District 7 News

100 Days of Nonviolence Kicks Off with Recognition of Safe Places from Violence in Birmingham

October 13, 2017

PRESS RELEASE                                                                               Friday October 13, 2017 Contact: Chiara Perry Phone: 205-908-7392 chiara.perry@birminghamal.gov A.G. Gaston Boys and Girls Club Partners as model safe place for youth Birmingham, AL — […]

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Birmingham To Shine A Little Brighter with Newly Installed LED Street Lights

August 21, 2017

The Magic City’s streets are getting a lot brighter thanks to the 17,000 LED street lights that have been installed throughout every district in recent years. Another 10,000 will be illuminating Birmingham by the end of the year, according to Councilor Jay Roberson, who chairs the Utilities Committee. “This project got started thanks to the […]

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Councilor Jay Roberson Partners with Siamese Dreams to Award Young Men Johnston & Murphy Dress Shoes in Exchange for Air Jordan’s

April 20, 2017

With innovation as the ticket to help groom the next generation of exceptional leaders, Councilor Jay Roberson doesn’t hold back any punches when organizing efforts to propel the youth in the direction of their dreams. This Saturday at 9 am, many young men will experience mentoring on a completely different level as Councilor Roberson joins […]

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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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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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New Publix Food Market Coming to District 7

January 9, 2017

2017 is already off to a great start for the City of Birmingham. City leaders and local officials recently announced that Publix Super Market would be making its home in District 7 in the very near future. Birmingham City Councilor Jay Roberson spoke about how significant this new development is to not only District 7 but to […]

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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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Young Men in the City of Birmingham Sign Pledge Against Violence

October 26, 2016

Hundreds of male students in the Birmingham School System have joined Birmingham City Councilor Jay Roberson for the Annual 100 Days of Nonviolence Initiative. Hoping to deter crime in the City of Birmingham, Councilor Roberson felt it his duty to the city to create this initiative 7 years ago to help engage youth in the […]

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Birmingham Councilor Jay Roberson Helps Spread the Magic of Literacy During Magic City Classic Book Drive with GPS Educational Services

October 25, 2016

PRESS RELEASE                                                                               Tuesday, October 25, 2016 Contact: Chiara Perry Phone: 205-908-7392 chiara.perry@birminghamal.gov BIRMINGHAM, AL – Birmingham City Councilor Jay Roberson is partnering with GPS Educational Services to invite the public to participate in the Magic City Classic Book Drive this week as part of the “100 Days of Nonviolence” initiative by donating new […]

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Wildwood Shopping Center to Receive New Makeover

October 14, 2016

The Wildwood Shopping Center is getting a new makeover. Birmingham City Councilor Jay Roberson says this will be one of the largest developments in District 7. The $30 million deal recently approved by the Birmingham City Council includes the development of two new retail pads along the south side of Lakeshore Parkway. The development of this site is […]

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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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New Activities Began Tonight for the Annual District 7 Football Classic

October 6, 2016

For five years Councilor Jay Roberson has made the District 7 Football Classic a priority for engaging youth in competitive sports. Little League teams from the Crestwood Colts and Wenonah Young Dragons will take to the turf once again to make good on that priority in the battle for the championship title at the “Fifth […]

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Plans of Redevelopment in District 7 Spark Excitement Citywide

October 5, 2016

The recent announcement concerning revitalization plans in the Wildwood Shopping Center has sparked a huge wave of excitement by both residents and retailers who currently operate businesses within the shopping center. Tuesday Birmingham City Councilors voted to approve a resolution authorizing the Mayor to execute a project agreement with Lakeshore Parkway Retail, LP to develop […]

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Local Leaders Gather to Honor a Pillar in the Birmingham Community

September 28, 2016

Many know Mr. Calvin Sturgeon Sr. as a pillar of his community. His contributions and businesses have helped flourish and uphold the community of District 7 for over 50 years. City officials, community leaders and residents of District 7 recently gathered to celebrate a sign dedication in honor of the late Mr. Calvin Sturgeon Sr. […]

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Little Free Libraries Growing By Leaps and Bounds!

