Birmingham Business Alliance

Lauren Cooper

Correspondent Tom Wilmer reports from Birmingham, Alabama, where he visits with Ivan Holloway, executive director at Urban Impact. Holloway and his team develop sustainable economic opportunities and historic preservation initiatives within the underserved African American communities in the Fourth Avenue Business District and the historic Civil Rights District.

Thomas Wilmer

Correspondent Tom Wilmer reports from Birmingham, Alabama, where he explores the town’s post-Civil War roots as a premier American steel producer—and current economic development and revitalization initiatives—with David Fleming of REV Birmingham. Ty Malugani at the Sloss Furnaces National Historical Landmark shares insights about the historic Sloss Furnaces, at one time one of America’s largest blast furnace pig-iron producers. A visit with Lashana Sorrell at the statue of Vulcan, the world’s largest cast iron statue, perched on a mountaintop overlooking the city, is followed by a conversation with Valerie Collins Thomas, principal at the Val Group. Thomas serves as an ambassador for people considering relocating to Birmingham. Frank Stitt, owner/chef at the Highlands Bar and Grill—proclaimed the "Most Outstanding Restaurant in America" in 2018 by the James Beard Foundation—talks about his passion for Southern cuisine and locally-sourced ingredients.