The Birmingham Business Alliance said today that economic development activity in its seven-county region generated more than 2,000 jobs and nearly $587 million in new capital investment during 2016.

At a breakfast meeting today, BBA leaders also outlined their strategy of harnessing the Birmingham area’s extensive research and technology capabilities to spur growth and create high-tech jobs through initiatives such as Innovate Birmingham.

“We want to create opportunities for new companies and new college graduates,” Dr. Ray Watts, president of the University of Alabama at Birmingham and chairman of the BBA’s board, said at the 2017 Regional Economic Development Growth Summit.

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