Vestavia Hills Living


Official magazine published by the Vestavia Hills Chamber of Commerce for the City of Vestavia Hills which details the quality of life, education, shopping and lifestyle of Vestavia Hills.

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F I am genuinely honored to serve as Chair of the Vestavia Hills Chamber of Commerce Board this year, as together we continue the exciting work—that rarely feels like work—of making our city a tremendous place to live, work, and play! People are often curious about what makes Vestavia Hills (or any city) great, and I'm often asked that question about Vestavia Hills by people or businesses relocating from out of town. What is your "elevator speech" when asked this question, and how might it bear on our 2018 goals as a business community? What makes Vestavia Hills so appealing as a city? Is it our high-quality schools, which are among the very best in the state? Or is it the quality of our city leadership, the tranquility and safety we enjoy, and our business-friendly culture? Or is it the superb sense of community and quality of the people themselves? Well, I think the right answer is to reject the premise of the question, that it must be ONE thing that is the secret sauce that has Vestavia cookin' these days! Alex, I'll take all of the above. • When our schools thrive, businesses benefit in competitive advantage, a long-term labor supply and growing quality of place is created for the city, and an economically powerful customer base is built and sustained. • When businesses locate or do business in Vestavia Hills, a powerful tax base is built, forming the lifeblood of revenue for vital services to residents; investments are made in our K-12 educational resources and infrastructure; and the overall brand of the city as a destination to live, work, play, and do business is enhanced. • And of course, when diverse, talented, and dedicated PEOPLE decide to live in Vestavia Hills for all these reasons, it exponentially enhances neighborhoods, schools, businesses, and the community at large, which our outstanding City Manager, Jeff Downes, refers to as quality of place. It is more than a zip code, or connecting neighborhood streets – it is home; it is how we experience life in our city at an emotional level that forms deep roots. In short, all the elements of our city and our business commu- nity are mutually interdependent in our quest to build and sustain greatness. Obviously, we must intelligently balance interests, A Letter from the Board Chair For the strength of the Pack is the Wolf, and the strength of the Wolf is the Pack. - Rudyard Kipling, The Law of the Jungle allocate resources wisely, and grow business prudently to serve the overall greater good. But our greatness derives both from the wolf, and from the pack, to use the Kipling metaphor. I encourage each of you to find a place to serve your community. We would love to have you join us at the Chamber as we together endeavor to make Vestavia Hills the most business-friendly location in the Greater Birmingham area, and as Vestavia Hills strives to achieve "A Life Above" for every resident! We look forward to seeing you at upcoming ribbon cuttings for new businesses, and Chamber events in 2018! Sincerely, Doug Dean, 2018 Chair of the Board VESTAVIA HILLS CHAMBER OF COMMERCE 10 v e s tav i a h i l l s l i v i n g 2 0 1 8

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