August 16, 2016

What better way to start off the new school year than by making sure students have the proper resources to ensure a successful school year? Birmingham City Councilor Jay Roberson kicked off the new school year by presenting a check to Little “Free Libraries” to further support additional libraries in the Magic City. The libraries […]

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New Jobs Coming to Birmingham as Oxford Pharmaceuticals Opens Their Doors

August 5, 2016

A newly $29 million dollar facility in the City of Birmingham is now open and ready for business. State, City, and Local officials were all on hand to celebrate the opening of Oxford Pharmaceuticals. Birmingham City Council members are actively working to advance the quality of life for all citizens and Councilors say Oxford Pharmaceuticals fits into that plan. For […]

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Birmingham City Council Eager to See What’s in Store for the Newly Created Birmingham-Jeffco Port Authority

July 5, 2016

PRESS RELEASE                                                                             Tuesday, July 5, 2016 Contact: Brittany Sharp Phone: 205-721-5369 brittany.sharp@birminghamal.gov BIRMINGHAM, AL – New jobs, new opportunities, and new partnerships, those are just some of the elements that are expected to flourish from the newly created Birmingham-Jeffco Port Authority. The authority has been a yearlong project in the making that now opens […]

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National Baptist Congress Hosts Annual Session in Birmingham!

June 17, 2016

“The City of Birmingham has laid out the red carpet.” That was the message that resonated as thousands of people from across the country poured into the City of Birmingham to celebrate the 110th Annual National Baptist Congress at the BJCC. This event will have a tremendous impact on the economic growth in the city of Birmingham but […]

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National Baptist Congress Hosts Annual Session in Birmingham

June 15, 2016

The 2016 National Baptist Congress is finally in Birmingham! Esteemed Christian leaders from all over the nation are joining local clergy at the 110th Annual Session of the National Baptist Congress “A School of Methods for Christian Training” in Birmingham through June 17th at the Sheraton Hotel Downtown. Dr. Michael Wesley, Pastor of Greater Shiloh […]

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Lawson State Receives Major NASA Grant Award to Advance STEM Projects

June 13, 2016

LAWSON STATE COMMUNITY COLLEGE 3060 Wilson Road Birmingham, AL 35221 NEWS RELEASE Contact: Geri Albright Director of Public Relations (205) 929-6315 galbright@lawsonstate.edu (BIRMINGHAM, Alabama – June 6, 2014) ‐ NASA announced today that Lawson State Community College has been selected as one of two colleges in the nation to each receive nearly $500,000 in grant […]

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The U.S Environmental Protection Agency Awards Birmingham with Huge Grants

June 6, 2016

The push to redevelopment communities in Birmingham City continues to grow as Birmingham City Councilors look for additional resources that will aid in a greater Birmingham. The U.S Environmental Protection Agency recently awarded two grants within one week of each other to the City of Birmingham. Both grants totaled $600,000. Councilor William Parker says the grants will help empower communities and spark […]

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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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Little Free Libraries Unveiled at Parks Across Birmingham

May 27, 2016

Children visiting Birmingham City Parks now have a new feature to enjoy. The first of four “Little Free Libraries” was unveiled during a ceremony at Maclin Park. With over 36,000 little libraries around the world, Birmingham City Councilor Roberson partnered with GPS Educational Services to bring “Little Free Libraries” to Birmingham. Organizers say the libraries […]

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Little Free Libraries to be Unveiled at Birmingham City Parks This Weekend

May 20, 2016

PRESS RELEASE                                                                                   Friday, May 20, 2016 Contact: Brittany Sharp Phone: 205-721-5369 brittany.sharp@birminghamal.gov BIRMINGHAM, AL – Children visiting Birmingham City Parks will soon have a new feature to enjoy. This weekend Little Free Libraries will be unveiled at parks throughout Birmingham. The libraries will allow residents to pick out a free book to enjoy. […]

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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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Wenonah High School Receives National Ranking by MaxPreps Sports

May 5, 2016

PRESS RELEASE                                                                                   Thursday, May 5, 2016 Contact: Brittany Sharp Phone: 205-721-5369 brittany.sharp@birminghamal.gov BIRMINGHAM, AL – Another accolade is in the works for the Wenonah Lady Dragons. MaxPreps has announced that the championship team has finished No. 36 nationally for the 2015-16 season. The Lady Dragons will be presented with the award on Friday, […]

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Celebrating the Champs! Fans Come Together in Downtown Birmingham To Honor the Wenonah Lady Dragons

May 4, 2016

It was a setting fit for champions as fans came together to celebrate the Wenonah Lady Dragons as three time 5A Basketball Champions. The Lady Dragons, under the leadership of Coach Emanuel Bell, defeated Tuscaloosa’s Central High during the Alabama High School Athletic Association’s basketball finals. Players of the team say they could not be more thrilled to […]

