Birmingham seeks leaders for economic development

November 29, 2010
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Birmingham, Alabama, is looking for a few good leaders to step up to the plate.

According to The Birmingham News, the Birmingham Business Alliance, Operation New Birmingham and the Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex are in search of top executives. These people will help shape economic development in the seven county metro area, in downtown Birmingham’s redevelopment efforts and at the city’s primary venue for conventions.

Fred McCallum, president of AT&T Inc.’s Alabama operations, told The News that it’s uncommon to see so many vacancies for these key organizations at one time.

“If we view it right, it’s kind of a rare opportunity and a window for our community to leap forward — not just take a step forward, but to really leap forward,” he told The News. “It’s pretty exciting to be a part of this much change going on in the community.”

We could not agree more. Despite the difficulty our city has experienced, now is the time to embrace this opportunity and use it as a catalyst for growth and prosperity.

Members of the search committees for these organizations have vowed to find the best candidates for each position, whether they live in the Birmingham area or beyond.

“I recognize it’s important to do the most thorough search you can possibly do and find the most capable person you can find,” McCallum told The News. “If you can do that and keep the process as open to candidates as you can make it and in wide as scope as you can make it, you will fare better.”

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