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Regional economic development organization set to launch

July 9, 2009

Look for the launch next week of the merged organization that will take on the important roles of the Birmingham Regional Chamber of Commerce and the Birmingham Metropolitan Development Board in regional economic development. Starting July 14, the organization that still is unnamed will be located at the Financial Center, 505 20th Street North in downtown Birmingham, the current home of the chamber.

Dalton Smith from Region 2020 is president and chief executive. Four senior vice presidents, named last month, are Patrick Murphy, senior vice president of economic development; Barry Copeland, senior vice president of operations/special projects; Dave Rickey, senior vice president of communications, and Myla Choy, general counsel and senior vice president of regional development/public policy.

This merger has the potential for powerful and positive results, especially in the important area of economic development, which continues to be an important issue for participants in our Imagine blog. Because we know we can be stronger when we work together for a brighter future, it’s good to see our region take this step forward.

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