Birmingham business and political leaders are hoping a new economic development organization will kick start growth in the region. The Birmingham Business Alliance made its public debut Tuesday. The organization is a merger of the Birmingham Chamber of Commerce and the Metropolitan Development Board and aims to foster economic development in the seven county, metro-Birmingham area. WBHM’s Andrew Yeager spoke with Dalton Smith, President and CEO of the Birmingham Business Alliance. Smith says this new group will help focus economic development efforts.