Alabama Construction News

JUL-SEP 2018

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Q: HOW WILL YOU BALANCE PROVIDING ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITIES TO ALL YOUR CONSTITUENTS, THOSE OF US THAT LIVE IN THE CITY LIMITS AND THOSE OF US THAT HAVE THRIVING BUSINESSES HERE AND GIVE BACK TO THE CITY IN MANY WAYS BUT DO NOT LIVE HERE? A: We are committed to the 212,000 residents of our city and we are aware that nearly half a million people come to our city daily to work and play. We are focused on making Birmingham a hub for entrepreneurs, particularly women and minority owned businesses. Part of our strategy will include creating a new Deputy Director of Business Diversity and Opportunity in the Department of Innovation and Economic Opportunity. Q: CRAFT TRAINING BENEFITS ALL YOUR CONSTITUENTS. IT PROVIDES HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS TRADE TRAINING THAT WILL GIVE THEM IMMEDIATE JOB OPPORTUNITIES. THIS ALSO HELPS THE BIRMINGHAM CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY, WHICH IS A HUGE ECONOMIC SECTOR IN BIRMINGHAM. THE PROGRAM REQUIRES CONSISTENT FUNDING. HOW CAN YOU/THE CITY PARTNER WITH/SUPPORT THE ACADEMY OF CRAFT TRAINING? A : We are committed to creating opportunities for our youth. A large part of our work has been focused on successful programs in the tech sector such as Innovate Birmingham. In addition, we're hiring a Deputy Director of Talent Development in the Department of Innovation and Economic Opportunity to focus on talent development and retainment. Q: HOW CAN WE, THE BIRMINGHAM CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY, HELP YOU IMPROVE BIRMINGHAM? A : It's all about collaboration. Recently, we announced a 100 Homes in 100 Days initiative in partnership with Neighborhood Housing Services. The money identified from economic development projects is being deposited into the city's neighborhood revitalization fund. More than a million dollars will start the work to renovate homes and revitalize neighborhood blocks. I encourage you, our great construction industry, to partner with city initiatives to catalyze neighborhood revitalization. If interested, please contact IEO Director Josh Carpenter at T h e f u t u r e i s b r i g h t w i t h a p a r t n e r s h i p b e t w e e n o u r t e a m o f p r o f e s s i o n a l s B E T T E R T O G E T H E R BIRMINGHAM 5004 FIFTH AVENUE SOUTH | BIRMINGHAM, AL 35212 | 205.871.0304 DALLAS 10000 N CENTRAL EXPRESSWAY | SUITE 760 | DALLAS, TX 75231 | 214.935.2500

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