Economy

As Flu Season Begins, Shots Boost Health and Bottom Lines

It’s the start of flu season, which for many people means a date with a needle. If you’ve been to a drug store lately, you may have noticed some strong encouragement to get the shot. So why the big push? Is it just about health?

Birmingham Doesn’t Need a Headquarters to Take a Bite Out of Amazon

Birmingham is among dozens of cities fighting for Amazon's second headquarters. But another type of Amazon facility is more likely for the Magic City.

Will the Return of UAB Football Boost the City’s Bottom Line?

Sports economist Victor Matheson explains the potential economic impact of reviving UAB Football.

State Film Incentives Have Limited Impact in Birmingham

Birmingham Business Journal editor Ty West discusses the affect of Alabama's film tax credits eight years after they were implemented.

Innovate Birmingham Aims for a Generational Economic Boost

Birmingham Business Journal editor Ty West explains about the new economic initiative Innovate Birmingham.

Republicans Prepare for Battle in Senate Runoff

Alabama Media Group columnist John Archibald discusses this week's U.S Senate primary and next week's municipal election in Birmingham.


New Soccer Team Adds to Birmingham’s Story of Revival

A new professional soccer team in Birmingham could mean an added asset for downtown.

What Birmingham Businesses Want From City Leaders

Birmingham business leaders weigh in on what they expect from city leadership. Birmingham's municipal elections will be August 22.

Birmingham’s Regions Harbert Plaza Now Minus Regions

A New York firm will try to fill a big chuck of space in downtown Birmingham's Regions Harbert Plaza once Regions leaves the office tower.

Residents Worry About More Vacancies at Brookwood Mall

Belk announced last week it will close its store at Brookwood Village Mall. Homewood residents are now wondering what's next?

Professional Soccer League Eyeing Birmingham

A professional soccer league is eyeing Birmingham for expansion.

Industry Report says Birmingham Needs More Apartments

An industry report says Birmingham will need more apartment construction to meet demand through 2030.

New Report: Lack of Regional Cooperation Hinders Birmingham’s Growth

Birmingham Business Journal's Ty West talks about one of the biggest factors hindering Birmingham's growth, a lack of regional cooperation.

Millennials Want to buy Homes but Face Challenges

There’s this persistent idea that millennials don’t want to buy homes. While that’s not true millennials are approaching the housing market differently.

Proposed Tower Would Rise Above Birmingham’s Five Points South

City leaders have given conditional approval for a 17-story tower in Birmingham's Five Points South neighborhood.

Get ‘Em Now: Local Peach Shortage Looms

If you love local peaches, the kind you see at roadside stands and farmers markets in Alabama, stock up now. There’s almost certainly going to be a significant dip in supply.

Business Community Concerned about I-20/59 Bridge Project

The I-20/59 bridge replacement project has Birmingham's business community concerned as investors and developers work to revitalize the area in and around downtown. We talk more about that in this week’s Magic City Marketplace.

Stadium vs. Dome: Which is the Better Choice for Birmingham?

Birmingham Business Journal editor Ty West explains the debate around a downtown stadium.

Property Values Jump in Birmingham’s Parkside District

Birmingham's Parkside District has seen the highest increase in property values among the city's redeveloping neighborhoods.

JeffCo Judge Overturns Alabama’s Workers’ Compensation Law

Birmingham Business Journal editor Ty West discusses a Jefferson County judge's decision overturning the state's workers' compensation law.

The Next Wave of Downtown Birmingham Development

Birmingham Business Journal editor Ty West discusses buildings that could potentially form a new wave of redevelopment in downtown.

Regions Bank Takes Steps To Be Autism-Friendly

Regions Bank recently announced efforts to make its 1,500 branches autism-friendly. It's something many businesses across the country are doing. But there isn't a one-size-fits-all approach.

Ratings Agency Downgrades Birmingham’s Credit Rating

Ratings agency Fitch downgrades Birmingham's credit rating.

Income Inequality in Birmingham, Alabama

Officials say there are three main obstacles keeping people in Birmingham and Alabama from achieving prosperity: education, poverty and crime. These barriers also contribute to the growing wage gap. WBHM's Esther Ciammachilli talks about this with Nick Patterson, editor of the weekly newspaper Weld.

More Venture Capital Flowing into Birmingham

The Birmingham Business Journal's Ty West discusses the increase in venture capital deals around Birmingham.

What a New Governor Means for Alabama Business

Birmingham Business Journal editor Ty West discusses what new Governor Kay Ivey might mean for Alabama's business community.

When Single Mothers Make Too Much for Government Help But Too Little to Pay the Bills

For a single mom with two children in Jefferson County, covering life’s most basic expenses  — rent, food, some health insurance — costs about $49,000 a year. A new report from the Women’s Fund of Greater Birmingham surveyed single mothers who work full-time, and who earn less than $30,000 a year. WBHM’s Gigi Douban spoke […]

Birmingham’s Construction Boom: How Long Can it Last?

Birmingham Business Journal editor Ty West evaluates Birmingham's construction boom over the last few years.

Alabama’s Auto Suppliers: A Dangerous Place for Workers

Bloomberg Business Week investigative Reporter Peter Waldman describes the dangerous conditions faced by workers for Alabama's auto parts suppliers.

Birmingham’s Airport Lands in the Middle of the Pack in New Rankings

Birmingham's airport is in the middle in a new ranking of American airports.

Why the Design-build Concept Could Boost Birmingham’s Construction Industry

Some new thinking on how architecture and construction firms are organized could make Birmingham an even bigger hub for the construction industry.

Attorney Advertising is Big Business in Alabama

It seems you can’t turn a corner in Alabama without seeing a billboard advertising for a personal injury lawyer. The practice has proven to be a lucrative business builder, but it also carries a professional stigma.