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The Birmingham Section started 2015 with a political reception at the Murray Building Co. jobsite at the old Merita Bread Bakery. More than 150 members were in attendance with city and state officials. Everyone enjoyed a tour of the site as well as barbecue from Joe McNabb and Hendrix Chevrolet.

Sign on as an AAI Coalition Partner

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.

What Is AAI?

AAI Principles

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                  
Montevallo, AL
American Village
3727 Highway 119
Montevallo, AL 35115
Hosted by the Greater Shelby County Chamber of Commerce

Tuesday, January 26                   
Mobile, AL
Mobile Marriott
3101 Airport Blvd
Mobile, AL36606
(2nd Floor Ballroom)
Hosted by the Mobile Area Chamber of Commerce

Thursday, January 28                 
Dothan, AL
Dothan Area Chamber of Commerce
103 Jamestown Blvd
Dothan, AL36301
Hosted by the Dothan Area Chamber of Commerce

Monday, February 1
Decatur, AL
Location TBA
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.

Sincerely,   

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