to Sun Valley Elementary School in District 1.  Through the “Nine Acts of Kindness” campaign, each Councilor is donating much needed school supplies to schools in their district to show their appreciation for our students and teachers as we pause to reflect on the […]

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Classic Week Boosts Economy While Providing for Those in Need

November 2, 2015

Celebrations during “Classic” week invited people to enjoy themselves and spend time in Birmingham, which provides an economic impact of over $20 million, but this year’s event also provided for those in need. For more information about everything the Birmingham City Council is doing visit www.birminghamalcitycouncil.org.

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Magic City Classic Giving Campaign Starts a New Tradition

October 30, 2015

Councilors took donations this week at Legion Field in an effort to give back to those less fortunate and the organizations that help them. You were asked and you responded by filling a small truck with clothing, food and basic necessity items that can be used at places like the YWCA, First Light, Jessie’s Place […]

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TIME CHANGE: Councilors Will Present Items Collected During the Clothing and Food Drive to Local Shelters Today

October 30, 2015

Media Advisory                                                                                     Friday, October 30, 2015 Contact: Brittany Sharp Phone: 205-721-5369 brittany.sharp@birminghamal.gov BIRMINGHAM, AL – In its first year, the Birmingham City Council’s Clothing and Food Drive has proven to be a huge success! The outpouring of generosity resulted in a large amount of goods donated two days this week by Magic City Classic attendees […]

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The Best is Yet to Come: Legion Field Undergoing Major Facelift In An Attempt to Revamp the Old Gray Lady

October 20, 2015

A new scoreboard, revitalized parking operations, and stadium amenities are a few of the numerous changes on the rise at Birmingham’s favorite past time stadium Legion Field, also known fondly to many as the ‘Old Gray Lady’. Today Birmingham City Councilors voted on the consent agenda to approve a resolution approving the appointment of TSE […]

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Introducing New Traditions At the Nation’s Largest HBCU Football Classic

October 19, 2015

Press Release                                                                              Monday, October 19, 2015 Contact: Brittany Sharp Phone: 205-721-5369 brittany.sharp@birminghamal.gov BIRMINGHAM, AL – For the past few decades, it has been a long standing tradition for fans to gather together during the last week of October at Legion Field to enjoy a highly recognized rivalry game, amazing half-time performance, and tailgate experience. This tradition […]

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Birmingham City Councilors Approve More Weed Abatement Contracts and Set Out to Engage Residents on Progress

October 7, 2015

With the recent announcement of the hiring of additional contractors, Birmingham residents can expect to see faster completion dates for revitalization projects. During Tuesday’s Council Meeting, Birmingham City Councilors approved resolutions accepting the bids of Triple H Ground Maintenance, LLC, Southeastern Conveyor Services, Inc., Xtreme Brush Cutters, and T.H. Lawn Service to address the abatement […]

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Auto Supplier Investing $530M into District One

October 7, 2015

Birmingham is continuing to pave the way for expansion. As car manufacturers like Mercedes and Honda develop in and around Alabama, suppliers are in great demand. One company ready to meet those necessities is Kamtek. They are investing $530 million to expand operations on 78 acres in Birmingham’s Valley East Industrial Park in District One. […]

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People Got Moving this Weekend for Good Causes in Birmingham

September 28, 2015

Sistah Strut Breast Cancer Run got people moving to help fight cancer, while the 2nd Annual 5k Boulevard Blast in Norwood raised money for that community, and then District four got to move their feet to great music for “Jazz on the Patio”. For more information about everything the Birmingham City Council is doing visit […]

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Birmingham City Council Approves Funding to Provide Housing for Low-Income Families

September 24, 2015

Non-profit organizations are a vital part of our communities. Birmingham City Councilors often rely on their enormous variety of services to contribute and impact the lives of many in need. On Tuesday, Birmingham City Councilors voted unanimously to approve a resolution authorizing the Mayor to enter into a joint commitment with the nonprofit agency United […]

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Success in Stilettos-Empowering Women to Greatness

September 24, 2015

Councilor Lashunda Scales is an advocate for helping women embrace their journey in life so they can exceed set goals. “Success in Stilettos” is that program and allows dozens of women to hear this message. For more information about everything the Birmingham City Council is doing visit www.birminghamalcitycouncil.org.

