Editorial: Shining brighter

Editorial: Shining brighter

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - The following is an editorial from WBRC FOX6 News General Manager Collin Gaston, which first aired on Thursday, April 26, 2018:

In early March, Governor Kay Ivey spoke at the Rotary Club of Birmingham and was asked a number of questions, including, "What does Birmingham need to do in order to further attract investment here in our city and community?" Governor Ivey responded, in part, that we need to get our "act cleaned up and let our reputation shine." She also said that we "have suffered from time to time from some corruption, or whatever, in different boards or commissions."

Wait for it... I agree. Yes, I'm agreeing with our governor that if Birmingham continues its commitment to routing out corruption and those who perpetuate it, we will shine brighter and be more attractive to the business community looking to expand or begin operations in our area.

While not completely out of the corruption spotlight, evidenced in December with special grand jury charges against three individuals associated with the Birmingham Water Works, the Birmingham region overall appears to be keeping its nose clean. And according to a just-released Birmingham Business Alliance report, the business community has rewarded us handsomely to the tune of 3,068 new jobs and 572.7 million in capital investment in the Birmingham seven-county region. That's really good news, and from all signs, our reputation is on the mend.

Kudos to all the committed leaders in our area – government, community and business that are working hard, restoring Birmingham's reputation. Congratulations on the achievements in 2017 and here's to an even stronger 2018.

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