Major Accomplishments

BRAC

  • Formed 1st BRAC Committee with regional leadership and funding.
  • Hired consultant to produce economic impact data.
  • Developed concept for Generals’ homes.
  • Transferred management to Chamber.

Retail Development Incentives

  • Commissioned PARCA Study on best practices in retail incentives resulting in TIF Plans.
  • Supported national retail marketing by Chamber and City of Huntsville.
  • Encouraged city, county elected leader support of TIF plans.
  • 8 TIFs have produced new and revitalized retail and new schools.

Downtown Development

  • Community leader trip to Chattanooga
  • Hired River City attorney to form Big Spring Partners
  • Contracted with Big Spring Partners to form Downtown Huntsville, Inc.
  • Raised $1.4 million in 3-year pledges and hired experienced CEO

Young Professionals Workforce Plan

  • Partnered with Arts Council and Chamber of Commerce on plan to recruit/retain YPs
  • Hired Carol Coletta of Memphis to produce Huntsville Talent Magnet Report
  • Developed HYP partnership
  • Formed YP Workforce Coalition
  • Formed Committee of 100 YP
  • 10 years later UA Huntsville study showed 15% increase, reversing 10% decline

Career Workforce Education

  • PARCA Study on Best Practices
  • Educators trip to Chattanooga
  • Formed Business/Education Coalition
  • Career Academies in all 3 school systems

Political Leadership Focus on Local Races

  • Huntsville & Madison Mayor
  • Huntsville & Madison City Council
  • Huntsville Board of Education
  • Madison County Commission
  • Madison County Board of Education
  • Madison County Superintendent