District 5 News

District 5 Neighborhood Leaders Workshop Helped Citizens Strategize on Working with City Leaders to Move Communities Forward

August 18, 2017

After an ice-breaking exercise in which neighborhood officers had to recall what they had seen in a bucket full of miscellaneous items that was passed around the table, Council President Johnathan Austin gave some remarks during the quarterly District 5 Neighborhood Leaders workshop. Austin spoke at length about the importance of having open and honest […]

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Birmingham City Council Connecting Community Citizens FINAL Budget Tour Stop – Here are the TOP Five Reasons to Attend

June 29, 2017

PRESS RELEASE                                                                        Thursday, June 29, 2017 Contact: Chiara Perry Phone: 205-908-7392 chiara.perry@birminghamal.gov BIRMINGHAM, AL— Tonight, the Birmingham City Council will […]

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Kick Off Memorial Day Weekend by Enjoying a Fun Night at the 2nd Annual Susan G. Komen’s BigWigs Campaign Presented by Alchemy Cares

May 26, 2017

Looking for a fantastic way to kick off your Memorial Day Weekend all while fighting for a great cause? Then glisten up your best in fabulous pink wig wear and prepare for an exciting Friday night as Alchemy Cares presents a Local Mash-up for the 2nd Annual Susan G. Komen’s BigWigs campaign fight against breast […]

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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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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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District 5 Residents Gain Insight on Community

March 8, 2017

When it comes to transparency and informing residents on developments and improvements in District 5, Birmingham City Council President Johnathan Austin is working to diligently ensure that District 5 thrives. President Austin hosted the District 5 Neighborhood Workshop giving residents the opportunity to receive updates on the land bank authority, resurfacing plans, the healthy food […]

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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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Birmingham City Council President Johnathan Austin Urges Birmingham Board of Education to Reject Charter Schools

January 24, 2017

PRESS RELEASE                                                                                   Tuesday, January 24, 2017 Contact: Brittany Sharp Phone: 205-721-5369 brittany.sharp@birminghamal.gov BIRMINGHAM, AL –Johnathan Austin, President of the Birmingham City Council, is calling on the Birmingham Board of Education (BBOE) to reject the charter school applications they will be considering at the BBOE meeting this evening. President Austin says a move like […]

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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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Calling all High School Seniors! Scholarship Opportunities Await You and Your Future!

January 19, 2017

Education is a fundamental part of life and it’s one of the most important investments students can make as they transition from high school into the real world. As the college years draw closer for many seniors all over the nation, scholarships help with solidifying a choice in the entire process. It’s never too late […]

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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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Calling All Pizza Fans! Fill Your Appetite for the Weekend and Enjoy Your Pie’s at its New Location in Uptown

December 9, 2016

It’s not enough that Birmingham recently topped Zagat’s list of 26 Hottest Food Cities in the nation, beating major cities such as New York and San Diego with the number fourteen spot. Thankfully the southern food movement won’t stop there as countless venues and restaurants continue offering unparalleled delicacies right in the heart of the […]

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Municipal Court Judge Vacancies

December 1, 2016

City Council President Johnathan Austin’s office is accepting applications for three (3) Full Time Municipal Court Judges and two (2) Special Municipal Court Judges. If you are interested in applying for one of these positions, please submit a letter of interest and resume to his office by the close of business on Friday, December 16, 2016. Office of the City Council President Johnathan […]

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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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Birmingham City Councilors Hold Press Conference to Educate Citizens on Amendment 14

November 7, 2016

On November 8th you will not only be voting on the next president, but you will also vote on local issues and statewide amendments that affect you directly. Birmingham City Council members are making sure residents of Birmingham know exactly what they are voting for when it comes to Amendment 14. Amendment 14 could have a direct impact […]

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Birmingham City Council to Host Press Conference on Amendment 14 Impact

