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Council approves five new appointees to the P.A.C.E. Board

PRESS RELEASE                                                                          Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Contact: Chiara Perry

Phone: 205-254-2036

Cell: 205-383-8432

chiara.perry@birminghamal.gov

BIRMINGHAM, AL—After a prolonged discussion regarding the organizational structure of the Public Athletics and Cultural Events Board (PACE), the Birmingham City Council voted to approve five new appointees to the board, replacing the previous members whose terms have expired.

The council approved the appointments of the following board members: (Mayor’s three appointments) Cora Coley, James Sullivan, and Ronnie Rice, (Council’s two appointments) Justina Howard and Samuel Rumore.

First created in 2011, PACE is five-member board that oversaw the construction and planning of Regions Field.

The most pressing reason for the new appointments, according to both the council and the mayor, is a locally owned restaurant that has been trying to open in the Negro Southern League Museum. Because the restaurant is located within the boundaries of the stadium, the PACE board must first move for approval.

“I do want to point out that we have a minority, woman owned business that has been waiting to occupy this space for months,” Councilor Darrell O’Quinn said. “Their plan was to be in operating in April. Because there is no functioning board they’ve been put on hold. In order for the city to improve their relationship with small business we need to be expeditious in having this matter taken care of.” See the attached video of more on Councilor O’Quinn’s viewpoint

Some councilors took issue with the organizational structure of the board and the scope of their responsibilities. The restaurant will be coming soon pending the approval of the recently reconfigured PACE Board.

This press release is a contribution from Cody Owens in the Office of Public Information for the Birmingham City Council. For media inquiries please contact Birmingham City Council Interim Director of Public Information Chiara Perry at 205.383.8432.