5 major takeaways from Mayor Woodfin’s State of the City address

Birmingham City Hall at Sunset 2021
Birmingham City Hall. (Pat Byington / Bham Now)

Today the Kiwanis Club of Birmingham hosted the State of the City Address with Mayor Randall Woodfin. We had an opportunity to attend virtually. Keep reading to find out what Birmingham’s plans for 2022 are.

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Mayor Woodfin at the meeting. (Summer Guffey / Bham Now)

“We all face the same issues. [The city] talks about them so we all can collectively solve them as a unit. We’ve done a lot in 2020—as well as 2021—but there is more to do in in 2022. We’ll continue to go after low hanging fruit to bring us together.”

Mayor Woodfin

1. Economic Growth

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What growth have you seen in Birmingham? (Bham Now)

Some good news. Mayor Woodfin said today that the influx of federal resources—through the pandemic relief packages—has helped Birmingham’s finances.

Progress has been made in solving pension funds and the credit has improved.

Another huge benefit for solving our budget issue is from revenue made through tourism. Check out some of the things he said have helped boost Birmingham’s economy:

2. Neighborhood Revitalization

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Newly restored A.G. Gaston sign. Photo via the City of Birmingham

Woodfin stated that the money made from Birmingham’s attractions like the Squadrons and Protective Stadium feeds directly into neighborhood revitalization efforts.

He added that this past year the city invested $14 million into restoring our infrastructure. Some examples include:

The mayor described that another effort to help our neighborhoods has been investing in the Birmingham Xpress BRT Project, which connects 25 neighborhoods with reliable and efficient transportation. It’s the only one like it in the entire southeast, added Woodfin.

3. Birmingham Promise

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Mayor Woodfin introduced the Birmingham Promise in 2019. Photo via @randallwoodfin on Twitter.

As we all know, the Birmingham Promise is one of Woodfin’s cornerstone projects. He’s called it a “game-changer” for students here in the city. Thanks to Bloomberg Philanthropies, this competitive program brought $1.8 million to our city.

Birmingham Promise initiative provides tuition assistance for Birmingham City School grads attending public colleges in Alabama. It also has an internship and apprenticeship program where high school seniors can gain work experience while earning money and academic credit.

Here is what the program has accomplished:

  • 800 BCS students recieved tuttion or coaching
  • 250 gained apprentice experience
  • $1.7 million wents towards tuition

4. Investing in New Developments

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Ensley High School has a huge plan. (Pat Byington / Bham Now)

Woodfin highlighted a number of new developments.

This is just a taste of what’s coming to the city—check out what developments Bham Now is excited about this year.

5. Make Hope Tangible

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What do you look forward to for the city in 2022? (Matthew Niblett / Bham Now)

Woodfin concluded that he wants to invest in the future, reimagine public safety and renew our commitment to the infrastructure.

To sum it up, Mayor Woodfin wants to make Birmingham a city where you can grow a small business and live comfortably in our historic neighborhoods.

For more info about the city, visit their website and Facebook to stay updated.

What are your thoughts on the State of the City Address? Let us know by tagging us @bhamnow.

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Summer Guffey

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