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Economic Development, Enhanced Education, and Better Transportation Options Lead the Discussion During the Annual Legislative Agenda Meeting

PRESS RELEASE                                                                            Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Contact: Brittany Sharp

Phone: 205-721-5369

brittany.sharp@birminghamal.gov

BIRMINGHAM, AL – As local legislators prepare for the 2016 legislative session, Birmingham City Councilors are doing their part to ensure that items relevant to Birmingham are front and center for the next session. A joint meeting organized by Birmingham City Council President Johnathan Austin was held today to gain feedback from local legislators as well as members of the Birmingham Board of Education, the Birmingham Transit Authority, the Birmingham Airport Authority, and the Jefferson County Commission. During the meeting, each entity shared insight on what items they felt were important as it pertains to the 2016 legislative session. Details were particularly discussed concerning items such as the economic state of Birmingham, and what’s needed to continue to attract developers to the city. Another big item that was discussed was ideas for enhancing educational opportunities for students to ensure that they are receiving the best experience possible.

“This meeting was very beneficial as it allowed us to all come together and share information concerning resources that we each have that will collectively help to better the city of Birmingham,” President Austin said. “In particular there were a number of people who were present at today’s meeting that have resources at the national level, and it’s important that we look at ways to make good use of those resources to better achieve the goals that we have set locally.”

That partnership between local, state, and national representatives is continuing to prove beneficial as an announcement was recently made that Birmingham has been granted a $20 million TIGER grant. Interim Executive Director of the Transit Authority echoed the benefit of partnerships between city leaders and the importance of coming together to collectively see how interests of each entity can be addressed at the state level.

“The insight that was gained through this meeting is another reason why we must consistently come to the table to look at ways that we can all work together to better Birmingham,” said Barbara Murdock, Interim Executive Director of the Transit. “For example better transportation options equal increased dollars to the economy. For every $1 created in transit, it creates $4 for the economy, so as you can see the direct correlation between economic development and transportation is very important so it’s vital that we discuss ways to work together to collectively accomplish new initiatives for our city.”

The Legislature convenes its regular annual sessions on January 12, 2016.

For more information, please contact the Birmingham City Council Director of Public Information Brittany Sharp at 205.721.5369 or brittany.sharp@birminghamal.gov.