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Council approves a resolution amending the World Games organizing committee

PRESS RELEASE                                       Tuesday December 11, 2018

Contact: Chiara Perry

Phone: 205-254-2036

Cell: 205-383-8432


BIRMINGHAM, AL –After initially passing on the consent agenda, the Birmingham City Council voted to reconsider a resolution amending the local World Games organizing committee.

The resolution expressed the need for the Birmingham City Council to have more voting members on the committee — as it stands, the Council does not have a vote. Following a discussion, the Council voted to delay the item one week so that they could consult with stakeholders and have discussions regarding the terms of the existing contract.

After receiving an update from World Games 2021 CEO DJ Mackovets during a recent Committee of the Whole meeting, the Council voiced concerns about having representation on the committee seeing as though the city has contributed $3.5 million into the games.

“They’ve been meeting for the last three years and they’re not showing us they want us involved,” Councilor Steven Hoyt said on Tuesday. “We’ve been asking for quite a long time. It needs to be inclusive of the Council. Whether or not we have a vote in that matter that’s up for debate… We need this process to be all -inclusive and that’s what I will support.”

The item will come back before the Council at the Dec. 18 meeting.

This press release was written by Cody Owens, Public Information Officer, in the Birmingham City Council Office of Public Information.For media inquiries please contact the Interim Director of Public Information, Chiara Perry at 205.254.2294.