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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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Announcement Made Concerning Funding for District 7 Following Christmas Tornadoes

April 21, 2016

After months of anticipation Hillman Community will now receive the assistance its been waiting for. City leaders announced this week that $800,000 in grant money is now available for citizens whose homes were damaged or destroyed by last year’s Christmas Day storms. Each eligible resident will receive an initial amount of $10,000 for roofing repairs […]

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1st Annual Saving Our Sons Golf Tournament Combines Free Golf Lessons with Reading Awareness

April 20, 2016

Just as reading broadens our horizons, so does the focused game of golf. That is why Council President Pro Tem Jay Roberson decided to collate the two and implement a new perspective in our communities at the 1st Annual Saving Our Sons Golf Tournament, all with the goal of giving today’s youth a constructive alternative […]

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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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Council President Pro Tem Jay Roberson Inviting the Public to Participate in 1st Annual Saving Our Sons Golf Tournament

April 16, 2016

PRESS RELEASE                                                                                Saturday, April 16, 2016 Contact: Brittany Sharp Phone: 205-721-5369 brittany.sharp@birminghamal.gov BIRMINGHAM, AL – In efforts consistent with promoting nonviolence and excellence amongst our youth, Birmingham City Council President Pro Tem Jay Roberson is inviting the public to join him on the greens for the 1st Annual Saving Our Sons Golf Tournament. […]

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New Rotary Trail Lights Up Downtown Birmingham

April 11, 2016

This is what a resurgent Birmingham looks like! On the heels of new hotels going up, and buildings being renovated, there’s now something else to add to the list of why Birmingham is truly a magic city. The new Rotary Trail was recently dedicated before hundreds of spectators eager to see Birmingham’s latest trademark. For more information about everything the […]

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

March 8, 2016

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

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Birmingham City Councilors Partners with Congresswoman Terri Sewell to Address Voting Inequalities at Restore the Vote Congressional Forum

March 7, 2016

Dozens of members from the United States Congress along with statewide and local elected officials landed in Birmingham over the weekend to organize efforts and address the current state of voting rights in America. Restore the Vote, a national legislative effort to mobilize support for the Voting Rights Advancement Act of 2015, drew leaders and […]

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Beyond The Court: Birmingham City Councilor Jay Roberson

March 6, 2016

BIRMINGHAM, AL – The hard work that students within the Birmingham City School System put into their academics and extracurricular activities sometimes goes unnoticed but today that will change. Birmingham City Councilor Jay Roberson is partnering with NBA Star Eric Bledsoe to send 10 students from each Birmingham high school to witness an NBA game […]

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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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President Pro Tem Jay Roberson Leads Antibullying Program at Huffman High

February 17, 2016

Good music can you usually lead to good dialogue and that was the goal for the anti-bullying program held at Huffman High School. Birmingham City Council Pro Tem Jay Roberson’s surprised the students with not just any ole concert but with a fun afternoon listening to tunes from with Grammy Nominated R & B artist […]

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Council Pro Tem Jay Roberson Sets Out to Empower Youth with “Anti-Bullying” Program

February 11, 2016

PRESS RELEASE                                                                           Thurs, February 11, 2016 Contact: Chiara E. Perry Phone: 205-254-2055 Cell: 205-908-7392 chiara.perry@birminghamal.gov BIRMINGHAM, AL- Bullying isn’t a new issue, but as social media continues to grow, it’s creating new measures for the often taunting act amongst youth. This very serious fear tactic is often repeated over and over again causing unpleasant […]

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Council President Pro Tem Jay Roberson to Celebrate Black History Month by Serving as the Keynote Speaker for the Club Yesepoch Annual Banquet

February 6, 2016

PRESS RELEASE                                                                           Saturday, Feb. 6, 2016 Contact: Brittany Sharp Phone: 205-721-5369 brittany.sharp@birminghamal.gov BIRMINGHAM, AL – It’s a month that allows the country to stop and reflect on those who have contributed to this country’s history. Black History Month is upon us, and Birmingham City Council President Pro Tem Jay Roberson is kicking off […]

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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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“100 Days of Nonviolence” Offers Solutions for Youth Violence

