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Birmingham’s inaugural Innovation Week underway

IMG_20140922_103827This morning the Birmingham Business Alliance (BBA), TechBirmingham, the Birmingham Venture Club, and Alabama Launchpad were joined by representatives of the city of Birmingham at Innovation Depot as they held a ribbon cutting to mark the start of the city’s first ever Innovation Week. Special events like a screening of the web series StartupLand! and an open house at the Depot are interspersed among regularly scheduled gatherings (think Birmingham Startup Drinks and a Code for Birmingham hack session on Friday) this week. This morning’s ceremony was followed by a panel discussion on startup capital held at the BBA’s offices downtown.

It will culminate with a one-day . A full schedule is posted on the official website for the effort (with AL.com, the event’s media partner) creating a public Google calendar for you to subscribe to as well). Those attending the week’s events are asked to use the hashtag #innovationweekbirmingham when sharing items via social media networks, though we’ve seen a few trying to use #innovationweekbham as well (including us) to leave a few more characters free for commenting.

On the agenda: relief and aggravation

Official flag of the City of BirminghamThis morning’s Birmingham City Council meeting should be an interesting one to watch.

The agenda itself is not that exciting (526 properties on the list for weed removal notwithstanding). Items 4-7 are normally boilerplate items; approval of contracts with print publications to help publicize notices, ordinances and resolutions. This year the contracts with The Birmingham News and The Huntsville Times are on consent; the contracts with the Alabama Messenger and The Birmingham Times are not.

Items 32-40 are providing for payouts equaling $79,195 in disaster relief/critical repair grants.

The more interesting conversation though should be during the mayor’s report. This morning’s Birmingham News front page includes a piece about the continuing issues surrounding communication between the mayor and council. This time it’s focused on issues related to the PACE board created to downtown ballpark.

Last week it was announced that construction on the $60 million new home of the Birmingham Barons closer to being completed in time for the first pitch of the 2013 season. Joseph Bryant’s piece points out that the loans were approved in meetings that took place prior to the appointment of two board members by the City Council – after partial demolition was approved last month.

The meeting is available via live stream on the city’s website – as always.

The Birmingham News hopes to Reinvent our Community

Birmingham's Railroad Skyline. acnatta/FlickrLast Sunday The Birmingham News ran a special section called Reinventing Our Community – portions of this first portion of the series were made available online.

It was described as the first of several reports about the future of the city and the type of leadership it will take to get there. The first part involved News reporters interviewing approximately 120 people (including yours truly) about their thoughts on our regional leadership situation. The next part begins today…

You’ve got until 2 p.m. to take part in a live chat over on AL.com (hosted by The News’ Eddie Lard) coinciding with a town hall meeting being live streamed from The News’ headquarters downtown. Participants include William Bell (mayor of Birmingham, AL),  Tony Petelos (Hoover, AL’s  mayor) and Kate Nielsen (president of the Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham). Hopefully the video from the event will be archived and available for viewing later today and in the coming months as the series evolves and continues.

Photo: Birmingham’s Railroad Skyline. acnatta/Flickr

On the agenda: Hotels and contracts

Official flag of the City of BirminghamConsidering how many items are on currently on consent this morning, you’d assume that the first Birmingham City Council meeting of 2011 should move as quickly as the last one of the year. We already know that this will most likely not be the case because of the expected proposal from Mayor Bell about to use that expected $9 million mid-year budget surplus.

BBVA Compass Bowl logoItems 4-27 cover an insanely large amount of properties being taxed for overgrown weeds, meaning that by the time you get to page 32 you may not be in the mood to look at Item 29 (it allows the city to enter into an agreement with ESPN Regional Television to help publicize the BBVA Compass Bowl for the next four years – beginning with this year’s edition.

Preparations for this year’s game is well underway (especially since it’s scheduled to take place this Saturday). Continue reading

Take a look around

Every once in a while, we forget about how many people read The Terminal via our RSS feed. As a result, we know that a lot of folks won’t necessarily know what’s going on elsewhere on the site. So this is that point where we remind you about what else is up on Birmingham’s hub and invite you to poke around…

Over on Timetable, Charles shares his thoughts on the city’s Art Deco architecture while Whitney reminds us of two great options for live music this evening. I took a moment yesterday and wrote a piece wondering aloud what would happen if Mayor Langford joined the ranks of the bloggers (and some other mayors) and posted on a regular basis over on my Birmingham… Look around, comment, dance if you really feel like it (though the music’s not here… yet).