November 7, 2016

PRESS RELEASE                                                                       Monday, November 7, 2016 Contact: Brittany Sharp Phone: 205-721-5369 brittany.sharp@birminghamal.gov Birmingham – In wake of the potential impact that Constitutional Amendment 14 could have on Birmingham, and specifically on all school systems within Jefferson County, the Birmingham City Council will hold a press conference today at 2 p.m. at Hemphill Elementary School, […]

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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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From the Classroom to the Stage: Council President Johnathan F. Austin Host Educational Workshop

November 1, 2016

Some students won’t embark on a journey to becoming doctors, lawyers or even politicians. Some students will strive to make a tremendous impact in their community through their gift of music. That’s why Birmingham City Council President Jonathan Austin with musician talents of his own decided to kick off the 75th Magic City Classic by hosting […]

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Birmingham City Council President Johnathan Austin Annual District 5 Fun Day Brings Thousands to Railroad Park

November 1, 2016

This year’s 7th Annual District 5 Fun Day was nothing short of amazing. The free, community and family event hosted by Birmingham City Council President Johnathan Austin at Railroad Park helped kick off the 75th Annual Magic City Classic the right way. The highly-anticipated event drew in hundreds of residents ready to experience an afternoon filled […]

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New Security Measures will Be Enforced at Legion Field During 75th Magic City Classic Football Game

October 27, 2016

With the enormous amount of fanfare happening leading into the anticipated faceoff between Alabama A&M and Alabama State at the 75th Annual Magic City Classic, city leaders want to make sure fans are aware of the new security measures prior to arriving at Legion Field on game day. In an effort to increase the safety […]

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Kickoff the 75th Annual Magic City Classic By Joining Birmingham City Council President Johnathan F. Austin at the 7th Annual District 5 Fun Day

October 23, 2016

PRESS RELEASE                                                                       Sunday, October 23, 2016 Contact: Brittany Sharp Phone: 205-721-5369 brittany.sharp@birminghamal.gov Birmingham – As fall sets in, here’s your chance to enjoy the beautiful weather at a great event for the entire family! Birmingham City Council President Johnathan F. Austin will kick off the 75th annual Magic City Classic by hosting the 7th […]

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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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Cities Across the Country Look to Model the Magic City!

September 28, 2016

The City of Birmingham is on an uprise and theres no chance of looking back. The Magic City continues to remain in the forefront of bringing new and innovative ideas to the city in order to enhance the lives of all citizens, and city leaders across the country want to know how Birmingham does it all. For more information […]

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Did You Know that Today is National Voter Registration Day?

September 27, 2016

As an American citizen our vote is a symbol of the diversity and strength of our voices. It’s also an opportunity for our ideas to be heard on important issues that affect many communities including our own. Studies show that in 2008, six million Americans didn’t vote because they missed a registration deadline or didn’t know how […]

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Continuing the Tradition of Continuing the Tradition of “Classic Giving Back” at the World’s Greatest HBCU Football Classic

September 27, 2016

PRESS RELEASE                                                                  Tuesday, September 27, 2016 Contact: Brittany Sharp Phone: 205-721-5369 brittany.sharp@birminghamal.gov BIRMINGHAM, AL – An outpouring of generosity resulted in a large amount of goods donated in 2015 by local residents and Magic City Classic attendees. The Birmingham City Council facilitated deliveries to the YWCA, Pathways, Jessie’s Place and First Light for […]

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Citizens Hold Townhall Meeting to Discuss The Changes They Would Like to See in Birmingham

August 28, 2016

The issues are real and citizens of Birmingham City want to see solutions. The Jefferson County Democrats recently hosted a town hall meeting called the State of Black Birmingham. During this meeting nothing was left off the table as Birmingham community leaders discussed important issues surrounding inequality between white and black Birmingham residents, education, and […]

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“Let’s Pass the Budget”: That’s The Message from Birmingham City Councilors

August 22, 2016

PRESS RELEASE                                                                            Monday, August 22, 2016 Contact: Brittany Sharp Phone: 205-721-5369 brittany.sharp@birminghamal.gov BIRMINGHAM, AL – Nearly one week after verbally coming to terms on the 2016-2017 budget, Councilors are eagerly waiting for Mayor Bell to put the budget ordinances on the agenda so that a vote can take place. Councilors met with the […]