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Councilors Keeping an Eye on Progress of Clearing Overgrown Lots

September 22, 2015

Community pride is being restored all over Birmingham thanks to $6.5 million councilors approved in the budget to tear down abandoned homes and cut overgrown lawns. Councilor Sheila Tyson has been keeping tabs on the progress and in a matter of days neighbors have seen houses torn down, weeds removed and trees that were blown […]

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Roadways, Interchanges and Corridors: Birmingham City Councilors Hone in On Regional Travel and Traffic Concerns

September 21, 2015

Birmingham City Councilors recently approved an ordinance authorizing the Mayor to execute a Cost Sharing Agreement between the City of Birmingham, and surrounding municipalities. This agreement between the City of Hoover, the City of Irondale, the City of Leeds, the City of Mountain Brook, the City of Vestavia Hills, the Birmingham Water Works Board, Jefferson […]

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Birmingham City Councilors Continue to Raise Bar on Drawing National Events to the South with FIFA Women’s Cup Championship Event

September 20, 2015

PRESS RELEASE                                                                       Sunday, September 20, 2015 Contact: Chiara Perry Phone: 205-908-7392 chiara.perry@birminghamal.gov BIRMINGHAM, AL- It’s finally here! Fans and soccer mania enthusiasts from all over the world are in Birmingham to witness the 2015 FIFA (Fédération Internationale de Football Association) Women’s Cup Championship. The number one ranked United States National Soccer Team will […]

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District One Community Framework Meeting Provides Vital Feedback for City Planners

September 17, 2015

This is an exciting time for the Northeastern area as city leaders begin to layout the framework for development communities around Birmingham. Meeting with residents is key to that process so that they are able to collaborate with city leaders and create a plan that will reflect their vision for their area. For more information […]

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Birmingham City Councilor Lashunda Scales to Host Framework Planning Meeting for the Northeastern Area

September 14, 2015

Press Release                                                                              Monday, September 14, 2015 Contact: Brittany Sharp Phone: 205-721-5369 brittany.sharp@birminghamal.gov BIRMINGHAM, AL – Are you interested in learning more about what’s next for the Northeastern side of Birmingham, specifically as it relates to jobs and economic development? If so then this is an event that you do not want to miss. […]

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Birmingham City Councilors to Meet With Mayor William Bell Concerning Status of Capital Projects

September 11, 2015

PRESS RELEASE                                                                               Friday, September 11, 2015 Contact: Brittany Sharp Phone: 205-721-5369 brittany.sharp@birminghamal.gov BIRMINGHAM, AL – The Birmingham City Council will meet with Mayor Bell today to receive an update on all of the city’s capital projects. Today’s meeting follows a moratorium that was put in place earlier this week by Councilors. The moratorium […]

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Birmingham City Council Calls for Moratorium on Capital Projects: Demanding Full Transparency from Mayor Bell

September 8, 2015

PRESS RELEASE                                                                          Tuesday, September 8, 2015 Contact: Brittany Sharp Phone: 205-721-5369 brittany.sharp@birminghamal.gov BIRMINGHAM, AL – It’s evident, Birmingham is without a doubt on the rise. However, as the city continues to move in a progressive direction, the Birmingham City Council is working diligently to strengthen public trust in local government by the action […]

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Birmingham District 1 Report Card #1

August 18, 2015

We have received so many positive responses to our District 1 report card, and we wanted to share our achievements with YOU. Please click on the video link below to see what the buzz is all about……   MUST SEE VIDEO!  

