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Councilor William Parker Announces Clinton Global Initiative America Commitment to Action

PRESS RELEASE Wednesday, June 25, 2014
Contact: Brittany Sharp
Phone: 205-721-5369
brittany.sharp@birminghamal.gov

BIRMINGHAM, AL- Empowering Collegeville through Neighborhood Renewal, a “Commitment to Action,” announced today at the Clinton Global Initiative America meeting in Denver, CO was created by Councilor William Parker to address the challenges in North Birmingham associated with overall sustainability and a livable, safe environment for its citizens. This “Commitment to Action,” lead by Councilor Parker, will begin efforts within the North Birmingham Collegeville Community by the implementation of six goals: soil remediation, development of vacant lots around Historic Bethel Baptist Church for green space, construction of a pedestrian/vehicular bridge, re-development of Maclin Park, development of affordable housing on vacant Carver High School site and floodplain management. In the process, this project will create or fill more than 300 jobs by 2017. The total estimated cost of this commitment is $47 million.

“I am very eager to begin the work outlined in our commitment to both the City of Birmingham and CGI America,” Councilor Parker said. “Neighborhood sustainability is the catalyst of urban development, and it is my hope that through this commitment we will set the tone for additional neighborhood renewals. I would like to express my gratitude to Birmingham Mayor William Bell for his support of our efforts to make North Birmingham a better place for its residents.”

Collaboration is a critical success factor. Through Councilor Parker’s work with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to remediate the soil in the North Birmingham community and his work with AL-DOT to construct a pedestrian/vehicular bridge, the Clinton Global Initiative America relationship will assist in spurring stabilization and revitalization efforts that are currently underway.

About the Clinton Global Initiative America
The Clinton Global Initiative America (CGI America), a program of the Clinton Global Initiative,
addresses economic recovery in the United States. Established in June 2011 by President Bill
Clinton, CGI America brings together leaders in business, government, and civil society to
generate and implement commitments to create jobs, stimulate economic growth, foster
innovation, and support workforce development in the United States. Since its first meeting, CGI
America participants have made over 300 commitments valued at more than $15 billion when
fully funded and implemented. To learn more, visit cgiamerica.org.

Established in 2005 by President Bill Clinton, the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI), an initiative of the
Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation, convenes global leaders year-round and at its Annual
Meeting to create and implement solutions to the world’s most pressing challenges. CGI also
convenes CGI University, which brings together undergraduate and graduate students to address
pressing challenges in their communities and around the world. To date, members of the CGI
community have made more than 2,800 Commitments to Action, which are already improving the
lives of more than 430 million people in over 180 countries. When fully funded and implemented,
these commitments will be valued at $103 billion. For more information, visit
clintonglobalinitiative.org and follow us on Twitter @ClintonGlobal and Facebook at
facebook.com/clintonglobalinitiative.

For more information on Councilor Parker’s commitment to CGI, please contact Birmingham City Council Director of Public Information, Brittany Sharp at 205-721-5369 or brittany.sharp@birminghamal.gov.