January 20, 2016

Hundreds of teens took part in a summit to learn how to help curb violence while being given a plan for life. This years “100 Days of Nonviolence” campaign saw its first violence since its inception 6 years ago. As painful as that is for President Pro-Tem Jay Roberson, he says it is a reality […]

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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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6th Annual 100 Days of Nonviolence Campaign to Conclude With A New Initiative to Combat Youth

January 17, 2016

PRESS RELEASE                                                                                              January 17, 2016 Contact: Brittany Sharp Phone: 205-721-5369 brittany.sharp@birminghamal.gov BIRMINGHAM, AL – Violence among our youth is steadily increasing in communities across America. Through the 100 Days of Nonviolence student led initiative, Birmingham is taking a stand by empowering our youth to reduce violence and crimes in their communities. Today, […]

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Local Acts, Ruben Studdard, Sing for Tornado Relief

January 15, 2016

Enjoying great music while helping thousands that were affected by storms Christmas Day, that was what Birmingham musician and businessman Ona Watson hoped to accomplish by organizing this benefit concert at Workplay.  www.birminghamalcitycouncil.org

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Positive Results from Tragedy During 100 Days of Nonviolence

January 13, 2016

For 6 years now, President Pro-Tem Jay Roberson has explored peaceful solutions with the 100 Days of Nonviolence campaign. Thousands of youths from around the country sign a contract pledging nonviolence while also staying away from drugs & alcohol. Even with that kind of commitment, the tragedy & reality of this very tough issue hit […]

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Band Together: Benefit Concert Planned to Raise Funds for Tornado Victims

January 13, 2016

The holiday season is over, but for many the devastation of the Christmas Day tornados that touched down in Birmingham are still very present with memories of loss scathed with the enormous task of starting over. That hasn’t stopped the Greater Birmingham and surrounding communities from trying to ease some of that pain, as thousands […]

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Birmingham Continues to Reel in Worldwide Industrial Companies

January 11, 2016

Consistent innovative measures to help advance scientific findings are widespread and one should never mistake the south for being a small contributor to that cause. Birmingham has continuously played a role in the research to combat diseases such as aggressive cancers and diabetes, and a recent announcement by German based manufacturer Evonik Industries will allow […]

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Birmingham Bowl Offers Support for Storm Victims

December 30, 2015

The Birmingham Bowl. Southern Hospitality. Serious Football. 10’s of thousands came from all over the country to watch Auburn & Memphis face off. But no matter the final score, city leaders believe Memphis is the true winner for adding something to their helmets. For more information about everything the Birmingham City Council is doing visit […]

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Thousands Affected by Tornado-How Can You Help?

December 28, 2015

Right now, thousands are affected by the EF2 tornado that ripped through District 7 in Birmingham on Christmas Day. As with any disaster, many are left without some of the basics in life. You can help now. Make checks to: Project Hopewell Inc. or take these items to 4817 Jefferson Ave. SW @ Hopewell Missionary […]

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Free Food, Fun, Joy & Love at The District 7 “Holiday Social”

December 11, 2015

To show how much Pres. Pro-Tem Jay Roberson values people in District 7, his holiday social at Lawson State Community College offered free food and fellowship, but also joy and love for your neighbor, something that has been in place for a long time in this community. For more information about everything the Birmingham City […]

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Tis’ the Season to Fellowship! Council President Pro Tem Jay Roberson Hosts District 7 Holiday Social

December 4, 2015

PRESS RELEASE                                                                                   Friday, December 4, 2015 Contact: Chiara Perry Phone: 205-254-2055 Cell: 205-908-7392 chiara.perry@birminghamal.gov With […]

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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 7

November 19, 2015

Our Nine Acts of Kindness project continues this time with a visit to Jones Valley Middle School in District 7.  Through the “Nine Acts of Kindness” campaign, each Councilor is donating much needed school supplies to schools in their district to show their appreciation for our students and teachers as we pause to reflect on the […]

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Classic Week Boosts Economy While Providing for Those in Need

November 2, 2015

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

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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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District 7 Youth Football Classic Teaches More Than a Game

October 19, 2015

There is truly nothing like the feel of fall football. The 4th Annual Youth Football Classic in District 7 amplified that as families from all over the area tailgated and cheered for their teams at Wiggins Park. Guiding the young players into the end zone takes patience, but it is achievable. Guiding them in life […]

