Mayors of state’s largest cities retreat to share ideas, discuss issues

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A group of Alabama mayors are enjoying a two-day retreat in Clarke County this week as part of a series of meetings to “share ideas and discuss best practices from their respective administrations,” according to a news release from Montgomery Mayor Todd Strange‘s office.

Representing four of Alabama’s five largest cities, the participants include Strange, Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle, Tuscaloosa Mayor Walt Maddox, and Mobile Mayor Sandy Stimpson, who is hosting the event at his family’s hunting camp.

Birmingham Mayor William Bell was unable to attend.

The focus has been on “economic development, education and legislative proposals expected to debated” in the upcoming Legislative Session which begins Feb. 2.

The mayors have shared their legislative priorities for the upcoming session and discussed plans for an unprecedented visit by the group to the state Capitol next month.

We meet because we are all concerned about the future of Alabama,” Strange said in the news release. “This is an important time for our state. As mayors, we are in a unique position to cut through the rhetoric and bring forward real solutions.”

“We come from different places and we all have very different backgrounds, but we’re able to come together on behalf of our constituents,” the release quoted Maddox as saying. “There’s a lot our legislators (can) learn from that example. One thing we all know is that you can’t solve new problems with old solutions.”   

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