BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — After a record year of more than 4,500 jobs and $1 billion in capital investment for the Birmingham region, President and CEO of the Birmingham Business Alliance (BBA), Brian Hilson, announced he is stepping down Thursday evening.
The announcement states Hilson is stepping down to take another economic development position within Alabama. His official last day is March 29, 2019.
“When I came here eight years ago from Huntsville my plan was very clear: to accept the challenge to put into practice the proven strategies that I knew would bring a new level of success to this great community,” said Hilson. “As I move on to my next challenge in economic development, I have a sense of satisfaction that the BBA has, in fact, helped Birmingham achieve many successful years in economic development. This is a timely opportunity for me to leave the BBA after a record year in economic development, and to step into a new role.”
BBA 2019 Chairwoman Nancy Goedecke praised Hilson’s dedication and commitment to Birmingham’s growth and said his work since 2011 has laid a foundation for the future of economic development in Birmingham.
Goedecke addressed the BBA Board of Directors Thursday and ensured a seamless transition for BBA leadership and staff. The BBA’s Board will immediately begin a search for an interim president and Hilson will support the leadership transition.