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Birmingham City Councilors & State Legislators Work Out Details for Upcoming Session in Montgomery

PRESS RELEASE                                                                            Monday, January 26, 2015

Contact: Chiara Morrow

Phone: 205-908-7392

chiara.morrow@birminghamal.gov

BIRMINGHAM, AL-Birmingham City Councilors have been diligently preparing over the last several months to meet with State Legislators during the State Legislative Agenda meeting. The annual meeting will take place Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015, at 2p.m. at the Birmingham Crossplex. Birmingham City Councilors met for a final workshop on Tuesday January13, 2015 to discuss matters they would like to present to the Alabama State Senate and House of Representatives.

Top items that will be discussed are: Economic Development Incentives: The City of Birmingham supports economic development incentive legislation that will make Birmingham and the entire state more competitive with the Southeastern region. Such legislation should reward job creation, capital investments, and include a sales tax exemption for the purchase of the machinery; and UAB Oversight and Governance, legislation supported by the City of Birmingham to ensure the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) is governed in a fair and equitable manner. Jefferson County legislators have discussed two options: 1) sponsoring legislation to give UAB and the University of Alabama at Huntsville (UAH) their own boards of trustees, or 2) reconfiguring the current 15 member board to 5-5-5 composition, which would include alumni of UAB, UAH and the University of Alabama (Tuscaloosa).

Birmingham City Council President Johnathan Austin believes the most important issues are funding through Economic Development Incentives and addressing the UAB Oversight and Governance are imperative for moving communities forward.

“Our constituents put their faith in our work as we push to develop partnerships with key decision-makers that oversee programs created to improve their communities,” Council President Austin said. “The workshops and agenda meetings are imperative to our roles as leaders, and we are making ourselves accountable as advocates in the bigger scope of federal budgets and grants.”

During the legislative agenda workshops councilors not only prepared a federal legislative agenda for fiscal year 2015-2016, they also worked to review comprehensive grants strategies and agendas and strategically developed and planned for Federal project presentations.

The State Legislative Agenda meetings have evolved over the past several years as Birmingham City Councilors met with State Senate and House Representatives at the Birmingham Crossplex, Birmingham Civil Rights Institute and at Birmingham City Hall. Since the inception of these meetings Birmingham City Councilors have formed plausible relationships with area and federal legislators as they identify key comprehensive grants strategies and agendas.

For more information please contact Chief of Staff, Courtney Hunter in the Office of Council President Johnathan Austin at 205-254-2679.

For media inquiries please contact the Birmingham City Council Public Information Officer Chiara Morrow at 205.254.2055.