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100 Years…100 Days…Together for a Better Tomorrow: 2015 Navy Birthday Ball Will Benefit Birmingham’s 100 Days of Non-Violence Campaign

October 17, 2015

PRESS RELEASE                                                                           Saturday, October 17, 2015 Contact: Brittany Sharp Phone: 205-721-5369 brittany.sharp@birminghamal.gov BIRMINGHAM, AL– Another stride for the 6th Annual 100 Days of Non-Violence Campaign. Tonight Birmingham City Council President Pro-Tem Jay Roberson will join the United States Navy Reserve as they celebrate 100 Years all while benefitting the 100 Days of Non-Violence […]

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New Lawson State Expansion Coming to District 7

October 16, 2015

School administrators are making way for the new Lawson State Community College Academic Success Center in District 7. Demolition has begun on the old Wenonah Elementary School that closed in the summer of 2011. The new building is scheduled to open for the 2017 academic year. For more information about everything the Birmingham City Council […]

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100 Days of Nonviolence Kicks Off

October 12, 2015

City leaders can’t do it without help, that philosophy is at the heart of 100 Days of Nonviolence. President Pro-Tem Jay Roberson kicked off the 6th year of this campaign by asking area youth to commit to finding peaceful ways of handling tough problems for the next 100 days. For more information about everything the […]

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6th Annual 100 Days of Nonviolence Campaign Launches With New Elements To Motivate Our Youth to End Violence

October 11, 2015

PRESS RELEASE                                                                                         October 11, 2015 Contact: Brittany Sharp Phone: 205-721-5369 brittany.sharp@birminghamal.gov BIRMINGHAM, AL – The sixth annual 100 Days of Nonviolence Campaign has begun and this year the campaign is reaching new heights as it looks to partner with organizations to offer different outlets for youth to participate in. This year Birmingham […]

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100 Days of Nonviolence Youth Movement Continues Momentum of Change and Focuses on Youth Leadership

October 9, 2015

Developing young leaders isn’t an easy task. However, Birmingham City Council President Pro Tem Jay Roberson is showing how this effort can be achieved effortlessly through the launch of the 6th Annual 100 Days Nonviolence campaign. A press conference was held today to disclose details of the campaign and to discuss ways that youth can […]

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Birmingham City Council President Pro-Tem Jay Roberson Launches 6th Annual 100 Days of Nonviolence and Adds Essay Contest

October 9, 2015

PRESS RELEASE                                                                                        Friday, October 9, 2015 Contact: Chiara Perry Phone: 205-908-7392 chiara.perry@birminghamal.gov […]

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Youth to Take Part in 100 Days of Nonviolence

October 8, 2015

Is it socioeconomic, maybe it’s a lack of education or workforce development? What exactly contributes to youth violence? For 6 years now, President Pro-Tem Jay Roberson has explored the answers to that with “100 Days of Nonviolence”. It’s an initiative that pledges nonviolence for 100 days from youth locally and around the country stressing the […]

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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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Combatting Violence Through The Art: Birmingham City Council President Pro-Tempore Jay Roberson to Speak at the Master Class Series Event Featuring Award Winning Actress Jasmine Guy

October 5, 2015

PRESS RELEASE                                                                                   Monday, October 5, 2015 Contact: Brittany Sharp Phone: 205-721-5369 brittany.sharp@birminghamal.gov BIRMINGHAM, AL – In anticipation of the sixth annual 100 Days of Non-Violence that will kick off Friday, October 9, 2015, Birmingham City Council President Pro-Tempore Jay Roberson will be speaking at a Master Class Dance Event featuring award winning Actress, […]

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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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Reaching Out Globally is Paying off in District 7

September 3, 2015

Reaching out globally is paying off in District 7. Oxford Pharmaceuticals, based in England, broke ground on a $29 million manufacturing plant that will produce generic drugs. President Pro-Tem Jay Roberson says the facility, located on Lakeshore Parkway, will eventually create 200 jobs with salaries ranging from $12 an hour to more than $100 an […]

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Birmingham City Council President Pro-Tempore Jay Roberson to Speak at the Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) Meeting

September 3, 2015

PRESS RELEASE                                                                      Thursday, September 3, 2015 Contact: Brittany Sharp Phone: 205-721-5369 brittany.sharp@birminghamal.gov BIRMINGHAM, AL – Connecting with our veterans; that’s the goal for Council President Pro-Tempore Jay Roberson as he prepares to speak before the Greater Birmingham Chapter of Military Officers Association of America (MOAA). The local chapter benefits the members of the […]