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Ready..Set…Zyp!! New Zyp Bike Docking Station Opening Today at Smithfield Library as a Part of Community Celebration

August 14, 2016

Healthy activities combined with food fun and activities are an awesome way to balance the end of a great weekend. Today, Birmingham City Councilors are joining Zyp Bikeshare, fitness specialists and community vendors, for a day full of excitement at the Smithfield Center Street Celebration opening the newest docking station in front of the Smithfield […]

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Birmingham City Council and Mayor Bell Agree To Verbal Budget Agreement; Further Talks Scheduled

August 12, 2016

PRESS RELEASE                                                                               Friday, August 12, 2016 Contact: Brittany Sharp Phone: 205-721-5369 brittany.sharp@birminghamal.gov BIRMINGHAM, AL – An approval of the 2016-2017 budget is one step closer to becoming a reality. Members of the Birmingham City Council met with Mayor William Bell today in an attempt to layout what both sides would like to […]

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Fountain Heights Eyesore Demolished After Residents Remain Persistent On Their Efforts to Cleanup Neighborhood

August 12, 2016

  An eyesore in the Fountain Heights is no more, and residents say they are glad to see that after months and months of voicing their concerns, neighbors can now say good bye to a home that was long over due for demolition. Below are tips that can help other constituents strategize in order to get […]

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Get Ready…Set..EXCEL! Top Ten Back to School Study Hacks

August 10, 2016

Summer time is winding down for students all over the nation. While this time of the year is never unexpected, there is an eagerness for students to jump back into their daily routine and aim for success no matter what level of education they may be pursuing. We’ve researched and gathered a few study hacks […]

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Birmingham City Council Denies Approval of Haney Lease Agreement

August 9, 2016

PRESS RELEASE                                                                           Tuesday, August 9, 2016 Contact: Brittany Sharp Phone: 205-721-5369 brittany.sharp@birminghamal.gov BIRMINGHAM, AL – With a 10 year lease agreement at an annual payment $4.4 million, the Haney Building would cost taxpayers more than $45 million. The first year of the lease would alone cost citizens $1.8 million. In addition to the $4.4 […]

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Birmingham City Council Meets With Mayor Bell, Budget Talks Remain Unresolved

August 9, 2016

PRESS RELEASE                                                                               Tuesday, August 9, 2016 Contact: Brittany Sharp Phone: 205-721-5369 brittany.sharp@birminghamal.gov BIRMINGHAM, AL –“Let’s work together to improve the City of Birmingham.” That was the message that was resolved during a meeting yesterday between the Birmingham City Council and Mayor William Bell. Councilors have been waiting to hear back from the […]

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Birmingham’s Largest Asset Remains at Risk after City Council is Precluded from Voting to Hire Law Firm

August 2, 2016

PRESS RELEASE                                                                               Tuesday, August 2, 2016 Contact: Brittany Sharp Phone: 205-721-5369 brittany.sharp@birminghamal.gov BIRMINGHAM, AL – The Birmingham Water Works is the city’s largest asset and Birmingham City Councilors are doing all that they can to ensure that it stays that way. The Council and The City who were named as defendants originally […]

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Birmingham City Council Eager to Cleanup More Neighborhoods, Enhance Education, Reduce Crime Pending the Passing of the 2016-2017 Budget

August 2, 2016

BIRMINGHAM, AL – After overwhelming responses from residents on what they would like to see for the next budget, Birmingham City Councilors are ready to see a budget put in place to address those needs. Councilors held their annual budget tours back in June to go to communities in hopes of learning from constituents about […]

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Birmingham City Councilors Join Hands on Birmingham for Back to School Beautification Project

July 29, 2016

School is almost back in session and Hands On Birmingham is partnering with the Birmingham City Schools (BCS) to make sure students return to beautiful schools as a warm welcome to a great year ahead. Birmingham City Councilors will be joining those efforts by participating in the BCS Back to School Beautification “Because We Care” […]

