The Birmingham region’s people are its greatest asset. The economic and social well-being of a community’s residents ultimately defines the success of community and economic development efforts. The most effective method for elevating incomes is to elevate education levels.

In today’s increasingly competitive environment for knowledge-intensive jobs, talent development is vital. Workers need to be adequately prepared for the jobs of tomorrow, not simply the jobs of today. To provide the skilled workers that companies are looking for, the Birmingham region is optimizing its education pipeline, while effectively retaining and recruiting talented workers to the region.

Top flight colleges and universities, committed teachers and parents and involved businesses drive the present success and future promise of primary, secondary and higher education in Birmingham.

Consistently strengthening the educational opportunities in the region is a key component of the Birmingham Business Alliance’s workforce development initiatives. Learn more about OnBoard Birmingham and the BBA's Talent Recruitment Project. 


The Birmingham Business Alliance launched in 2014 OnBoard Birmingham, a program to help regional employers recruit and retain professionals in their companies and in Birmingham. The program is part of the BBA’s Talent Recruitment Project, which is an ongoing workforce development effort to help attract and retain talent in the Birmingham region. OnBoard Birmingham provides first-year and early career professionals the opportunity to make a meaningful connection with the Birmingham community.


Magic City Summer is a series of free social events that connect summer interns to Birmingham’s culture, communities and influencers. Participants enjoy a VIP summer experience, receiving discounts and free admission into some of Birmingham’s most popular summer events and activities.


Several times a year, the Birmingham Business Alliance invites more than one hundred students from colleges and universities from around the state to join its “Talent Recruitment Project,” a workforce development initiative designed to give college juniors and seniors the opportunity to meet with major corporations for prospective internships and jobs in Birmingham. The opportunity provides a leg up on their post-college careers, hopefully, in Birmingham. Top students, who met established criteria set by each company and vetted by the career service department of each school, meet with some of Birmingham’s premier companies looking to hire talent. Following small group meetings with companies, students are treated to any number of hot-spot attractions in Birmingham.