Filed under: 35203, AL, Birmingham, Birmingham Alabama, Birmingham, AL, Civic Engagement, civic/service organizations, Commentary, COOL Community Task Force, The Ticker, urban issues, yp events
I’m writing here and everywhere else that I can because I strongly believe in what this event can accomplish. More than an opportunity to mingle and take advantage of a cash bar, it is what will hopefully become the first of many times that the young professional community in Birmingham comes together, network, and identify ways that we can move the city forward.
It partially grew out of a white paper I wrote nearly two years ago (and published here) and is the first of two unique opportunities for the YP community this year. It also grew out of the hard work and discussions among those that participated in the Chamber’s COOL Community Task Force and the organizations that have stepped up to make tomorrow happen.
A lot has changed since writing it, most notably the level of communication that is beginning to exist among these organizations and hopefully the rest of the community.
I’m hoping to see many of you out there tomorrow night. It’s a great way to start off a busy weekend of fun…
It’s the first ever YP expo for Birmingham! Come and find out how to get involved with more than 20 young professional organizations from around the Birmingham metropolitan area!
It’s free and open to the public, so come on out and enjoy the networking + The Spots!
Here’s the calendar entry on The Terminal:
and here’s the info page for the event:
Look forward to seeing you there!
& PLEASE REPOST if you can!
Enjoy the day!
Filed under: AL, Birmingham, Birmingham Alabama, Bottletree Cafe, COOL Community Task Force, music, music venues, WorkPlay, yp events
One of the suggestions of the COOL Community Task Force of the Birmingham Regional Chamber of Commerce was to create a Cool School as a way to provide human resources professionals with additional reasons for young professionals to relocate to (or stay in) Birmingham, Alabama for their next job. This will become more important according those studying the future of our workforce, including this paper written by Rebecca Ryan of Next Generation Consulting.
The first Cool School event will be held tomorrow evening (2.20.2007) at WorkPlay beginning at 5 p.m. The focus of this first meeting will be Birmingham’s music and entertainment industries with a focus on how this information can be leveraged to attract talent. Attendees will also be able to pick up a copy of Birmingham’s “brag book” – a visual ranking of what the chamber says are “…the region’s hottest selling commodities for the young and young at heart.”
The event will be moderated by Malena Cunningham with an industry panel that includes Alan Hunter and Antonio Minnifield and the owners of the Bottletree Cafe. Click here to view the flyer to find out more details.
A few more updates throughout the day.
Filed under: 2006 Winter Olympics, AL, Birmingham Alabama, Birmingham, AL, Catalyst, Chad Hedrick, church fires, Civic Engagement, civic/service organizations, Commentary, people, Rickwood Field, Rotaract, Shani Davis, Sixteenth Street Baptist Church, The Year in Review, Wallace Rayfield, yp events
The shortest month of the year had a lot things packed into it here at the Ramblings. Let’s get to it…
Young leadership emerges in the Magic City
We started it off by trying to get a working list of young professional organizations up on the site and seeking additional input. You can cheat ahead and click here to see what happened as a result. Or you can try to hold out until October’s review gets posted next week.
Organizations like Rotaract held a fundraiser and Catalyst hired Cherie Fields as director, happenings geared at making people realize that the current YP generation is ready and willing to roll up their hands and do whatever needs to be done for the improvement of the city. We also spoke of the need to increase communication in the region so that it may move forward or stay in a vacuum.
Commentary a little outside the normal realm of the blog
We voiced our opinions about the rash of church fires in central Alabama that has recently reared its head again on mainstream media. We also talked about the only story that seemed to matter from the 2006 Winter Olympics, the saga between speed skaters Shani Davis and Chad Hedrick and the hype that was built around it simply because we didn’t dominate the way we wanted to.
Honors during Black History Month shines spotlight on Birmingham, Alabama
Locally, the sports world revolved around Rickwood Field and the five hours of free advertising the nation’s oldest ballpark received with a retro game that returned the Birmingham Black Barons to action, even if only for a day. The game was scheduled to coincide with Black History Month, the annual celebration of the African diaspora in our country including honoring one of its most hallowed landmarks shortly before its extensive restoration began (an image of Sixteenth Street Baptist Church on the day of the event is posted here).
Like I said, a lot packed into a short amount of time.
Next, the first month on WordPress.
Enjoy the day.
The Year in Review – January