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1 Greater Birmingham is Alabama's largest urban economy, its most populous urban area, and its economic center.
2 The county is sometimes described as the "West Midlands metropolitan area" or the "West Midlands conurbation" or "Greater Birmingham", although these have different, and less clearly defined, boundaries.
3 Casualty, ProAssurance, and Liberty National have their headquarters in Birmingham, and these employ a large number of people in Greater Birmingham.
4 The Cultural Alliance of Greater Birmingham maintains Birmingham365.org, "a one-stop source for finding out what's going on where around" Birmingham.
5 Noteworthy institutions of higher education in greater Birmingham include the University of Alabama at Birmingham, Samford University (including the Cumberland School of Law), Birmingham School of Law, Miles College, the independent Miles Law School, Jefferson State Community College, Birmingham-Southern College, University of Montevallo (in Shelby County), and Lawson State Community College.
6 Many of the residents of Helena commute to work in other communities within the greater Birmingham area.
7 Helena's residents also have easy access to cultural attractions in the greater Birmingham area, such as the Birmingham Zoo, Birmingham Museum of Art, McWane Center, and Vulcan statue and park.
8 Numerous minor-league sports franchises are located in the Greater Birmingham area, within which Helena is located.
9 The conurbation also has several other unofficial names, such as Greater Birmingham, the West Midlands Metro Area, the Birmingham conurbation, the Birmingham-Wolverhampton conurbation and the Birmingham-Black Country conurbation with the latter gaining wide traction as an alternative to the generally unliked official name of the Conurbation.
10 Two Local enterprise partnerships (LEPs) cover the majority of the conurbation area: Black Country LEP comprises the local authorities of Dudley, Sandwell, Walsall and Wolverhampton while the Greater Birmingham &