The University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) is a public university in Birmingham in the U.S. state of Alabama. Developed from an academic extension center established in 1936, the institution became an autonomous institution in 1969 and is today one of three institutions in the University of Alabama System. In the fall of 2013, 18,568 students from more than 110 countries were enrolled at UAB pursuing studies in 140 programs of study in 12 academic divisions leading to bachelor's, master's, doctoral, and professional degrees in the social and behavioral sciences, the liberal arts, business, education, engineering, and health-related fields such as medicine, dentistry, optometry, nursing, and public health.
Alabama Power Co. engages in the generation, distribution and sale of electricity. It owns coal reserves near its Plant Gorgas and uses the output of coal from the reserves in its generating plants. The company also sells, and cooperates with dealers in promoting the sale of, electric appliances. Alabama Power was founded by William Patrick Lay, James Mitchell and Thomas W. Martin on December 4, 1906 and is headquartered in Birmingham, AL.
Gulf Power Co. provides electricity to retail customers. It engages in the generation and purchase of electricity and the transmission, distribution, and sale of electricity. The company was founded on November 2, 1925 and is headquartered in Pensacola, FL.