June 24, 2022 11:00am

The World Games in Birmingham

How influential Birmingham leaders feel about The World Games 2022

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Birmingham, AL Correspondent
 

Birmingham leaders are bullish about the potential for the upcoming World Games in the Magic City — and the majority of them are planning to attend the event.

That’s the biggest takeaway from the latest Power Poll Birmingham, which is a monthly poll of local leaders.

Power Poll Birmingham is not a scientific poll, but does offer a window into the perspectives of influential Birmingham community and business leaders.

The World Games were awarded to Birmingham in 2015, and the global sporting event will bring thousands of athletes from around the world from July 7 to July 17 at sites around the region — the culmination of years of planning.

Nearly half of respondents in the Birmingham Power Poll said they planned to attend at least three events during the World Games. Only 17% said they didn’t plan to attend a World Games event in some capacity.

Additionally, 45% of respondents said their business or organization was taking steps to capitalize on the World Games being in the Magic City.

Several heavy hitters from Birmingham’s corporate community have signed on as major sponsors for the event, while representatives from numerous others are volunteering or providing resources.

Looking ahead, 90% of Power Poll respondents believe hosting the World Games will have a positive long-term effect on Birmingham’s economy.

This month's Power Poll surveyed 638 members with a 17% response rate.

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