Birmingham Regional Chamber turns 120!

05.16.2007 by André Natta · → 2 Comments

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The Birmingham Regional Chamber of Commerce turned 120 years old on Monday, May 14. The Birmingham Business Journal ran a piece on their website talking about the accomplishments of one of, if not the oldest, organization of its kind in the region. It currently has more than 2,200 members across seven counties.

Happy belated birthday!

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anonymous
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As I read the story on the Birmingham Regional Chamber’s 120th birthday, it reminded me of a question I’ve long pondered but never asked. The thing is, we have a regional chamber that represents seven counties in our area. But there’s no chamber dedicated specifically to Birmingham businesses. Is there? There’s a Hoover chamber, Homewood chamber, Vestavia chamber, Bessemer chamber, Irondale chamber … you name it. As a matter of fact, there’s also a Shelby County chamber. So conceivably, businesses in some parts of Hoover could belong to the Birmingham Regional, Hoover and Shelby County chambers of commerce. Why? We talk about regional cooperation, and having all businesses in the metro area working together to promote commerce for the whole metro area is a good thing. Isn’t it? So why do we have so many chambers? I’m not asking this question rhetorically. There may be a perfectly logical reason. I just don’t know what it is. I mean, there are merchant and business associations that represent certain areas like Five Points and dowtown, and those are good because the benefits of belonging to those groups don’t overlap the benefits of belonging to the chamber. Do they? Anyway, I’m throwing the question(s) out there. Why do we need so many chambers? If it’s good to have one chamber representing the metro area and also individual chambers representing municipalities and counties within the metro area, does Birmingham need one? What do you think?

anonymous
anonymous

As I read the story on the Birmingham Regional Chamber’s 120th birthday, it reminded me of a question I’ve long pondered but never asked. The thing is, we have a regional chamber that represents seven counties in our area. But there’s no chamber dedicated specifically to Birmingham businesses. Is there? There’s a Hoover chamber, Homewood chamber, Vestavia chamber, Bessemer chamber, Irondale chamber … you name it. As a matter of fact, there’s also a Shelby County chamber. So conceivably, businesses in some parts of Hoover could belong to the Birmingham Regional, Hoover and Shelby County chambers of commerce. Why? We talk about regional cooperation, and having all businesses in the metro area working together to promote commerce for the whole metro area is a good thing. Isn’t it? So why do we have so many chambers? I’m not asking this question rhetorically. There may be a perfectly logical reason. I just don’t know what it is. I mean, there are merchant and business associations that represent certain areas like Five Points and dowtown, and those are good because the benefits of belonging to those groups don’t overlap the benefits of belonging to the chamber. Do they? Anyway, I’m throwing the question(s) out there. Why do we need so many chambers? If it’s good to have one chamber representing the metro area and also individual chambers representing municipalities and counties within the metro area, does Birmingham need one? What do you think?