There's good news for the local economy.
On Friday, the Birmingham Business Alliance announced that in 2012 the Birmingham seven-county region gained 3,831 jobs in new and expanding industries, or 18% of the state's job growth in 2012.
"Capital investment in 2012 totaled $843.4 million, 16 percent of the investment announced in Alabama," said the BBA in a news release.
The BBA shared the good news Friday morning at the second annual Blueprint Birmingham Summit, which was held at the Cahaba Grand Conference Center.
"Work on Blueprint Birmingham has kept job creation and capital investment a top priority," said Fred McCallum, 2013 BBA chairman and president of AT&T Alabama. "Through a number of accomplishments - both big and small - our community is feeling the effects from the work of hundreds of public and private sector leaders, pulling together to help us prosper."
Also in the news release, we learned that "the BBA presented the 2013 Regional Economic Growth Report, which highlights certain achievements in the community and new and expanding industry in the region in 2012.
The summit also highlighted some achievements in economic development, workforce development, community and regional development and public and private leadership."
Those achievements included:
-70 companies announced 3,831 jobs and $843 million in capital investment in the region's primary business sectors in 2012.
-Collaboration among workforce development officials and Leadership Councils, populated with industry leaders from around the region, to help close workforce gaps.
-The launch of five new technology startups through the commercialization partnership between the BBA and UAB known as i2i.
-An aggressive push to market the Birmingham region through inbound and outbound media marketing trips, a new BBA website with demographic searching capabilities for site selectors, the new Alliance magazine, and weekly e-newsletters.
-The BBA's Business Retention and Expansion Program, which made 136 company visits during 2012, identifying needs and growth plans.
-A database of "best practices" created and shared among 23 regional public school superintendents.
-Nearly $2 million from the Alabama Innovation Fund awarded to three research initiatives at UAB.
-Two Birmingham companies, coached through the BBA's Spark program, win $125,000 in seed funding. The BBA's Spark program matches mentors in the local business community with participants in the Alabama Launchpad statewide business competition.
-Connecting Alabama's completion of the first phase of mapping broadband access in the state. Next step is to help connect broadband to industrial parks throughout Alabama.
"Birmingham Business Alliance is a dynamic advocate, unifying voice and constant catalyst for economic development and business prosperity for the Birmingham region," according to Friday's news release.
If you'd like more information about the BBA, visit www.birminghambusinessalliance.com.