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Top Reasons to Attend 27th Annual Executive Training Conference in Birmingham, AL

FBI-LEEDA will be hosting its 27th Annual Executive Training Conference in Birmingham, Alabama 
April 30- May 2, 2018. 

Birmingham Civil Rights Institute

Visits to the museum are self-guided and start at the permanent exhibit, which consists of a journey from the 50s and 60s Civil Rights Movement to contemporary human rights issues. In the early 1960s, Birmingham was a battleground in the Civil Rights Movement, a racially charged city where four black girls were killed in a notorious bombing at the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church and where the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. wrote his moving “Letter From Birmingham Jail.” Rather than try to cover up that past, though, Birmingham has embraced it, with such educational attractions as the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute and the Birmingham Civil Rights Heritage Trail. 


Vulcan Park and Museum

You can spot the Roman god at Vulcan Park and Museum 360 degrees of Birmingham, his CrossFit arm raising a spear as if he were planning to carve his name in the sky. At the 10-acre park, climb 159 steps or ride the elevator for a closer glimpse of the 56-foot-tall stud — a hand. In the museum, learn about the world’s largest cast-iron statue that still turns heads more than 110 years later. 

Visitors to Vulcan Park can enjoy a picnic on the grounds, view an art exhibit at the Linn Henley Gallery, and enjoy a panoramic view of Birmingham's skyline.

Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum

This is the world’s largest motorcycle collection, according to Guinness World Records and one of the best things to do in Birmingham, Alabama. The museum has more than 1,400 motorcycles, and about 650 bikes are on display at any time.

Birmingham's Restaurants/Food

Birmingham has 5 Michelen starred restaurants which is more than anywhere else outside of London! Birmingham boasts one of the Southeast’s most lauded food scenes. Rated #1 on Zagat’s list of “America’s Next Hot Food Cities,” the Magic City has a thriving culinary presence. Its masters are raising a crop of impressive talent who are now spreading their wings and the result is a major boom in fantastic new eateries.

Local favorites: 

Gourmet Popsicles 

In the past few years, an ice cream and popsicle renaissance has swept the Magic City. A dessert favorite is Birmingham's Steel City Pop's gourmet popsicles. With seasonal flavors like strawberry balsamic, blueberry basil, and buttermilk, this local chain is the best place to cool off in the face of sweltering southern heat. Chilled dessert artisans have elevated simple summer treats by giving ice cream the farm-to-table treatment, infusing sorbets and ices with haute cuisine creativity and invigorating popsicles with the exciting spices of other cultures. Be sure to check out Birmingham’s favorite ice cream parlors and popsicle stands!

Alabama Sports Hall of Fame Museum

The Alabama Sports Hall of Fame features various sports-related displays and films that highlight memorable sports moments. Thousands of sports artifacts are displayed along with the athletic achievements of several sports champions including Jesse Owens, Hank Aaron, Joe Louis, Willie Mays, and Carl Lewis.

Music: A City of Performances!

The music scene in the Magic City is as hot as a firecracker and soul men St. Paul and the Broken Bones are spreading the word, opening shows for the Rolling Stones and jamming with the Alabama Shakes on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.” The Sloss Music & Arts Festival, which debuted in 2015, was just included on Southern Living’s list of “The South’s Most Iconic Music Festivals and Venues” and music venues such as Iron City, WorkPlay and Saturn Birmingham will host upcoming shows by the likes of Gary Clark Jr., Sister Hazel, Delbert McClinton, the Old 97’s and Birmingham’s own Black Jacket Symphony.

Birmingham is also home to the Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame. Housed in the restored art deco Carver Theatre, this is home to memorabilia from Birmingham’s rich jazz history. Displays pay tribute to the likes of Nat King Cole, Erskine Hawkins, and Sun Ra.

Voted by Paste Magazine as one of the best music venues in the country, WorkPlay is a premier spot to hear live music, so check on the schedule before making your travel plans. Also check the entertainment schedule at the Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex. Big-name national entertainers like Garth Brooks, Jay-Z, and Mumford & Sons regularly show up here, both in the intimate setting of the Concert Hall and the energetic Legacy Arena.

Birmingham Museum of Art

The Birmingham Museum of Art features American and European art as well as pre-Columbian, Asian, African and American Indian art and artifacts. The permanent collection contains thousands of pieces of art.

Paintings, sculpture, graphic arts and decorative arts are on display along with European silver, porcelain, glass and photographs. Changing exhibitions are a big focus for the museum.

On the grounds is the Charles W. Ireland Sculpture Garden, a multi-level area which features the Red Mountain Garden, Lower Gallery, and the Upper Plaza.

Ruffner Mountain Nature Center


Ruffner Mountain Nature Center offers opportunities for hiking, bird watching, and for outdoor enthusiasts to explore and learn. The wildlife sanctuary is home to raptors, snakes, turtles, frogs, salamanders, and mammals. Mining sites, quarries, and mining equipment remain on Ruffner Mountain from the many iron ore mines that dotted the landscape from the 1880s to the 1950s.

McWane Science Center

McWane Science Center in Birmingham allows visitors to experience the world through science adventures and interactive exhibits. A wide variety of topics are explored, from dinosaurs to laser and light. Hands-on displays feature motion, energy, light and sound. Traveling exhibits from other museums around the world are constantly visiting McWane Science Center.

The lower level offers an interactive aquarium exhibit that features habitat tanks of aquatic creatures. Visitors can make waves on an eroding shoreline, check out salt marsh creatures, and explore the story of water and what it means to us.

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