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Inspirational Shoe Distribution Helps 150 District 7 Students

August 5, 2015

Just in time for school, 150 children received free shoes thanks in part to Council President Pro-Tem Jay Roberson and the Samaritan’s Feet Project. This annual shoe distribution held at the A.G. Gaston Boys and Girls Club started in Nigeria by missionaries in 2003. Today volunteers share words of encouragement and hope while washing children’s […]

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Council Pro Tem Jay Roberson Continues to Give Back During the “District 7 Back to School Shoe Distribution”

July 30, 2015

MEDIA ADVISORY                                                                  Wednesday, July 29, 2015 Contact: Chiara Morrow Phone: 205-254-2055 Cell: 205-908-7392 chiara.morrow@birminghamal.gov BIRMINGHAM, AL- Christmas for some children may arrive a bit […]

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Pro-Tem Roberson & special guest Dr. Bernice King help train youth in summer nonviolence camp

July 19, 2015

The daughter of the late Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King is continuing the fight for non-violence. Dr. Bernice King, along with Council President Pro-Tem Jay Roberson, spoke to area youth during the 4th Annual Summer Camp NOW at the 16th Street Baptist Church. Nonviolence Opportunity Watch, or NOW, is a one week camp that draws […]

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Birmingham City Council President Pro Tem Jay Roberson Inviting the Public to Take Part in Twitter Chat Surrounding Career Opportunities for Millennials

June 8, 2015

PRESS RELEASE                                                                               Monday June 8, 2015 Contact: Brittany Sharp Phone: 205-721-5369 brittany.sharp@birminghamal.gov BIRMINGHAM, AL- A recent study by Forbes magazine shows that Millennials in the workforce will grow to 46% by 2020. That’s good news to a new generation of workers who sometimes feel that the transition from college to their careers is […]

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President Pro Tem Jay Roberson Joining District Neighborhood Presidents for Press Conference on Efforts to Capture Those Involved in the Brutal Attack

June 8, 2015

PRESS RELEASE                                                                               Monday June 8, 2015 Contact: Brittany Sharp Phone: 205-721-5369 brittany.sharp@birminghamal.gov BIRMINGHAM, AL- Neighborhood presidents in District 7 are coming together to bring justice to one of their neighbors. Charlie Fuller was attacked May 13th at his Carver Avenue home in the Tarpley community of Birmingham. Fuller had gone outside around 8:30 […]

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Councilor Roberson assists with a national twitter chat to help create job opportunities for young people

June 5, 2015

National exposure may help local youth with job opportunities. Council President Pro-Tempore Jay Roberson is partnering with Opportunity Nation to offer a national twitter chat Monday, June 8 at 2 p.m.. Employers, policy makers, non-profit partners or anyone working to generate employment for young people are encouraged to join the conversation. The hope is to create opportunities for the youth in […]

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Condoleeza Rice offers support for A.G. Gaston Boys & Girls Club programs benefitting over 1,000 youth in District 7

May 13, 2015

Former Secretary of State and Titusville native Dr. Condoleeza Rice was in Birmingham to promote a program called “Invest” that will ultimately support after school activities at the A.G. Gaston Boys & Girls Club for over 1,200 youth in District 7. For more information about everything the Birmingham City Council is doing visit www.birminghamalcitycouncil.org.

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Southern Christian Leadership Conference Honors Birmingham City Council President Pro-Tem Jay Roberson

April 28, 2015

MEDIA ADVISORY                                                                   Tuesday, April 28, 2015 Contact: Brittany Sharp Phone: 205-254-2036 brittany.sharp@birminghamal.gov BIRMINGHAM, AL– The continued efforts by Birmingham City Council President Pro-Tem Jay Roberson to improve his community are being recognized locally. Councilor Roberson was recently awarded the “MLK Keeper of the Dream” Award by the Birmingham Chapter of Southern Christian Leadership Conference […]

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100 Days of Nonviolence Movement Spreading as Birmingham City Council President Pro-Tem Jay Roberson Prepares To Host a Training Event for South Carolina Delegation

April 20, 2015

PRESS RELEASE                                                                                   Monday, April 20, 2015 Contact: Brittany Sharp Phone: 205-721-5369 brittany.sharp@birminghamal.gov BIRMINGHAM, AL- The success around the annual 100 Days of Nonviolence movement is being heard nationwide, and now community leaders are looking for ways that they can bring the movement to their cities. On Tuesday, April 21, 2015, City Council President […]

