Recently, members of Alabama's business community including the Business Council of Alabama, Chamber of Commerce Association of Alabama as well as local chambers of commerce, industry associations and community organizations have been working together to communicate the need for fixing Alabama's transportation infrastructure network. One result of this work is the creation of the Alliance for Alabama's Infrastructure (AAI).
AAI is a grassroots advocacy coalition that promotes financially-responsible investment in Alabama's roads and infrastructure. The Alliance monitors the needs of Alabama's transportation network, communicates those needs to the public and identifies opportunities to make immediate, critical improvements. By repairing and maintaining existing roads and committing to new priority projects, the Alliance aims to protect Alabama's citizens, generate economic growth and improve quality of life.
We are writing to request that your organization sign on to be a member of our coalition. There are strength in numbers and this is an important economic development issue that effects every part of Alabama. Please indicate your willingness to list your organization as part of the Alliance for Alabama's Infrastructure by replying to this email.
The links below will provide additional information about AAI and the principles we support.
Additionally, the Permanent Joint Transportation Committee has scheduled five regional meetings across the state to hear from local community leaders and citizens about their infrastructure needs. The first meeting was held on January 7 in Northport and was hosted by the Chamber of Commerce of West Alabama. Aschedule of the future meetings is below.*
Tuesday, January 19
3727 Highway 119
Montevallo, AL 35115
Hosted by the Greater Shelby County Chamber of Commerce
Tuesday, January 26
3101 Airport Blvd
(2nd Floor Ballroom)
Hosted by the Mobile Area Chamber of Commerce
Thursday, January 28
Dothan Area Chamber of Commerce
103 Jamestown Blvd
Hosted by the Dothan Area Chamber of Commerce
Monday, February 1
Hosted by the Decatur/Morgan County Chamber of Commerce
(This meeting was originally scheduled for Jan. 21 in Huntsville but has been rescheduled)
*all meetings will be held from 10am until Noon
We encourage you to participate in these meetings and ask you to encourage members of your community to speak at these hearings to express to the Alabama Legislature the critical need to fix our state's infrastructure. Thank you for your consideration of joining this important coalition.
Jim Page, IOM, CCE
President & CEO
Chamber of Commerce of West Alabama
Spokesperson, Alliance for Alabama's Infrastructure
William J. Canary President and CEO
Business Council of Alabama