The ECOB was founded in the 1950's to coordinate activities and communications among local engineering societies in the Birmingham area. In the last few years the ECOB has expanded its geographical area to extend from the cities of Anniston to Gadsden to Tuscaloosa with Birmingham remaining at the heart of the Council. The council has a diverse group of societies that range from educational, professional, and specialty trade associations. They are all related in some way to the fields of engineering, technology, construction, consulting, as well as promotion and education of students for these related fields in industry.
What does ECOB do?
To quote the council bylaws, "The basic purpose of this Corporation shall be to coordinate and promote those activities of the member Societies which can best be performed by cooperative action in relation to those matters of general processional, education, civic and social nature which are beyond the scope of activity of any individual Society."
To further understand the purpose of ECOB, you may read the bylaws posted here.