Birmingham is wedged at the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, which gives it a humid subtropical climate. Birmingham was originally known for its deposits of iron ore, coal, and limestone - the three main minerals used to create steel. Today, urban renewal efforts have led to the city becoming a major medical and research center. The Birmingham metropolitan area has more than 550 technology companies that employ more than 6,300 workers.
Birmingham Business Alliance - The BBA serves its members by offering networking events to help businesses create strategic partnerships and promotes economic development in seven counties.