Our day was packed with energetic and informative meetings with key stakeholders who are making a positive difference in resolving the food deserts issue in Birmingham.
Our meeting included a prominent Birmingham commercial real estate developer, key executives of Mayor Bell’s office, the Regional Planning Commission, the City of Birmingham Economic Development Department, the Planning Commission and the Executive Director of P.E.E.R. who runs a local Farmers Market with a unique program that delivers fresh produce to the elderly.
We were also hosted by Regions Bank for a lunch with key employees of the bank who are strongly committed to their communities through extensive volunteer activities. Regions was a gracious host and the time we spent with them provided additional insights into the food needs and approaches to help resolve food deserts in Birmingham.
As the day ended the team recapped our day, reviewed our new findings and did our daily brainstorming session. This is an important exercise to determine where we are in the process of delivering innovative recommendations on how to resolve food deserts in Birmingham.
We ended the day with a fantastic team dinner at one of the best restaurants in Birmingham. The team was both tired after our first full week but also energized as we creatively identify ways to make a positive impact in Birmingham!