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Bell to hold open meeting for young professionals

Birmingham, Alabama logoBirmingham mayor William Bell has announced – via the city’s Twitter account – that he will be holding a meeting with young professionals at Urban Standard on Thursday at 12 p.m. According to the follow-up tweet posted by the city’s public information office, the hope is that those in attendance will be willing to “share your ideas, concerns and vision for the future for Birmingham.”

We’re just happy for the folks at the popular lunchtime spot as they’ll be packed on Thursday with both young professionals interested in sharing what they want for the city showing up and the regular crowd. It will be the second public meeting held by the mayor announced via Twitter since being sworn in last Tuesday.

Logo: City of Birmingham

UPDATE: We figured we’d ask you to share what you’d suggest or talk to Mayor Bell about over on Magic City Question.

Send the future leaders off in style this evening

If you’re downtown this evening, the Birmingham Business Alliance is hosting a Summer Send-Off for those that have braved the heat and the rain as interns in The Magic City this year. It also provides them with a chance to talk with current young professionals about what’s keeping them in Birmingham and why these interns should return and become our community’s new leaders after they’ve completed college. The event’s going to be at Rogue Tavern and starts at 5 p.m.

While we’re in that mindset, kudos to former Birmingham Regional Chamber of Commerce president David Adkisson as he recently became the chair of the American Chamber of Commerce Executives.

The YP Expo turns 3

ypexpo2009Tonight more than 1,000 are expected at the Birmingham Museum of Art for the 3rd annual YP Expo. It will be a chance for more than 30 young professional organizations from throughout metro Birmingham and their memberships to mingle with each other and potential new members. The Birmingham Regional Chamber of Commerce‘s Meredith Davidson was recently interviewed by Magic City Living about the event and while there’s not time to register online for tonight’s event, which starts at 5:30 p.m., it is free and open to the public.

Today’s my Birmingham post deals with the question asked in the official press release for the event – What’s next?

Image: courtesy of Birmingham Regional Chamber of Commerce

UPDATE: What does “brain drain” mean in Birmingham?

UPDATE: 5.14.2009,  WBHM has posted audio from an interview with Jerry Hartley conducted by their own Andrew Yeager. Their piece also contains additional side notes to the story.

Yesterday’s Five Points South Merchants Association meeting on Birmingham’s Southside apparently became a little “contentious” towards the end as it looks like The J. Clyde owner Jerry Hartley and Mayor Larry Langford appeared to have different opinions about the term “brain drain” and what it means for our region’s future.

I’ve got an opinion and I’ve posted it over on My Birmingham.

We’d love hear your thoughts about whether or not Birmingham’s suffering from a brain drain over on Magic City Question.

“inter-ART-ive,” Alys Stephens Center

Join the Alys Stephens Center, Reg’s Coffee House and Free the Hops for “inter-ART-ive,” an ASC Social Club outdoor patio party celebrating Birmingham’s thriving arts and culture scene, 6-8:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 11, at the Alys Stephens Center, 1200 10th Ave. South. The “inter-ART-ive” party is an invitation for young professionals to participate in the arts. Admission is FREE.

The evening includes a craft beer tasting sponsored by Free the Hops and Birmingham Budweiser, free products from Vitamin Water, prize giveaways including tickets to upcoming shows at the Alys Stephens Center, and great food from Bottletree, Cosmo’s Pizza and Rojo. Guests can enjoy live music from The White Oaks and open mic performances from local musicians, hosted by Bottletree. An after-party is planned for Bottletree, 3719 Third Ave. South.

Interested in performing in the open mic competition? E-mail One of the evening’s participants will be invited to perform during the ASC season!

The ASC Social Club brings young professionals ages 21-40 together to experience great live performances and social gatherings presented by the Alys Stephens Center. Membership includes ticket discounts, special events, meet-the-artist opportunities, prize giveaways and more. Cost is $25 for students; $40 for individuals; and $75 for couples. To join, contact Kimberly Kirklin at 205-943-0862 or

Cost: FREE

Blind wine tasting, the loft at Flower Stems

And just what is a blind wine tasting? Here are the rules: Come as a team of four. Each team must bring four bottles of the SAME WINE. There is not a designated wine, so bring your favorite. Upon arrival, three of your team’s bottles are opened and placed in a bag to hide their identify, randomly numbered and set out to taste. The remaining bottle is placed in reserve. Doors open at 6 p.m. Beginning at 7, you can taste the wines, enjoy food and entertainment and socialize with other hip tasters. Votes will be placed for “best” wine and the winning team will take home the reserve bottles. In addition to the wine tasting, a cash bar will be available.

Cost: In advance, $10 per person for team of four; individual tickets $25. At the door (cash please they ask), $25 per individual or team participant. All proceeds benefit United Cerebral Palsy of Greater Birmingham, serving more than 2,000 infants, children and adults with disabilities. Presented by the UCP Junior Board.

To register, contact Meredith Smith at or (205) 944-3907. You can also register online now. The Loft at Flower Stems is located at 213 Richard Arrington Jr. Blvd. South.

YP Expo, the remix

2008 YP expo imageTonight, folks representing Birmingham’s future will invade the Birmingham Museum of Art for an evening of networking and learning. The second annual YP Expo starts at 5:30 p.m. and goes until 9 p.m., with organizers expecting this year’s attendee numbers to far exceed last year’s estimated total of 550.

More than 30 area organizations will share information about how our growing young professional population can become more involved in our community, though we’re thinking they’d love to see anyone who considers themselves young at heart this evening.