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Birmingham City Councilors Converge on DNC In Hopes of Putting Birmingham’s Goals on the Radar for the Next Democratic Presidential Nominee

July 26, 2016

PRESS RELEASE                                                                         Tuesday, July 26, 2016 Contact: Brittany Sharp Phone: 205-721-5369 brittany.sharp@birminghamal.gov BIRMINGHAM, AL – The 2016 Democratic National Convention is in full effect, and while many attendees are anticipating the announcement of the party’s presidential nominee, Birmingham City Councilors have another agenda in mind as they look to interact with national officials attending […]

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Birmingham City Council Joining City Leaders to Kick off the Gospel Music Workshop of America

July 22, 2016

PRESS RELEASE                                                                                     Friday, July 22, 2016 Contact: Brittany Sharp Phone: 205-721-5369 brittany.sharp@birminghamal.gov BIRMINGHAM, AL – After overwhelming success over the past seven years, “Gospel Music Workshop of America” is making the Magic City it’s next stop as they continue their efforts to serve those in need. 10 local charities and churches have […]

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Zoomania! Residents Enjoy Free Day at Zoo Thanks to Birmingham City Councilors

July 15, 2016

The fun was endless and every where in sight! From the safari to zipping to feeding the animals residents in Districts 5 & 6 got to enjoy a unique experience at the zoo thanks in part to City Council President Johnathan Austin and Councilor Shelia Tyson. Councilors say the opportunity to be able to provide […]

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Neighborhoods, Schools, and Public Safety: Councilors Say Those Are The Priorities for the 2016-2017 Budget

July 13, 2016

PRESS RELEASE                                                                           Wednesday, July 13, 2016 Contact: Brittany Sharp Phone: 205-721-5369 brittany.sharp@birminghamal.gov BIRMINGHAM, AL – In their response to proposals submitted by Mayor William A. Bell Sr., the Birmingham City Council is sticking to their pledge to fund those items as the priorities in the 2016-2017 budget. “We have heard the message loud and clear […]

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Birmingham City Council Urges Transparency is Key as City Looks to Spend $5 Million in Cost Savings

June 13, 2016

PRESS RELEASE                                                                             Monday, June 13, 2016 Contact: Brittany Sharp Phone: 205-721-5369 brittany.sharp@birminghamal.gov  BIRMINGHAM, AL – Transparency. That’s the key message that Birmingham City Councilors are continuing to send as they work to cleanup Birmingham, enhance education, and reduce crime. In wake of the City’s recent announcement of a $5 million costs savings, the Council […]

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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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Bringing Out the Best in Soulful Music: Birmingham’s Own Jazz Fest Kicks Off This Weekend

June 3, 2016

Grab your lawn chairs and big sun hats and prepare your hearts for a dose of exclusive entertainment capped off with premier nightlight festivities as the 2016 Steel City Jazz Festival kicks into full swing! Thousands are expected to pour into Downtown Birmingham’s own Linn Park tonight through June 4th and jam to melodic history […]

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Birmingham City Council President Proposes Solutions to Restore Transit Services to Fairfield Terminated by the Birmingham Jefferson Transit Authority

May 26, 2016

PRESS RELEASE                                                                            Thursday, May 26, 2016 Contact: Brittany Sharp Phone: 205-721-5369 brittany.sharp@birminghamal.gov BIRMINGHAM, AL – In wake of a recent announcement by the Birmingham Jefferson Transit Authority (BJCTA), the Birmingham City Council is proposing new solutions to restore terminated services. Wednesday, the Birmingham-Jefferson County Transit Authority (BJCTA) voted to stop bus service in […]

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Birmingham City Councilors “Zyp” Through Birmingham!

