Life is not fair. Life is too fragile. These two truths converged unmercifully at 5:13 p.m., on April 27, 2011, when a deadly EF-4 tornado with winds of 193 mph swept into the southwestern edge of this city, and took aim at the heart of Tuscaloosa. In a matter of six minutes, 12 percent of the City was destroyed.
Tuscaloosa’s world changed forever, yet, out the darkness, a confident hope emerged.
For our children, the world has never been a more difficult and complex place, especially as it relates to the value of an education. According to most experts, two out of three jobs created in the next 25 years will require a minimum of a two-year degree with a heavy concentration of digital literacy.
Technology is creating a doubled-edge sword in forecasting the next generation of job opportunities. On one end, we have individuals who do well in school and are well versed in the digital revolution, thus they are poised to succeed. Conversely, for those who fail to achieve academic success, low skill jobs are disappearing from the landscape rapidly. The next time you visit Home Depot or Lowe’s notice the amount of self-check-out lines, as just one small example.
Stillman College is about to commemorate its 140th anniversary with a gala celebration. Dr. Condoleezza Rice, former Secretary of State and Alabama native, will be the keynote speaker at a dinner on May 19.
For 140 years, Stillman College has encouraged and endorsed education as a liberal arts institution. Now, the school will celebrate its history and achievements with its celebration, “A Foundation for Life,” next month. Friends, students, alumni and community leaders will all attend.
Tuscaloosa residents who want to discuss plans and concerns with Mayor Walt Maddox will be able to do just that on Wednesday, March 23 at the Mayor’s Morning Out – which will be held from 7 to 9 a.m. at Chick-Fil-A South located off of Skyland Boulevard.
This past weekend, C-SPAN was in Montgomery, filming segments for its C-Span Cities Tour, which features the literary life and history of a specific city. Now, C-SPAN is visiting Tuscaloosa.
Mayor Maddox was set to host C-SPAN at Tuscaloosa’s historic The Jemison-Van de Graaff Mansion on Monday morning. More will be revealed about the specific segments and stories covered. And mark your calendars, because Tuscaloosa’s C-SPAN Cities Tour segment is set to air April 16 and 17.
The Tuscaloosa City Council on Tuesday evening voted in favor of a resolution to establish an entertainment district in downtown Tuscaloosa – at least for one day.
The Tuscaloosa Tourism and Sports Commission, led by Gina Simpson, had requested that a formal Entertainment District be established on April 9 – coinciding with the Druid City Arts Festival (DCAF), which is scheduled for that day in Government Plaza.
Tuscaloosa residents who want to discuss plans and concerns with Mayor Walt Maddox will have several opportunities to do just that over the coming weeks and months. Maddox will hold two public meetings, Mayor’s Morning Out and Mayor’s Night Out, for City residents at local businesses.
In a continued effort to be open, efficient and effective, these meetings give Tuscaloosa residents an opportunity to discuss plans, ideas and concerns directly with the mayor. These come-and-go meetings will not include presentations.
The City of Tuscaloosa’s floodplain management planning committee will hold an informal public meeting on Tuesday, March 1 at 5 p.m. in the City Hall Council Chambers to discuss the floodplain management plan.
The goal of this meeting is to allow interested citizens, especially those subjected to flooding or living in the floodplain, to provide feedback on the floodplain management plan. Copies of the plan will be available for review and public comments will be accepted.
Tuscaloosa Mayor Walt Maddox continues his restructuring plan at City Hall. On Friday, Maddox announced that two longtime City employees will assume new positions.
Mayor Maddox has appointed Brendan Moore as the executive director of urban development and Tera Tubbs as the executive director of infrastructure and public services. Both will begin work in their new jobs on Monday, Feb. 15.
“Tera and Brendan are proven leaders for the City of Tuscaloosa,” Maddox said. “With their energy and expertise, they will help guide us in becoming the most innovative and effectively-managed city in the United States.”