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President Obama takes on the payday lending vicious debt cycle in his delivery at Lawson State Community College

March 27, 2015

As Congress readies for the next fiscal year, United States President Barack Obama took note and packed a bag to Birmingham to discuss what citizens could expect from congress in the upcoming budget. Using a platform centered on “middle class economics” the President outlined what he hopes to accomplish with new laws and initiatives to […]

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President Obama visits Lawson State to address the economy

March 26, 2015

As Birmingham City Councilors anxiously await the arrival of President Barack Obama to address officials and students at Lawson State Community College, many are anticipating his speech on the dangerous cycles of payday lending. Payday lending is an ongoing battle that Councilor Lashunda Scales especially has a heart to continue. “Predatory lending has been a […]

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Birmingham City Council President Pro-Tem Jay Roberson Explores Economic Development Opportunities at the Jamaica Investment Forum

March 11, 2015

PRESS RELEASE                                                                            Wednesday March 11, 2015 Contact: Chiara Morrow Phone: 205-908-7392 chiara.morrow@birminghamal.gov BIRMINGHAM, AL– Birmingham City Council President Pro-Tem Jay Roberson believes in the constant strengthening of our communities be it through proactive stances against violence among youth or opening doors for new business opportunities and economic growth. This week Council President Pro […]

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Wenonah girls win 5A basketball state title, Woodlawn/Ramsay boys also part of final four in Birmingham that boosted the local economy

March 3, 2015

It may have been cold and icy outside, but the winter weather our area experienced did little to cool down attendance that topped 60,000 at the Alabama high school final four playoffs in Birmingham. Woodlawn made it to 6A final four for the first time since 2000, losing in the semi’s to Carver-Montgomery 54-42, while […]

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Warning to fuel tankers traveling through District 7…slow down

February 18, 2015

President Pro-Tempore Jay Roberson says speeding, deteriorating road conditions and fuel tanker safety concerns in District 7 need to be addressed by the Department of Transportation. He is asking for more funding to add guard rails, warning signs and widen roads along routes that fuel tanker trucks use each day. More legislation is also needed to regulate […]

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5th year of “100 Days of Non-Violence” ends with no murders in Birmingham

February 3, 2015

Birmingham Council President Pro-Tempore Jay Roberson started 100 Days of Non-Violence five years ago in response to violence among youth in District seven. In all five years of the campaign, there has been no violence in children under the age of 18 during those 100 days. For more information visit: www.birminghamalcitycouncil.org.

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Birmingham City Council President Pro-Tem Jay Roberson to host Day of Service in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr.

January 16, 2015

PRESS RELEASE                                                                                     Friday, January 16, 2015 Contact: Chiara Morrow Phone: 205-908-7392 chiara.morrow@birminghamal.gov BIRMINGHAM, AL- Council President Pro Tem Jay Roberson will conclude the fifth year of the youth led movement 100 Days of Nonviolence on the holiday that is set aside to honor world renown civil rights matriarch Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. […]

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Street Dedication Honors Civil Rights Foot Soldier

December 18, 2014

Norman Wooding Junior is known for his good works in Birmingham’s Powderly community. The 91 year old is being immortalized with a street dedication. Wooding is a former Sunday school teacher and deacon at Greater Saint John Missionary Baptist Church. He’s been a member since 1932. Wooding also spent decades hosting the gospel hour radio […]

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Birmingham City Council President Pro-Tem hosts Fifth Annual Hip-Hop to Hip-Hope with City of Birmingham Youth

November 21, 2014

PRESS RELEASE                                                                               Friday, November 21, 2014 Contact: Chiara Morrow Phone: 205-908-7392 chiara.morrow@birminghamal.gov BIRMINGHAM, AL – Entertainment for […]

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Councilor Jay Roberson To Speak at Birmingham Retired Educators Association Luncheon

November 19, 2014

MEDIA ADVISORY                                                                Wednesday, November 19, 2014 Contact: Brittany Sharp Phone: 205-254-2036 brittany.sharp@birminghamal.gov BIRMINGHAM, AL- The Birmingham Retired Educators Association will celebrate American Education Week by hosting a luncheon today that will feature Council President Pro-Tem Jay Roberson as the keynote speaker. President Pro-Tem Roberson will speak on the role of good teachers in […]

