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Birmingham Restaurant Week Sponsored by Regions Donates to REV Birmingham’s Urban Food Project

Restaurants participating in Second Helpings will be donating a portion of proceeds to REV Birmingham’s Urban Food Project. Funds raised will help support the Farm to Corner Store Initiative creating healthy food access in Birmingham’s food deserts. Select restaurants will be extending their BRW 2015 menus through Saturday Aug, 29 for a great cause.


Check out these restaurants loaded with Alabama grown produce from Urban Food Project.

Register TODAY for the Monkey C Monkey Run 5K!!!


Monkey C Monkey 5k and Fun Run is hosted by Camp Smile-A-Mile’s Junior Board of Directors and starts at Homewood Park with a certified 5k race at 8 a.m. on Saturday, September 19, 2015.  This race is followed by a one mile fun run for the kids and festivities in the park.

For more information and sponsorship opportunities, please contact: Savannah Lanier at



Camp Smile-A-Mile’s mission is to provide year round challenging, unforgettable recreational and educational experiences for young cancer patients, their families as well as young adult survivors from Alabama at no cost to the families. Our purpose is to provide these patients, families and survivors with avenues for fellowship,…

Governor Robert Bentley Signs a Proclamation Today Declaring October as Pro Bono Month in the State of #Alabama!


#ProBonoAL #ABADayofService

New downtown Birmingham Starbucks to open Saturday, first retail to open in 20 Midtown project


The Starbucks-anchored building will also have a Chipotle.

By Kelly Poe |

Downtown’s newest Starbucks will open 7 a.m. Saturday – the first retail component to open in 20 Midtown, the 200,000-square-foot development in the heart of Birmingham.

The Starbucks will occupy 1,850 square feet at the corner of 20th Street and 3rd Avenue South and have a drive through immediately behind the building.

It’s the first opening in 20 Midtown, the Publix-anchored development by RGS Properties‘ Dick Schmalz and Scott Bryant of Scott M. Bryant & Co. that’s expected to total more than $100 million in investment.

“Obviously, we are very happy to be seeing the first of many exciting openings at 20 Midtown,” Schmalz said Tuesday.

The first apartments on top of Starbucks will be open…

UAB Head Football Coach Bill Clark Served as Guest Speaker for the Bessemer Area Chamber of Commerce Awards Gala

11201604_722840161193445_1051960265977558134_nThanks to UAB Head football coach Bill Clark (pictured here with Mayor Kenneth Gulley) for serving as the guest speaker for the Bessemer Area Chamber of Commerce Awards Gala on Tuesday night at the Bessemer Civic Center. Coach Clark did a tremendous job and we look forward to seeing his Blazers return to the field in 2017.

WVTM 13’s Eunice Elliot served as Mistress of Ceremony for the Bessemer Area Chamber of Commerce Awards

11902324_722843614526433_5756521316496057693_nA thank you from the City of Bessemer to WVTM 13’s Eunice Elliot (left) who served as Mistress of Ceremony for the Bessemer Area Chamber of Commerce Awards Gala Tuesday night. Ms. Elliot, pictured here with Chamber president Latasha Cook (who celebrated her birthday on Tuesday), is a graduate of Jess Lanier High School and the University of Alabama. She is a proud Bessemer native and always does a great job.

How Long Does It Take to Build a Single-Family Home?

Eye On Housing

National Association of Home Builders Discusses Economics and Housing Policy

BY NA ZHAO on AUGUST 17, 2015 • (1)

The 2014 Survey of Construction (SOC) from the Census Bureau shows that the average completion time of a single-family house is around 7 months, which usually includes around 25 days from authorization to start and another 6 months to finish the construction. The timeline from authorization to completion, however, is not consistent across the nation, depending on the housing category, the geographic location, and metropolitan status.

Among all the single-family houses completed in 2014, houses built for sale took the shortest time, 6 months to completion after obtaining building permits, while houses built by owners required the longest time, 11.5 months. Single-family homes built by hired contractors had around 8 months from permit to completion, and homes built for rent normally needed between 9 and 10 months. Compared to a prior 2012 analysis, the average permit-to-completion timespan of single-family houses built for sale and for rent was one month longer in 2014.

A large proportion of single-family homes built for sale and on owners’ land built by either owners or contractors began construction within the same month after obtaining building authorizations. However, homes built for rent typically had a one-month lag between permits and construction start in 2014.


The average time from authorization to completion also varies across the nation. The Middle Atlantic division had the longest time of 9.5 months…



Posted by Mary Wimberley on 2015-08-18

Longtime Alabama Congressman Albert McKinley Rains will be inducted into the Alabama Men’s Hall of Fame on Tuesday, Sept. 22, during a luncheon at The Club in Birmingham.

Rains, who died in 1991 at age 89, represented Alabama’s 5th Congressional District from 1945 to 1965. The district includes Gadsden, where he practiced law before and after his terms in Congress.

Founded by the Alabama legislature in 1987, the Hall of Fame recognizes men “whose lives have impacted the state, the nation and the world.”  Honorees must have been deceased for at least two years.  Plaques recognizing the honorees are housed in Samford University’s Harwell G. Davis Library.

Rains was noted for sponsoring or influencing legislation that continues to have significant impact. The native of Grove Oak in DeKalb County was also known as a skilled and powerful orator.

His legislative proposals expanded Federal Housing Administration programs that made housing affordable and available for millions of persons.  Other programs that bear his legislative imprint include housing for the elderly, urban renewal and redevelopment, nursing homes and rural housing programs. He wrote the nation’s first mass transit bill and was instrumental…

1st Annual EVO 2015 5K Held at Linn Park, Downtown Birmingham

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Birmingham Civil Rights Institute Announces Andrea L. Taylor as President and CEO


BCRI is excited to announce the appointment of Andrea L. Taylor as President and CEO effective September 8, 2015.

Most recently, Taylor served as Director of Citizenship and Public Affairs, North America for the Microsoft Corporation, where she managed employee engagement and giving and strategic partnerships in the U.S. and Canada with donors, government entities and community-based organizations. Additionally, she was also instrumental in the creation and implementation of the Elevate America and Elevate America Veterans technology training programs as well as YouthSpark, an initiative providing education, employment and entrepreneurship opportunities for 300 million youth worldwide.

Prior to her tenure at Microsoft, she created and led global and national grant programs for the Ford Foundation and the Benton Foundation. She is also a former trustee of the Cleveland Foundation, the Council on Foundations, the Donors Forum of Ohio, the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, the Ms. Foundation for Women and Philanthropy Northwest.

“Andrea is a gifted leader with a long and distinguished career around purpose and impact,” said Doug Jones, Co-chair of The Birmingham Civil Rights Institute Search Committee. “She is an extraordinary leader at an extraordinary inflection point for the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute.” Current BCRI Board Chair Lajuana Bradford added, “We are fortunate to have found a leader…