May 11, 2016

From Memorial Park to city hall, City Councilors zyped through the City of Birmingham with one purpose in mind. With more than 400 Zyp bikes deployed around Birmingham city through an initiative of Rev Birmingham, Councilors took on the challenge of encourage residents to participate in the bike share program in hopes of maintaining health […]

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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 Inviting the Public to Zyp With Them to Tuesday’s Council Meeting

May 9, 2016

PRESS RELEASE                                                                               Monday, May 9, 2016 Contact: Brittany Sharp Phone: 205-721-5369 brittany.sharp@birminghamal.gov BIRMINGHAM, AL – Your Tuesday commute into downtown may involve some new faces as Birmingham City Councilors plan to Zyp into City Hall for Tuesday’s Council Meeting. Councilors will meet at 8:00 a.m. at Memorial Park located at 524 6th Ave […]

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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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The Wait Is Over: Birmingham’s Rotary Trail Will Open Today

April 6, 2016

Green spaces drive the power of true outdoor fun. Many environmentally friendly eco spaces are thriving in Birmingham communities especially in area parks with hopes to transform an age-old nostalgia of recreational community building. Well wait no more, the design is set and the new attractive landscape, also known as the Rotary Trail, conveniently located in […]

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Birmingham City Councilors Appear on International Show “Al Jazeera”

March 11, 2016

The fight to push minimum wage is making the national spotlight once again. International news network, Al Jazeera recently paid a visit to highlight all of the efforts that Birmingham City Councilors are doing to ensure that a livable wage is obtainable for all. For more information about everything the Birmingham City Council is doing […]

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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 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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Birmingham City Council President Releases Statement Regarding Today’s Move by the Governor to Prevent Minimum Wage Increases

February 25, 2016

PRESS RELEASE                                                                          Thursday, February 25, 2016 Contact: Brittany Sharp Phone: 205-721-5369 brittany.sharp@birminghamal.gov BIRMINGHAM, AL – Today, Governor Bentley and the Republican-controlled Alabama Legislature dealt a severe blow to the working-class citizens of this state and in particular, the working poor in the City of Birmingham. Once again the GOP has stood with […]

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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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Standing Up for Minimum Wage: Birmingham City Council President Johnathan Austin to Join Bernie Sanders Official for Joint Press Conference

February 18, 2016

PRESS RELEASE                                                                          Thursday, February 18, 2016 Contact: Brittany Sharp Phone: 205-721-5369 brittany.sharp@birminghamal.gov BIRMINGHAM, AL – Birmingham City Council President Johnathan Austin will hold a joint press conference today with Larry Cohen, Chairman of Labor for the Bernie Sanders presidential campaign, to discuss the importance of Birmingham’s minimum wage ordinance, and the move by […]

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U.S. Deputy Secretary of Labor Visits Birmingham to Acknowledge Local Minimum Wage Efforts

February 8, 2016

U.S. Deputy Secretary of Labor Chris Lu made his way into the Magic City to learn more about what’s being done locally to increase minimum wages. His visit comes after Birmingham city Councilors voted to raise minimum wage to $10.10 by 2017 thus making Birmingham the first southern state to raise minimum wage to a […]

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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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Historic Charm Brought to Life at the “Lyric”

February 1, 2016

Revival of the Lyric Theatre is complete. Built as a vaudeville house in 1914, it was acquired in the 90’s by Birmingham Landmark who also renovated the Alabama Theatre. After 2 years of work and over $11 million raised, the return on investment for Lyric and the entire area looks strong. For more information about […]

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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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City Council Seeks Full Disclosure on Redevelopment Plans Near Crossplex

January 25, 2016

PRESS RELEASE                                                                                              January 25, 2016 Contact: Brittany Sharp Phone: 205-721-5369 brittany.sharp@birminghamal.gov BIRMINGHAM, AL – After resolving the Region’s Field development fiasco that cost the city nearly four million dollars, Birmingham City Councilors are working diligently to ensure that citizens money is spent in the best manner to avoid unnecessary costs similar to […]

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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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Birmingham City Council Preparing to Hold Joint Meeting with Area Legislators to Discuss the Upcoming Legislative Session