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Just In Time for the Holidays: Birmingham City Councilor to Surprise Eastern Area Family

December 22, 2014

MEDIA ADVISORY            Monday, December 22, 2014 Contact: Brittany Sharp Phone: 205-721-5369 brittany.sharp@birminghamal.gov BIRMINGHAM, AL -Councilwoman Lashunda Scales, 98.7 KISS FM and local area businesses partnered to present their highly anticipated “Acts of Kindness” initiative for four eastern area (4) Birmingham City Schools, three (3) Fire Stations (27, 28, 30) and the […]

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Holiday Gala Held for District 1

December 8, 2014

District one Councilor Lashunda Scales threw a stunning holiday gala which included a mix of music, food and inspirational messages. Big band music, jazz, and even a mariachi performance were just some of the musical highlights. Huffman High School’s gymnasium was transformed for the event. This is the fifth holiday gala Councilor Scales has held in […]

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Councilor Lashunda Scales Delivers “Thanks” for Thanksgiving

November 26, 2014

As people reflect during this time of year, some of their greatest happiness will surely come from spending time with their families. In District 1- that family is very large. And while plenty of your relatives may not show up without food, Councilor Lashunda Scales isn’t one of them. For more than five years now, […]

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98.7 KISS FM and Local Businesses Partner with Councilwoman Lashunda Scales to Show Acts of Kindness

November 24, 2014

Press Release                                                                                  Monday, November 24, 2014 Contact: Julius White Phone: 205-873-4894 julius.white@birminghamal.gov BIRMINGHAM, AL- With Thanksgiving only days away, 98.7 KISS FM, Home Depot (Trussville store), Alabama Farmer’s Market, Evans Meats, Roebuck Supercenter Wal-Mart, Sil-Loh Properties, Councilwoman Lashunda Scales and Eastern Area Progress are gearing up for their highly anticipated “Acts of Kindness” initiative […]

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Big Picture Meeting for District 1

October 31, 2014

The east side of Birmingham is talking. With a large & diverse population, District 1 has a vision for growth and is poised to execute bringing new retail and businesses to their community. To help formulate a plan, residents need to be educated about the possibilities. A recent town hall meeting at Huffman High School […]

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Birmingham City Councilors to Participate in the 44th Annual Legislative Conference

September 23, 2014

PRESS RELEASE                                                   Contact: Brittany Sharp                         Phone: 205-721-5369 brittany.sharp@birminghamal.gov   Tuesday, September 23, 2014 –  (Birmingham, Al) – The Congressional […]

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16th Street Baptist Memorial

September 18, 2014

The memory of Cynthia Wesley, Carole Robertson, Addie Mae Collins and Carol McNair was honored on the final day of Empowerment Week. At 10:22 on September 15th 1963 … the four little girls lost their lives when a bomb exploded at the 16th Street Baptist Church. The crime galvanized the nation and the civil rights movement. District […]

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Birmingham City Council Heightens Outreach Efforts for Birmingham’s Hispanic Community

September 18, 2014

PRESS RELEASE               Thursday, September 18, 2014 Contact: Brittany Sharp Phone: 205-254-2036 Cell: 205-721-5369 brittany.sharp@birminghamal.gov BIRMINGHAM, AL- In commemoration of Hispanic Heritage month, Birmingham’s City Council has begun an initiative to provide outreach and information in Spanish to its Hispanic Community. Efforts to reach to the Hispanic community have started […]

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Empowerment Week

September 11, 2014

Birmingham is celebrating the future while remembering the past. Empowerment week is getting underway on Thursday. The event is in honor of the 1963 civil rights movement. There will be a memorial at the 16th Street Baptist Church, as well as, music festivals, and a panel discussion on racial and social justice, equality and economic […]

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Equipping Educators-City Leaders Meet

September 4, 2014

The setting doesn’t include desks, students or chalkboards, but learning was in progress when Birmingham City Councilors and school board members had a luncheon to discuss educating students at an optimum level. Providing the best tools for educators and students requires a collective effort by local and state officials to find the resources needed. Part […]

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Councilor Scales presents “BIG Picture” Vision At Eastern Area Town Hall Meeting

September 3, 2014

PRESS RELEASE    Wednesday, September 3, 2014 Contact: Julius White Phone: 205-873-4894 Julius.white@birminghamal.gov  BIRMINGHAM, AL-With eastern area business re-development as the main topic and holistic growth opportunities on the agenda, Councilor Lashunda Scales will share her district’s ‘big picture’ vision at two Town Hall meetings scheduled on Monday, September 15, 2014 and Monday, October 27, 2014. […]

