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Spotlight: Jefferson County

Jefferson County spans 1,111 square miles in north central Alabama. It is the state’s most populous county with 659,680 people. Alabama’s largest city, Birmingham,...

Spotlight on Jefferson County: Culture & Recreation

Birmingham Civil Rights National Monument • The Birmingham Civil Rights National Monument is dedicated to telling the history of Black Americans and their fight...

Spotlight on Jefferson County: Higher Education

University of Alabama at Birmingham UAB is a research university and academic medical center and a major economic driver in Jefferson County.With more than 22,500...

Spotlight on Jefferson County: Community Development

Jefferson County is preparing the way for new companies and existing national companies to move in or reinvest their dollars and create new jobs...

Spotlight on Jefferson County: Movers & Shapers

Jason Alexander is president and CEO of Ascension St. Vincent’s and executive vice president of the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) Health System/Ascension...

Spotlight on Jefferson County: Health Care

UAB Health System On its website, UAB Medicine’s charge is clear: “UAB Medicine’s mission is to deliver world-class patient care to the residents of Alabama...

Spotlight on Jefferson County: Economic Engines

Health Care The health care industry in Jefferson County is one of Alabama’s largest employers. In Birmingham alone, an estimated 59,000 people are employed in...

Byars|Wright Gets Growing

Haig Wright II was the 30-year-old president of his father, Dick Wright’s, insurance agency, Primm-Wright Inc., when in 1990, the agency merged with Byars...

How PPP Loans saved some Alabama businesses

The Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), the $961 billion emergency fund to help businesses stay afloat financially during the COVID-19 pandemic, came to a close...

Black Market Street focuses on entrepreneurs of color

The coronavirus pandemic and subsequent state-mandated shutdowns to contain the virus forced many small businesses across the United States to close or scale back...

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