Economic Development


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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Photo by Sydney Cromwell

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



Emily Featherston

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



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


U.S. 31 development

Photo courtesy of the city of Vestavia HIlls.

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


1013 Economic Development Kitchen Photo

Photo courtesy of Jennifer Hagler.

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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