Birmingham, United States

2014 challenge

The city of Birmingham, Alabama has a proud history as an industrial powerhouse and epicenter of the Civil Rights movement; but it has struggled to transition its economy and realize the Civil Rights leaders' vision of equal access and opportunity for all. As industries have shuttered and populations declined, neighborhoods have struggled to maintain essential services including supermarkets and access to affordable, healthy food options. Forty percent of Birmingham households are located within these "food deserts," a problem that is inextricably linked to the city's economic vitality and the health of the people who live in it. Mayor William Bell asked IBM to help devise a comprehensive strategy to reduce the incidence and impact of these food deserts by viewing them as part of a larger system of community investment and economic growth.

City Leader

William A. Bell, Sr.

Mayor of Birmingham

Team Members

  • Idrissa Thioune

    • Senior Program Manager, Research, IBM US
  • Linda Goudreau

    • Senior Managing Consultant and Program Manager, Global Business Services, IBM US
  • Henry D. Rohrer

    • Manager, Software Group, IBM US
  • Joe Noonan

    • North America Architect Leader, Client Technical Manager, IBM US
  • Joseph S. Voss

    • Partner, Global Business Services, IBM US