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Birmingham City Council Planning Meeting To Hear the State of the Birmingham City School System

August 29, 2014

PRESS RELEASE Friday, August 29, 2014 Contact: Chiara Morrow Phone: 205-908-7392 chiara.morrow@birminghamal.gov BIRMINGHAM, AL—Council President Johnathan Austin makes it his duty to abide by the new paradigm of collaboration and communication not only with the Birmingham City Council and Mayor’s Administration but also with the Jefferson County Commission, Birmingham Board of Education, and area legislators. To […]

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Birmingham City Council to Take on National Ice Bucket Challenge and Donate to Local ALS Chapter

August 26, 2014

MEDIA ADVISORY  Tuesday, August 26, 2014 Contact: Chiara Morrow Phone: 205-908-7392 chiara.morrow@birminghamal.gov BIRMINGHAM, AL- The Birmingham City Council is committed to making differences in the Greater Birmingham and surrounding communities. As many prepare to say goodbye to the summer season, councilors will join the cause and undergo a “cool” challenge to raise funds for a […]

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Birmingham City Council to Meet with Area Legislators at Legislative Agenda Meeting

August 25, 2014

PRESS RELEASE  Monday, August 25, 2014 Contact: Chiara Morrow Phone: 205-908-7392 chiara.morrow@birminghamal.gov BIRMINGHAM, AL-In efforts consistent with shifting the paradigm of moving the City of Birmingham forward, the Birmingham City Council will have their next City of Birmingham Legislative Agenda Meeting Tuesday, August 26, 2014 from 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. at the Birmingham Civil […]

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Eastern Area Music & Movie Festival Promises BIG Talent for FINAL Show!

August 14, 2014

PRESS RELEASE Thursday, August 14, 2014 Contact: Julius White Phone: 205-873-4894 julius.white@birminghamal.gov BIRMINGHAM, AL-With area schools back in session and families desiring to enjoy one last summer blast, Birmingham’s eastern area Music and Movie Festival promises to seal the season with its FINAL presentation. The event is FREE and open to the general public. With […]

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Birmingham City Council to Vote on Proposed Resolution to Rescind Insurance Hikes

August 8, 2014

MEDIA ADVISORY Friday, August 8, 2014 Contact: Brittany Sharp Phone: 205-721-5369 brittany.sharp@birminghamal.gov BIRMINGHAM, AL- In an effort to find a solution to the increase in rates for Birmingham city employees and retirees, councilors have asked that a resolution be added to Tuesday’s agenda that would rescind the most recent benefit changes. During a special called […]

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Working Together Under a New Paradigm: Training Session Planned for Mayor Bell and City Council

August 1, 2014

PRESS RELEASE Friday, August 1, 2014 Contact: Brittany Sharp Phone: 205-254-2036 brittany.sharp@birminghamal.gov BIRMINGHAM, AL- In keeping with the new paradigm that has been set by Mayor Bell and the Birmingham City Council, a training session will be held to highlight the vision for collectively moving the city forward. The session, involving Mayor Bell, City Councilors, Committee […]

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Birmingham City Council Committed to Improving Transportation Options That Will Keep Citizens Safe

July 21, 2014

PRESS RELEASE Monday, July 21, 2014 Contact: Brittany Sharp Phone: 205-254-2036 brittany.sharp@birminghamal.gov BIRMINGHAM, AL- As new transportation options become available, the Birmingham City Council is committed to increasing those services for citizens. A vote will take place during tomorrow’s council meeting that will improve rules for taxicab drivers, with the goal of keeping citizens safe […]

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City Council Looks To Increase Economic Development

July 18, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Friday July 18, 2014 MEDIA ADVISORY Contact: Brittany Sharp Phone: 205-254-2036 brittany.sharp@birminghamal.gov BIRMINGHAM, AL- Builders looking to build in Birmingham may soon have an easier process to go through. A resolution from the economic development committee will go before the council Tuesday that will streamline the authorization process for professional service and […]

