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Mayor's Minute: Alabama League of Municipalities Convention Returns to Tuscaloosa

12 May 2015

Dear friends and neighbors,

 

The month of May will make history for the City of Tuscaloosa. For the first time since 1964, the Alabama League of Municipalities will have its annual convention here in Tuscaloosa.

 

Our City will be added to the Alabama League of Municipalities’ annual meeting rotation. This annual conference normally takes place in Huntsville, Birmingham, Montgomery and Mobile; however, this year, Tuscaloosa will have the honor of hosting more than 1,000 visitors May 16-19, renewing a tradition.

 

The convention is days away, and we expect to have a record number of people attend, including elected officials and leaders from all over the state of Alabama.

 

As City staff started to plan this convention over a year ago, we realized how important it is to have a space that can accommodate a convention of this size, not only for the League, but also for other businesses and industries that want to hold their conventions here but haven’t been able to because of inadequate meeting space size.

 

With that being said, the City and University of Alabama are working to expand the Bryant Conference Center. The City of Tuscaloosa has initiated a funding agreement with UA and will be investing $2 million for the 24,000 square feet expansion. The project is currently in the design process, and construction is scheduled to start the summer of 2017.

 

This expansion is a great opportunity. Hosting the Alabama League of Municipalities conference will be a major success for our hospitality industry and will show visitors all of what Tuscaloosa has to offer.

 

We’re excited to showcase Tuscaloosa to our great state and know that all visitors will be impressed.

 

Sincerely,

Walter Maddox

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