Birmingham an "All America City"

The National Civic League recognized Birmingham for the strides that it has made over the past 50 years.

Birmingham has been named an All-America City.

To be considered, cities were required to list three examples of "significant community change and planning", over the last five years.

This is the first time that Birmingham has won the distinction in more than four decades.

"We're excited about the designation and it took a lot of hard work from a lot of different people, a lot of different organizations," says Mayor William Bell.{}Bell says the distinction is the result of years of hard work."My administration set out in 2010 to change the image of Birmingham with the national media," says Bell. A big part of Birmingham's designation, was the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights movement and the city's 50 Years Forward campaign.Dave Rickey, with the Birmingham Business Alliance says, the partnership with the city has paid dividends. Also, the enhancement of Birmingham's image will make for future success."It's that kind of enhancement for this community that will both draw new companies here. At the same time have our existing industry be very happy here and not wanting to move somewhere else," Rickey says.While Bell will say this recognition is a feather in the cap for the city.

He knows, there's still a ways to go.

"We know that we are on the right track, but we've got to do even more in our communities and neighborhoods," Bell says.