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Flying High to Seek New Opportunities

July 8, 2014

MEDIA ADVISORY Tuesday, July 8, 2014 Contact: Brittany Sharp Phone: 205-254-2036 brittany.sharp@birminghamal.gov BIRMINGHAM, AL- With the revamp of the Birmingham Airport, now is the perfect opportunity to highlight areas of economic development that are available within and around the airport. To do this, Birmingham City leaders, along with 21 municipalities, including mayors, councilors, and commissioners […]

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LIVE Music, Movie, Water Slides and Birmingham Zoo Exhibit at District 1 Music & Movie Festival

June 27, 2014

PRESS RELEASE Friday, June 27, 2014 Contact: Julius White Phone: 205-873-4894 julius.white@birminghamal.gov BIRMINGHAM, AL – With area students out of school and many families seeking to find recreational activities, it’s no question that Birmingham’s eastern area Music and Movie Festival is where you should be. Each year this event has grown in attendance with crowds of […]

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District 1 Music & Movie Festival

June 19, 2014

Press Release Thursday, June 19, 2014 Contact: Julius White Phone: 205-873-4894 julius.white@birminghamal.gov BIRMINGHAM, AL – With area students out of school and many families seeking to find recreational activities, it’s no question that Birmingham’s eastern area Music and Movie Festival is where you should be. Each year this event has grown in attendance with crowds […]

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Birmingham City Council Passes Budget Ahead of July 1st Deadline

June 10, 2014

Press Release Tuesday, June 10, 2014 Contact: Brittany Sharp Phone: 205-721-5369 brittany.sharp@birminghamal.gov BIRMINGHAM, AL- For the first time in four years the Birmingham City Council has passed a budget not just on time, but ahead of time. The 2014-2015 fiscal year budget passed by a majority vote during Tuesday’s council meeting. Councilors have been working […]

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Birmingham City Council Set to Meet to Approve 2014-2015 Operating and Capital Budget

June 5, 2014

MEDIA ADVISORY Thursday June 5, 2014 Contact: Brittany Sharp Phone: 205-254-2036 brittany.sharp@birminghamal.gov BIRMINGHAM, AL- As the 2014-2015 fiscal year draws nearer, the Birmingham City Council is working tirelessly to ensure that a budget is in place. The council received the mayor’s proposed Operating and Capital Budget on May 13th, a week earlier than required by […]

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Birmingham City Council to Hold Final Budget Workshop

June 2, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Monday June 2, 2014 MEDIA ADVISORY Contact: Brittany Sharp Phone: 205-254-2036 brittany.sharp@birminghamal.gov BIRMINGHAM, AL- As the 2014-2015 fiscal year draws nearer, the Birmingham City Council is working tirelessly to ensure that a budget is in place. The council received the mayor’s proposed Operating and Capital Budget on May 13th, a week earlier […]

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“Council Connecting Community Citizens” Birmingham City Council to hold Final Budget Hearing

May 29, 2014

MEDIA ADVISORY Thursday May 29, 2014 Contact: Brittany Sharp Phone: 205-254-2036 brittany.sharp@birminghamal.gov   BIRMINGHAM, AL- The Birmingham City Council is cordially inviting all citizens within the City of Birmingham and surrounding areas to join them for the final budget hearing tonight at 6:00 p.m. at Don Hawkins Park and Recreation Center, 8920 Roebuck Blvd. This […]

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Birmingham Public Library to remember the late Birmingham City Council President Maxine H. Parker

May 21, 2014

MEDIA ADVISORY Wednesday May 21, 2014 Contact: Chiara Morrow Phone: 205-254-2055 Cell: 205-908-7392 chiara.morrow@birminghamal.gov BIRMINGHAM, Ala.– After temporarily closing last fall of 2013 for renovations, the Inglenook Library will reopen on Thursday, May 22, 2014 with a grand reopening ceremony at 8:30 a.m. The address is 4100 40th Terrace North. In 2013, the Birmingham City […]

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Birmingham City Councilors Hold Budget Hearings for 2015 Budget

