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

PRESS RELEASE                                                                            Wednesday March 11, 2015

Contact: Chiara Morrow

Phone: 205-908-7392

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 Tem Roberson pushed for economic development opportunities that could be implemented in the City of Birmingham through Jamaican commerce at the Jamaica Investment Forum 2015 in Montego Bay.

The Jamaica Investment Forum (JIF) 2015 is Jamaica’s international investment and business conference, designed for eager investors and business executives who want to discover business opportunities and industry developments learn about alternative emerging opportunities and discuss Jamaica’s business climate especially as it relates to international relationships and exchanges.

“It was truly humbling to hear the Honorable Prime Minister of Jamaica Portia Simpson-Miller mention the City of Birmingham in her speech at the opening ceremonies of the Jamaica Investment Forum,” Council President Pro Tem Roberson said. “It was even more humbling to represent and share the history of the City of Birmingham and the State of Alabama in front of international businesses and investors across the world and present Prime Minister Simpson-Miller with a crystal city seal from Birmingham, Alabama! We look forward to doing business with Jamaica!”

In addition to the development opportunities that JIF provides, the forum also initiates dialogue between investors, business executives, and senior decision-makers within the Jamaican government.

“I’m looking forward to helping develop new initiatives and build our international platforms,” Council President Pro Tem Roberson said. “When I received a personal invitation from the Jamaican embassy to come to this investment forum and evaluate what opportunities might be available for Birmingham, I knew this would be an opportunity of a lifetime and I am more than honored to partner with others in this region.”

For more information please contact the Office of Council President Pro Tem Jay Roberson at 205.254.2418 for media inquiries please contact the Birmingham City Council Public Information Officer Chiara Morrow at 205.254.2055 or