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Birmingham City Council to Hold Joint Meeting with Jefferson County Commissioners on the Possibility of a Port Authority in Birmingham

MEDIA ADVISORY                                                                     Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Contact: Brittany Sharp

Phone: 205-721-5369

brittany.sharp@birminghamal.gov

BIRMINGHAM, AL – The creation of a Birmingham International Trade Port Authority could soon become reality. Birmingham City Councilors will meet with Jefferson County Commissioners on Wednesday, September 8, 2015 at 4 p. m. to discuss the proposal. The meeting will take place at City Hall on the 3rd floor in Conference Rooms D & E. The meeting will involve a presentation to educate both Councilors and Commissioners on what the port will mean for the City of Birmingham and what steps are needed going forward in order to establish a port authority in accordance with the law. At this time, state law requires any governmental port authority to be a cooperative body of municipal and county wherein the jurisdictions the port will reside.

During the meeting both parties will also learn about information related to other port studies that have been conducted around the country. The Council, particularly the Transportation Committee has been working on this concept since 2010. Both the Council and Commissioners agree that it is now time to engage in a joint discussion about the future of a port authority in Birmingham.

For more information, please contact Birmingham City Council Director of Public Information Brittany Sharp at (205) 721-5369 or brittany.sharp@birminghamal.gov.