January 19, 2016

PRESS RELEASE                                                                                              January 19, 2016 Contact: Brittany Sharp Phone: 205-721-5369 brittany.sharp@birminghamal.gov BIRMINGHAM, AL – On the heels of the upcoming legislative session, Birmingham City Council will meet with area legislators today to discuss matters they would like to present to the Alabama State Senate and House of Representatives. The meeting will begin […]

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Celebrating The Life and Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

January 18, 2016

A message from Council President Johnathan Austin “Everybody can be great, because everybody can serve.” ~ Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Today, as we pause to reflect on and to celebrate the extraordinary life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., I believe the most appropriate way to honor his legacy is through service and volunteerism. […]

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The Secret Is Out: People Worldwide Are Taking Notice of Birmingham

January 10, 2016

  It’s difficult to be unbiased to the awesome amenities that the City of Birmingham has to offer. With all the great restaurants and cuisines that reflect the best of the south and richness in southern hospitality, other cities hold steep competition to our culture. Well the Travel Channel has taken note as Birmingham recently […]

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Birmingham City Council President Johnathan Austin Makes a Persistent Push to Resolve TNCs Issues

December 23, 2015

PRESS RELEASE                                                                     Wednesday, December 23, 2015 Contact: Brittany Sharp Phone: 205-721-5369 brittany.sharp@birminghamal.gov  Uber Now Available in Birmingham BIRMINGHAM, AL – Birmingham City Council President Johnathan Austin has made another defining move in his role of leadership on the City Council. After passing an ordinance three weeks ago that would allow Transportation Network Companies […]

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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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Birmingham City Council President Johnathan Austin Announces Changes to Council Committee

December 8, 2015

  Governmental Affairs Committee Created; Committee Chairs Reshuffled Birmingham, Ala. – Today, City Council President Johnathan Austin officially announced the realignment of several Council Committees, as well as new committee chairmanships and assignments. The changes are designed to encourage fresh new perspectives, and to ensure each Councilor has the opportunity to gain invaluable insight into […]

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Birmingham City Councilors Approve TNC Ordinance Marking a New Era in Transportation for Birmingham

December 8, 2015

PRESS RELEASE                                                                          Tuesday, December 8, 2015 Contact: Brittany Sharp Phone: 205-721-5369 brittany.sharp@birminghamal.gov BIRMINGHAM, AL – Birmingham City Council President Johnathan Austin has led the Council in another defining moment that will be instrumental in shaping the future of transportation in Birmingham. With a 7-1-1 vote, Councilors approved an ordinance that will allow popular […]

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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 to Hold Joint Meeting with Area Legislators for Annual Legislative Agenda Meeting

December 1, 2015

PRESS RELEASE                                                                                  Tuesday, December 1, 2015 Contact: Brittany Sharp Phone: 205-721-5369 brittany.sharp@birminghamal.gov BIRMINGHAM, AL – On the heels of the next legislative session, Birmingham City Councilors will be joining area legislators to discuss items that they would like to see on the next legislative agenda. This annual meeting will take place TODAY from 2 […]

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Giving Back to Those Who Give The Most: Birmingham City Council Launches Nine Acts of Kindness

November 19, 2015

It’s hard to believe that Thanksgiving is a week away! This year has truly flown by, and as we prepare to reflect on things that we are thankful for, the Birmingham City Council  is taking time to give back to those who give the most. Through the “Nine Acts of Kindness” campaign, each Councilor is donating much needed school supplies […]

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It’s Time to Move Forward: Birmingham City Council Declares that Bringing Ridesharing Options to Our City is a Priority

November 17, 2015

PRESS RELEASE                                                                          Tuesday, November 17, 2015 Contact: Brittany Sharp Phone: 205-721-5369 brittany.sharp@birminghamal.gov BIRMINGHAM, AL – Birmingham City Councilors say the time has come to resolve the issues that don’t allow ridesharing companies in our city. A special called Committee of the Whole meeting was held today to discuss the proposed ordinance that […]

