With the recent closings of Ruby Tuesdays and O'Charleys in east Birmingham, Councilor Lashunda Scales and members of the east Birmingham community have joined to seek greater economic help and attention from the city of Birmingham.
Scales unveiled a "Sustainable Community Initiative" Monday morning. She called upon the Mayor's office to provide more resources, including tax incentives to attract business developers.
"Many residents in the eastern area are
simply tired of taking their hard-earned monies to help build neighboring cities
when they [residents] should be able to purchase quality goods and services in
their local neighborhood, where they live", said Councilor Lashunda Scales in a press conference.
Scales add that east Birmingham is overlooked when it comes to business development. And due to that, many people go to nearby areas to shop.
Tracey Morant Adams, the Director of Mayor's Office of Economic Development released this statement to ABC 33/40:
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