District 2 News

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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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Romeo Comes to City Hall & Sweeps Councilor off Her Feet

January 11, 2016

Only took 50 years, but thanks to council assistant Earlene Prince,  a childhood dream comes true for Councilor Kim Rafferty as “Romeo” came and swept her off of her feet. For more information about everything the Birmingham City Council is doing visit www.birminghamalcitycouncil.org.

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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 2

November 20, 2015

Our Nine Acts of Kindness project continues this time with a visit to Putnam Middle School in District 2.  Through the “Nine Acts of Kindness” campaign, each Councilor is donating much needed school supplies to each school in their district to show our appreciation for our students and teachers as we pause to reflect on […]

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New Upgrades On the Way: Birmingham City Councilors Approve More Technology Upgrades for Emergency Systems

November 6, 2015

Addressing emergency concerns in the City of Birmingham will soon become a little easier. That’s in part to new system upgrades that were recently approved by the Birmingham City Council. The Birmingham Fire and Rescue Department dispatch and emergency service is a vital part of response time when tragedies or emergencies occur and knowing this, […]

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Let Your Voice Be Heard: Birmingham City Council Reminding the Public To Submit Their Comments Regarding Updates to Proposed Transportation Code

November 4, 2015

Press Release                                                                           Wednesday, November 4, 2015 Contact: Brittany Sharp Phone: 205-721-5369 brittany.sharp@birminghamal.gov BIRMINGHAM, AL – As the Birmingham City Council looks to finalize plans regarding updates to the City’s transportation code, the public is encouraged get their comments in before the November 13th deadline. Those comments will be used as part of 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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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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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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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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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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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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Councilor Kim Rafferty Welcomes a Weekend of Fun with Carnival and Health Fair for District 2 Residents

July 18, 2015

MEDIA ADVISORY                                                                              Saturday, July 18, 2015 Contact: Chiara Morrow Phone: 205-908-7392 chiara.morrow@birminghamal.gov BIRMINGHAM, AL- Health checkups, food and fun is one way to kick off a great weekend. Today, Councilor Kim Rafferty will help do just that as she joins healthcare specialists, for a day full of activities for the entire family at […]

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Birmingham City Councilor Kim Rafferty Inviting Public to Attend Jazz in the Park Series in District 2

June 26, 2015

PRESS RELEASE                                                                                   Saturday, June 27, 2015 Contact: Brittany Sharp Phone: 205-721-5369 brittany.sharp@birminghamal.gov BIRMINGHAM, AL– What’s […]

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Councilor Kim Rafferty To Take Part in National Conference of State Transportation Specialists

June 9, 2015

PRESS RELEASE                                                                                    Tuesday, June 9, 2015 Contact: Brittany Sharp Phone: 205-721-5369 brittany.sharp@birminghamal.gov BIRMINGHAM, AL- […]

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Councilor Kim Rafferty races around Barber at 155 mph promoting 2015 Indy Race

April 27, 2015

The 2015 Indy Car race had a huge economic impact for Birmingham. Past promotions of the event included Mayor Bell driving an indy car in downtown Birmingham, showing the power of the car but also the power of Birmingham’s ability to host such a large event. A good sign when looking ahead to the World Games coming […]

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Birmingham City Councilor Kim Rafferty Inviting Public to Attend UAB Alumni Game Celebration

April 10, 2015

PRESS RELEASE                                                                               Friday, April 10, 2015 Contact: Brittany Sharp Phone: 205-721-5369 brittany.sharp@birminghamal.gov BIRMINGHAM, AL – It may not be fall yet, but football is returning to Legion Field in the form of an alumni game celebration featuring more than 120 former UAB Blazers. The game will kick off at 11 a.m., on Saturday, […]

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City Councilor Kim Rafferty shares her recipe for Amish Friendship Bread on Pinterest

February 27, 2015

When Birmingham City Councilor Kim Rafferty is in a pinch to find a gift she always turns to this delicious bread.  It’s a classic!  Councilor Rafferty says with little effort you can bake up this tasty treat which offers just the right personal touch. Total time:  1 hour 15 mins Yields: 16 1 cup Amish Friendship […]

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Birmingham City Councilor Kim Rafferty Inviting the Public to Participate in Fourth Annual Wacky Tacky Christmas Light Tour

December 10, 2014

PRESS RELEASE Wednesday, December 10, 2014 Contact: Chiara Morrow Phone: 205-908-7392 chiara.morrow@birminghamal.gov BIRMINGHAM, AL -Thousands of lights and gravity defying displays! That’s what you can expect at the fourth annual Fresh Air Family’s Wacky Tacky Christmas Light Tour! The tour will take place Tuesday, December 16, 2014 from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., and will […]

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Ready to Run-Councilor Kim Rafferty Offers Women Campaigning Advice

November 12, 2014

District two Councilor Kimberly Rafferty was the featured speaker at UAB’s Ready to Run event. It was a conversation about what it takes for a woman to hit the campaign trail. Councilor Rafferty shared her perspective as one of four women on the council. She is the Chair of the Transportation & Communication Committee and […]

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Birmingham Council Members to Skydive for Charity Fundraiser Saturday

September 26, 2014

PRESS RELEASE                                                                            Friday, September 26, 2014 Contact: Chiara Morrow Phone: 205-908-7392 chiara.morrow@birminghamal.gov   BIRMINGHAM, AL- It’s a bird it’s a plane, no it’s actually Birmingham City Councilor’s preparing to jump out of a plane! At least that will be the case Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014 as Councilor Valerie Abbott and Councilor Kim Rafferty […]

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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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Birmingham City Council’s Efforts for Keeping Riders Safe Touted Nationally

September 17, 2014

PRESS RELEASE        Wednesday, September 17, 2014 Contact: Brittany Sharp Phone: 205-254-2036 Cell: 205-721-5369 brittany.sharp@birminghamal.gov Birmingham, AL. – The Birmingham City Council is committed to keeping riders safe who use transportation services. Those efforts are being recognized nationally as three states have now requested to see the transportation code for the City of Birmingham. […]

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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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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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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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Birmingham Sister City Program Continues to Soar

June 12, 2014

MEDIA ADVISORY Thursday, June 12, 2014 Contact: Brittany Sharp Phone: 205-721-5369 brittany.sharp@birminghamal.gov BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Birmingham City Councilor Kimberly Rafferty is inviting the public to learn more about Birmingham’s Sister City Program through an ongoing international flag display along the 1st Avenue side of East Lake Park. A group of officials will formally kick off […]

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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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