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Birmingham City Council President Johnathan Austin Declares Stop to Violence in Birmingham

November 17, 2015

PRESS RELEASE                                                                          Tuesday, November 17, 2015 Contact: Brittany Sharp Phone: 205-721-5369 brittany.sharp@birminghamal.gov BIRMINGHAM, AL – Birmingham City Council President Johnathan Austin is issuing a call to end violence in Birmingham. With the latest news of another fatal shooting in Birmingham involving a teenage male, President Austin has declared that he along with […]

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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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2015 Fun Day Impact Reaches Farther Than Railroad Park

October 26, 2015

The 6th Annual Fun Day kicked off a busy week leading up to the Magic City Classic. It was a great event for District 5, but this year it reached far beyond the edges of Railroad Park. For more information about everything the Birmingham City Council is doing visit www.birminghamalcitycouncil.org.

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When Learning is Fun: On the Heels of a Successful District 5 Fun

October 26, 2015

PRESS RELEASE                                                                           Monday, October 26, 2015 Contact: Brittany Sharp Phone: 205-721-5369 brittany.sharp@birminghamal.gov BIRMINGHAM, AL – Students who are members of the Birmingham High School Bands will get the chance to take part in a unique learning experience today. Birmingham City Council President Johnathan Austin is hosting an educational workshop to expose band members […]

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Birmingham City Council President Johnathan Austin to Kick-Off The Magic City Classic with the 6th Annual District 5 Fun Day

October 25, 2015

PRESS RELEASE                                                                           Sunday, October 25, 2015 Contact: Brittany Sharp Phone: 205-721-5369 brittany.sharp@birminghamal.gov BIRMINGHAM, AL – It’s that time of the year again! As fall sets in and the Magic City Classic festivities get underway here’s your chance to enjoy the beautiful weather at a family fun event that is free and open to […]

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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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President Austin Leads Neighborhood Officer Technology Workshop

September 4, 2015

Neighborhood presidents got a chance to ask Pres. Austin questions about the budget while he got to teach them how to find that kind of information online. The workshop offered technology education and how to navigate the council’s website while allowing these leaders in their communities a chance to have a voice. For more information […]

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Birmingham City Council President Johnathan Austin to Partner With Nike for Community Outreach Event

August 13, 2015

PRESS RELEASE                                                                           Thursday, August 13, 2015 Contact: Brittany Sharp Phone: 205-721-5369 brittany.sharp@birminghamal.gov BIRMINGHAM, AL – Sportswear giant Nike is making their mark on the Birmingham community. They are partnering with Birmingham City Council President Johnathan Austin to offer a community outreach event for youth in the Magic City. The event will take place […]

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Open container ordinance approved for Birmingham’s Uptown District

April 2, 2015

Birmingham is hoping to help boost tourism dollars by allowing visitors the opportunity to carry an alcoholic beverage from venue to venue. As part of this new open container ordinance, customers will be supplied designated cups for alcohol as they walk around the Uptown district. Acceptable areas for open containers will include the park across from the Westin Hotel, the […]

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Speaking on the World Stage: Birmingham City Council President Heads to Switzerland in Hopes of Bringing the World Games to Birmingham

January 19, 2015

PRESS RELEASE                                                                                       Monday, January 19, 2015 Contact: Brittany Sharp Phone: 205-721-5369 brittany.sharp@birminghamal.gov BIRMINGHAM, AL – As the City of Birmingham makes it’s final pitch for the 2021 World Games Birmingham City Council President Johnathan Austin will head to Switzerland with one goal in mind, and that’s to win big. Birmingham is among three other […]

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End The Year With a BANG and Dance Your Calories Away with Birmingham City Council President Johnathan Austin

December 18, 2014

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Hello From Germany

December 11, 2014

Birmingham Council President Johnathan Austin and Mayor William Bell did a live interview with Fox 6 about their trip to Germany and how it will benefit Birmingham, the surrounding areas and the state of Alabama. City leaders are excited about this trip and a chance to expand the relationship and growth potential with Mercedes.

