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Sydney Cromwell

The voluntary agreement states that the cities will not give incentives or otherwise try to lure businesses from their neighbors. Read more

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Compared to national averages, Birmingham is lagging behind in growth for population, jobs and overall economic development. Read more

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Emily Featherston

The city invited concerned citizens to hear a presentation about economic development issues in the area. Read more

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Emily Featherston

The council voted on a variety of items at its first meeting of the fiscal year. Read more

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Several projects are expected to come online early in the year, with others in the works to make progress throughout 2017. Read more

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City Manager Jeff Downes has been hearing two words repeatedly since being hired by the city last July: economic development. He believes the best way to make that happen is to bring businesses into the heart of the city. Read more

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In July, City Manager Jeff Downes began laying groundwork to bring an out-of-market restaurant to Vestavia Hills. What he discovered both delighted and frustrated him. Read more

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Vestavia Hills Economic Development Director Fred Baughman's probationary employment is slated to end on Sept. 20, making way for a new system designed by City Manager Jeff Downes. Read more

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