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Day 2: Birmingham learns from Spartanburg S.C.

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It's a second day of learning for a group of Birmingham leaders and community members in Spartanburg, S.C.

The group, organized by Birmingham Councilman William Parker, is visiting the area to learn how it has revitalized itself after undergoing environmental cleanup. The Environmental Protection Agency designated the area a Superfund site in the 1990's because of pollutants from a local landfill and industry. Three neighborhoods in Birmingham have been designated a collective Superfund site by the agency as well.

South Carolina State Representative Harold Mitchell has lead many workshops for the group. Mitchell, a native of Spartanburg, S.C., started the nonprofit ReGenesis, which has revitalized the area since 2005. The nonprofit helped build the multi-million dollar  C.C.Woodson Community Center and affordable housing developments in the city, which was once riddled with environmental contaminants, crime and blight.

The Birmingham group is learning from the leaders at the C.C.Woodson Community Center. Community and business leaders are sharing best practices to improve housing, healthcare and other factors in similar-situated communities. The group also toured a health center founded by ReGenesis Friday morning.

Stay with ABC 33/40 for more on this trip.

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