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Birmingham City Council Supports UAB Football

November 18, 2014

Council President Johnathan Austin has submitted a resolution to recognize UAB’s athletic program for its important contributions financially and the pride it provides for District 6, surrounding communities and the state in general. Rumors of shutting down UAB football have been floating around as part of an overall UAB strategy- even with the hard work […]

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Line Dance into Thanksgiving with Birmingham City Council President Johnathan Austin and the D2 Line Dancers  

November 10, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE PRESS RELEASE                                                                             Monday November 10, 2014 Contact: Chiara Morrow Phone: 205-908-7392 chiara.morrow@birminghamal.gov BIRMINGHAM, AL-   Join Council President Johnathan Austin and burn those pre-Thanksgiving calories. On Thursday November 20, 2014 the D2 Line Dancing by Desi Keith and the Magic City Ballers Dance Group by Luellen Lucas will take DISTRICT 5 by STORM […]

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Birmingham Water Works Board Vacancy

October 23, 2014

City Council President Johnathan Austin’s office is accepting applications for a Water Works Board vacancy.  If you are interested in applying for this position, please submit a Letter of Interest and Resume by the close of business on Friday, December 5, 2014.  Please Forward To: Council President Johnathan Austin 710 North 20th Street 3rd Floor, […]

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Fifth Annual District 5 Fun Day to Kick-Off the 73rd Annual Magic City Classic

October 13, 2014

PRESS RELEASE               Monday, October 13, 2014 Contact: Chiara Morrow Phone: 205-254-2055 Cell: 205-908-7392 chiara.morrow@birminghamal.gov BIRMINGHAM, AL– As fall sets in, here’s your chance to enjoy the beautiful weather at a great event that the entire family can enjoy. Birmingham City Council President Johnathan Austin will kick off the 73rd […]

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Go Pink, Honoring Breast Cancer Awareness Month with Council President Johnathan Austin!

October 10, 2014

PRESS RELEASE                      Thursday October 10, 2014 Contact: Chiara Morrow Phone: 205-908-7392 chiara.morrow@birminghamal.gov BIRMINGHAM, AL- Birmingham City Council President Johnathan F. Austin, is passionate about the overall growth within our communities especially as it relates to health and fitness. On Thursday October 23, 2014 he is […]

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Get in Shape with Birmingham City Council President Johnathan Austin!          

September 24, 2014

PRESS RELEASE                                                                             Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2014 Contact: Chiara Morrow Phone: 205-908-7392 chiara.morrow@birminghamal.gov   BIRMINGHAM, AL- Birmingham City Council President Johnathan F. Austin, is passionate about the overall growth within our communities especially as it relates to health and fitness. This Thursday September 25th he is taking his passion a “step” further as he […]

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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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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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Get in Shape with Council President Johnathan Austin!

August 13, 2014

MEDIA ADVISORY Wednesday, August 13, 2014 Contact: Chiara Morrow Phone: 205-908-7392 chiara.morrow@birminghamal.gov BIRMINGHAM, AL- Birmingham City Council President Johnathan F. Austin, is passionate about the overall growth within our communities especially as it relates to health and fitness. This Thursday August 14th he is taking his passion a “step” further as he presents the D2 Line […]

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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 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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Council President Assembles Second Work Session for Legislative Agenda

December 31, 2013

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: John Long Phone: 205-254-2294 Cell: 205-490-4524 Birmingham, AL – Council President Johnathan Austin is organizing a second work session with state law makers on Thursday, January 9, 10:30 a.m., at the Birmingham Crossplex. The work session will include state legislators, school board members, the mayor’s staff, city councilors and members of […]

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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 President Assigns Committees

December 4, 2013

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: John Long Phone: 205-254-2294 Cell: 205-490-4524 Birmingham, AL – Newly elected Birmingham City Council President, Johnathan Austin has assigned committees for the new council term. Most of the committees have continued to be covered by their previous chair, until the new assignments were declared. “It is my intent that these committee […]

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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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