The city of Tuscaloosa marked its 199th birthday on Thursday, Dec. 13. To mark the date, the gazebo at Government Plaza was officially named Bicentennial Square. A host of officials were on hand for the dedication, including Mayor Walt Maddox, Tuscaloosa 200 co-chairs Tim Parker, Jr., Cathy Randall, and City Councilman Harrison Taylor, and City Council President Cynthia Almond.

Governor Kay Ivey has reappointed Jim Page, President and CEO of the Chamber of Commerce of West Alabama, to the Board of Directors of the Alabama Partnership for Children.

The Tuscaloosa City Council recently voted to make the city’s Downtown Entertainment District a part of every weekend, instead of it only being in effect on a limited basis. 

The Tuscaloosa County Industrial Development Authority (TCIDA) approved a package of tax abatements for four different projects, including Mercedes‐Benz’s latest expansion into the production of electric Sports Utility Vehicles, for a total of more than $586 million in capital investments over the coming years according to Jo Bonner, TCIDA interim executive director.

The City of Tuscaloosa is looking for community members to participate in Framework, a city-wide initiative to update the city’s outdated Comprehensive Plan and zoning and development regulations. 

The City of Tuscaloosa will allow citizens to bring their municipal court cases up to date without fear of arrest, jail time or additional fees. The amnesty program will take place 8:30 a.m. to noon Fridays in October, November and December.

Seven of the area’s most distinguished residents were honored by being inducted into the Tuscaloosa County Civic Hall of Fame on Sept. 20. The 2018 Tuscaloosa County Civic Hall of Fame inductees are (L to R): Jimmy Bank, son of Bert Bank, Harrison Taylor, Jordan Plaster, Yvonne Thomas Wells, Gene “Poodgie” Poole, Ken W. Swindle, and Dr. Malcolm Portera. Each was honored for contributing their unique talents and vision to bettering the Tuscaloosa community in some way.   

The Tuscaloosa County Civic Hall of Fame was born during The Chamber of Commerce of West Alabama’s 100th anniversary year in 2000. With this year’s class, 116 citizens have been honored as members of the Hall of Fame. Inductees names will be added to the Civic Hall of Fame monument in Government Plaza.

A forum to introduce the candidates for the Tuscaloosa County Probate Judge, Tuscaloosa County Tax Assessor, and Tuscaloosa County Circuit Clerk will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 2.

Tuscaloosa Mayor Walt Maddox presented his recommendation for the Fiscal Year 2019 operating budgets at Tuesday night's City Council meeting. The budgets comprise the general fund and the water and sewer fund.

To engage citizens in the budget planning process, the City of Tuscaloosa invites community members to share their priorities online at Tuscaloosa.com/towardtomorrow.

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