May 21, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE MEDIA ADVISORY Wednesday May 21, 2014 Contact: Chiara Morrow Phone: 205-254-2055 Cell: 205-908-7392 chiara.morrow@birminghamal.gov BIRMINGHAM, AL- Birmingham City Councilors will meet today to hear from the public about the 2015 budget. The annual hearing for the City of Birmingham will begin at 4 p.m. in the Council Chambers. Both the council and […]

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Budget Talks at the Ballpark Birmingham City Council to hold Budget Hearings at Regions Field

May 14, 2014

MEDIA ADVISORY Wednesday May 14, 2014 Contact: Brittany Sharp Phone: 205-254-2036 brittany.sharp@birminghamal.gov   BIRMINGHAM, AL- The Birmingham City Council is cordially inviting all citizens within the City of Birmingham and surrounding areas to participate to join them at Regions field for an educational experience that will outline how the city’s budget process works. This first […]

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Birmingham City Council Supports State Legislation Allowing Cities to Sell Car Tags

January 28, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: John Long Phone: 205-254-2294 Cell: 205-490-4524 Birmingham, AL – The Birmingham City Council today passed a resolution supporting proposed state legislation by Representative Paul Demarco that would allow cities to sell vehicle tags and collect a fee. The resolution, sponsored by Council President Pro-tem Jay Roberson, is calling for the city […]

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Birmingham City Council Leader & Neighborhood Members Visit Spartanburg, South Carolina

January 22, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE MEDIA CONTACTS: John Long – 205.490.4524 Alice Gordon, Skye Connect Inc. – 205.520.8989 BIRMINGHAM CITY COUNCIL LEADER & NEIGHBORHOOD MEMBERS VISIT SPARTANBURG FOR FACT FINDING TOUR ON ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES (BIRMINGHAM, AL) Nearly 40 neighborhood coalition members, community advocates, City of Birmingham Department heads, elected officials, EPA staff and members of the media […]

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ALDOT Officials to Provide I-20/59 Update at Special Called Committee Meeting

January 14, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: John Long Phone: 205-254-2294 Cell: 205-490-4524 Birmingham, AL – There will be a special called meeting of the Birmingham City Council’s Transportation and Communications Committee Wednesday, January 15, 4:00 p.m., in the Council Chambers. Officials from the Alabama Department of Transportation will update the Council on the proposed I-20/59 bridge replacement […]

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Council Approves Legislative Agenda / Work Session Set for Thursday

January 7, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: John Long Phone: 205-254-2294 Cell: 205-490-4524 Birmingham, AL – The Birmingham City Council today voted to adopt the 2014 City of Birmingham Legislative Agenda. The adoption of the agenda comes before a second work session scheduled with state lawmakers this Thursday and the 2014 session of the Alabama State Legislature begins […]

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Birmingham City Council Passes New Food Truck Ordinance

December 17, 2013

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: John Long Phone: 205-254-2294 Cell: 205-490-4524 Birmingham, AL – The Birmingham City Council today passed a new food truck ordinance, establishing new regulations by which the different types of mobile food service businesses can operate. The new ordinance creates food zones, establishes operating restrictions from brick-and-mortar restaurants, sets operating hours and […]

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Birmingham City Council Passes New Zoning Regulations for Payday Lending and Title Pawn Businesses

December 17, 2013

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: John Long Phone: 205-254-2294 Cell: 205-490-4524 Birmingham, AL – The Birmingham City Council today approved new zoning rules for payday and title lending businesses operating within the city limits. The latest regulations require that new payday and title pawn businesses operate at least 2,000 feet from existing operations of comparable industry. […]

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Birmingham City Council Appropriate Funding to Demolish Downtown Eyesore

November 27, 2013

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: John Long Phone: 205-254-2294 Cell: 205-490-4524 Birmingham, AL – The Birmingham City Council Tuesday approved $750,000 in funding to demolish the long-vacant, downtown eyesore; Adams Inn, located on 10th Street North alongside Interstate 65. Now that the funding has been approved, the asbestos abatement and bidding process can begin. Demolition is […]

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