Citizen-led committees to focus on education, workforce, economic development, and entrepreneurship were announced today by Mayor-elect Randall Woodfin. These committees, along with three other committees announced last week, will focus on the strategic priorities of the Woodfin Administration which will begin on November 28.
“We have lofty goals for Birmingham. That requires support and leadership from people with the experience, vision and dedication to think big but also put those big thoughts into action. To reach those goals we have tapped many of the best and brightest Alabama has to offer to join our effort. These diverse men and women have helped lead our state’s most successful companies and efforts and now they have been kind enough to bring that experience to our hometown to make Birmingham the best it can be,” Woodin said.
“No issue is more important to me personally or to Birmingham’s future than education and workforce development. If our people have a solid education and skills they will get a good job, provide for their families, help build up their neighborhoods and be part of our team to transform Birmingham. This requires a serious commitment. It must be a priority that is non-negotiable and it will be under the Woodfin Administration.”
Education and Workforce Development. Co-Chairs are Dr. Perry Ward, President of Lawson State Community College and former AT&T President Fred McCallum. This committee will develop plans to align and expand our education and workforce programs to ensure that we are preparing our young people with the skills and education they need for the high-wage, high-demand jobs of the future. Co-Chairs and their citizen-led committee will work with Pre-K, K-12, local community colleges and universities, state government agencies, and the business community.
Economic Development and Entrepreneurship. Co-Chairs are Executive Vice President of Renasant Bank Tracey Morant Adams and Josh Carpenter who is Director of External Affairs at UAB. This committee will work with economic development and business leaders in Birmingham and Montgomery to understand all efforts to recruit and expand industry and jobs. Under their leadership, economic development will become a department under the new administration so that the city is more engaged in all opportunities to create new jobs. The committee will also partner with Innovation Depot and other leading groups to support opportunity for budding innovators by making Birmingham an “entrepreneurial hub” for the Southeast.
These two new committees will join citizen-led committees announced last week including:
Neighborhood Revitalization and Public Safety. Co-Chairs are Herschell Hamilton and Detective Ralph Patterson. This committee will focus on blight, affordable housing, public safety, small business development, and transportation.
Social Justice. Co-Chairs are Dr. Nancy Dunlap and Richard Rice. This committee will focus on expanding access to quality healthcare, addressing poverty, human and civil rights, environmental concerns, homelessness, equality, and other issues that plague not only Birmingham but other large cities around the country.
Transparency and Efficient Government. Co-Chairs are Daniel Coleman and Annie Allen. This committee will lead the implementation of Operation Restore Trust to increase transparency and accountability at City Hall. The committee will also lead the effort to reform our city regulations and processes to make sure Birmingham is open for business expansion – both large and small.
Committees will be formed and begin work before November 28. The process for each committee will be three-fold:
Evaluate current city services within their area.
Identify world-class best practices and opportunities for the city.
Develop accountability and budget metrics to help achieve success.
“We could not be prouder that these men and women have agreed to give of their time and expertise to join our efforts to transform Birmingham from the ground up. All efforts will focus on our city and region as a whole, but they must also bring real, substantial improvements to all 99 neighborhoods throughout our city.”
“It is important to note while our five committees are being led by ten of our outstanding citizens, we will also involve dozens of other citizens and leaders to be part of these committees and add their expertise and dedication to developing and implementing our plans for real progress. We encourage any citizen who would like to be involved in the transition process to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org,” Woodfin said.
Transition efforts are being led by former Marine Commandant and Birmingham Southern College President Charles Krulak and retired Birmingham Corporate Executive Bobbie Knight.
For more information about Woodfin strategic objectives or complete Co-Chair bios please go to www.randallwoodfin.com.