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Birmingham City Council President Pro-Tem Jay Roberson Looks To Engage Youth by Hosting Gun Violence Discussion

November 13, 2014

PRESS RELEASE                                                                        Thursday, November 13, 2014 Contact: Brittany Sharp Phone: 205-721-5369 brittany.sharp@birminghamal.gov BIRMINGHAM, AL- The Fifth Annual 100 Days of […]

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100 Days of Non-Violence Kicks Off

October 14, 2014

Adults just don’t understand what teens go through, right? Whether true or not, students will listen to their peers when it comes to tough issues. As 100 days of non-violence was kicked off this week, that theory was put to the test in a tele-conference between Birmingham area high school students and New Mexico high […]

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Council Pro Tem Jay Roberson to Host Third Annual District 7 Football Classic

October 13, 2014

PRESS RELEASE                                                                              Thursday, October 16, 2014 Contact: Brittany Sharp Phone: 205-721-5369 brittany.sharp@birminghamal.gov  BIRMINGHAM, AL- Fall football is on the horizon and Council Pro Tem Jay Roberson is no stranger to being the drum major of excitement with the Birmingham City youth. To share his excitement, Council Pro Tem Roberson is hosting the “Third […]

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CITY COUNCILOR JAY ROBERSON, PRESIDENT PRO TEMPORE, KICKS- OFF 5THYEAR OF 100 DAYS OF NONVIOLENCE CAMPAIGN

October 9, 2014

What: 100 youth from Birmingham and surrounding areas will come together to develop a 100-Day nonviolence action plan to kick off the 5th anniversary of the 100 Days of Nonviolence. The Youth Summit will allow youth to participate in a roundtable discussion that will be live streamed to students in New Mexico. Since the program […]

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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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Birmingham City Council President Pro Tem Jay Roberson Participating in 37th Annual Joint Meeting of the Associations in Tokyo Japan

September 19, 2014

Council President Pro Tem Jay Roberson is continuing his efforts to strengthen international relationships for the City of Birmingham. He is currently representing the City of Birmingham at the 2014 Southeast U.S. Japan Association Conference (SEUS/Japan). This prestigious event is held annually to bring government officials and business leaders together from the Southeastern U.S. to […]

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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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Council Pro Tem Jay Roberson to Host District 7 Back to School Rally Shoe Distribution

August 9, 2014

PRESS RELEASE Saturday, August 9, 2014 Contact: Chiara Morrow Phone: 205-908-7392 chiara.morrow@birminghamal.gov BIRMINGHAM, AL- Council Pro Tem Jay Roberson makes it a priority to empower the youth in the City of Birmingham on a consistent basis. His tenacity won’t stop as he kicks off the “District 7 Back to School Rally and Shoe Distribution” in […]

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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 Councilor President Pro-Tem Jay Roberson Selected to Join Alabama League of Municipalities’ Community and Economic Development (CED) Committee

June 26, 2014

MEDIA ADVISORY Thursday, June 26, 2014 Contact: Brittany Sharp Phone: 205-721-5369 brittany.sharp@birminghamal.gov BIRMINGHAM, AL- A big honor for Birmingham City Council President Pro-Tem Jay Roberson. Councilor Roberson was selected to join the Alabama League of Municipalities’ Community and Economic Development (CED) Committee during their 2014 policy meeting that was held today in Montgomery. Southside Mayor […]

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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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Birmingham Comprehensive Plan Honored As One of the Best:

May 19, 2014

MEDIA ADVISORY Monday, May 19, 2014 Contact: Brittany Sharp Phone: 205-254-2036 brittany.sharp@birminghamal.gov   BIRMINGHAM, AL-There is another reason to be proud of the City of Birmingham. The Alabama chapter of the American Planning Association is honoring the City of Birmingham for the implementation of the Comprehensive Plan. Council President Pro-Tempore Jay Roberson who serves as […]

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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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100 Days of Nonviolence Campaign Concludes with Service Projects and a Field Trip on MLK Day

January 17, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: John Long Phone: 205-254-2294 Cell: 205-490-4524 Birmingham, AL – The 100 Days of Nonviolence campaign concludes Monday, January 20, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, with a shoe distribution, neighborhood cleanup and a field trip to Atlanta to reward the young people who led the initiative. On Monday, Council President Pro-Tem […]

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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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