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JUL-SEP 2018

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33 JUL–SEP 2018 AL CONSTRUCTION NEWS potential as a hub for diverse and qualified talent. The fund has three programs: Talent Investment Program, Talent Acceleration Program and Talent Optimization Program. We call it TIP-TAP-TOP. With these programs, we design an innovative structure that helps companies like Shipt recruit high-demand positions, launch company training programs to develop the skills of low-wage workers and entry-level employees and hire local talent. Q: ARE THERE ANY NEW SIGNIFICANT INDUSTRIES/ COMPANIES BEING RECRUITED FOR THE CITY? A : In addition to the Shipt announcement, the Atlanta-based DC BLOX announced the development of a new data center facility in Birmingham. DC BLOX plans to use the 27-acre, former Trinity Steel site in the Titusville neighborhood to develop a technology and innovation campus that will drive the connected digital economy in Birmingham and Alabama. The estimated economic impact of this project during the construction and operational phase is $94 million for the Birmingham metropolitan area. Q: AS THE ENERGETIC, FORWARD THINKING LEADER OF THE LARGEST CITY IN THE METRO AREA, WHAT PLANS DO YOU HAVE TO BUILD CONSENSUS WITH THE MULTIPLE CITY AND COUNTY GOVERNMENTS IN A WAY TO CREATE ONE STRONG METRO AREA TO COMPETE WITH OTHER METRO AREAS OF SIMILAR SIZE FOR GROWTH AND ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITIES? A : It's about having a clear vision that everyone is aligned with each other to seize opportunities through collaboration. Again, look at what has been announced this year. The BJCC renovation and expansion is a collaborative effort involving Birmingham, Jefferson County, the state legislature, UAB and the corporate community. Both Shipt and DC BLOX are excellent examples of what can be accomplished when we work together. We are committed to cultivating and expanding relationships. Q: CAN YOU DESCRIBE WHAT SUCCESSFUL INDUSTRY RECRUITMENT LOOKS LIKE AND HOW YOU PLAN TO DO THAT? A : Successful industry recruitment is targeted and focused on our cluster strategy, which empowers regional growth by investing in specific sectors, occupations and related economic assets. To be effective, we must collaborate and align with our partners at Jefferson County and the state. A critical piece of industry recruitment is ensuring that our workforce is prepared, which is a key component of the Office of Economic Development, soon to be renamed the Department of Innovation and Economic Opportunity (IEO). Q: BIRMINGHAM IS FORTUNATE TO HAVE BOTH NATIONALLY AND INTERNATIONALLY-KNOWN CONSTRUCTION COMPANIES BASED IN OUR CITY. DO YOU HAVE A PLAN ON HOW TO EXPAND THIS PRESENCE? A : We believe that as the city, our role is to facilitate an ecosystem that allows our businesses to thrive. We plan on taking a cluster strategy approach to growing our industries, which will yield important benefits. First, companies can share specialized services and infrastructure in addition to purchasing inputs more efficiently. Second, information and knowledge are more concentrated and more readily exchanged due to the density of complementary firms. Third, pools of specialized workers are created and supported by focused workforce development efforts. Q: DO YOU HAVE ANY GROWTH PLANS FOR THE CITY THAT WOULD INCENTIVIZE BUSINESSES TO MOVE TO BIRMINGHAM AND CREATE CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS? A : During July's announcement that Shipt would remain in Birmingham and expand, we announced the Putting People First Fund as a new incentive model that is focused on recruiting, training and retaining talent. It is designed to enable our city to reach its full R a n d a l l W o o d f i n w a s s w o r n i n a s t h e 3 0 t h m a y o r o f B i r m i n g h a m o n N o v e m b e r 2 8 , 2 0 1 7. S i n c e t h e n , h e h a s h i t t h e c i t y s t r e e t s w o r k i n g t o f u l f i l l h i s " P u t t i n g P e o p l e F i r s t " s l o g a n . H e r e c e n t l y s a t d o w n w i t h A l a b a m a C o n s t r u c t i o n N e w s t o t a l k i n d u s t r y r e c r u i t m e n t , c o n s t r u c t i o n a n d b u s i n e s s i n c e n t i v e s .

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