The City of Tuscaloosa is hoping to showcase the arts throughout the downtown community with the help of a newly formed Public Art Committee.
The City Council recently passed a proposal for the committee and guidelines for the usage of public art. According to the proposal, the committee will manage the “selection, placement, maintenance, relocation, and deaccessioning” of public art in Tuscaloosa. The committee will have eight representatives from the arts community, business community, and the City of Tuscaloosa.
Mayor Walt Maddox has appointed the City’s current internal auditor, Carly Standridge to replace Mark Fields as city clerk, effective March 1.
A “Meet Your Legislators Night” highlighting proposed actions of the 2019 legislative session is planned for Feb. 4, and is sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Greater Tuscaloosa. Co-sponsors are the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) and the University of Alabama Retirees Association (TUARA).
Mayor Walt Maddox has appointed Susan Snowden as chief financial officer, which went into effect Dec. 15.
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of Tuscaloosa is looking for community members to participate in Framework, a city-wide initiative to update the city’s outdated Comprehensive Plan and zoning and development regulations.