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Businesses and students connected at a special event Friday. Source: WBRC video Businesses and students connected at a special event Friday. Source: WBRC video
BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) -

The Honda Indy Grand Prix isn't just a time to have fun. Business leaders are also organizing events in the hopes of keeping Alabama's best and brightest at home.

The Birmingham Business Alliance is sponsoring about 50 students across the state at a special networking event.

The students can not only enjoy watching the race cars but connect with business leaders..

"I'm looking for internships to get my feett in the door. Having a relationship with a company before you graduate means a lot now," Peter Schmidt said.

The Birmingham Business Alliance says these engineering and computer science majors will have an opportunity to go anywhere but they hope they'll find jobs in Alabama.

"We wanted to expose them to events of that kind a swell of massive support. Bring them and show them what Birmingham has to offer," Waymond Jackson with the alliance said.

Birmingham businesses welcomed the chance to lure top notch talent to try and keep them in Alabama as well.

"It's a list of students that are either graduating or looking for employment. They know there are opportunities in Birmingham. They don't have to automatically look outside of the state," Jennifer Skyellum said.

Many of these students who don't have ties to the state say they hope to stay in Alabama.

"I want to stay. I was born in Puerto Rico and stayed until I was ten. I really love the state a lot," Yareles Rivera said.

"I was not aware at all how vibrant Birmingham is. It seem Birmingham in the last few years has improved its image in a lot of areas," Schmidt said.

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