Restart Tuscaloosa

Updated Feb 26 2021

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Neighborhoods - street repaving

  • Construction has begun on the 2020-2021 projects (access a list below)


Restart Tuscaloosa is an initiative to invest $15 million through 2022 into public safety, neighborhoods, small businesses, the experience economy, and local agencies. Restart Tuscaloosa works as a catalyst to jumpstart Tuscaloosa’s economy in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic by setting a strong foundation for Tuscaloosa businesses and residents.

Small Business

Elevate Economy helped local businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic by investing $1 million with the West Alabama Chamber of Commerce’s Small Business Relief Fund.  

A second round of up to $400,000 of funding was provided to assist lounge establishments impacted by closures.  This funding was distributed to businesses through the city's Lounge Assistance Program.


Based on analysis of existing road conditions and City Council input, 66 local roads, sidewalks, and drainage projects have been identified to receive $7 million of improvements over two years to keep Tuscaloosa neighborhoods in excellent condition.

Experience Economy

A total of $2.6 million will be invested into tourism and sports to expand Tuscaloosa’s experience economy. Expect more live music, events, festivals, and sports that will enhance life for Tuscaloosa residents and draw visitors here.

Public Safety

A total of $4 million will be invested into equipment, vehicles, and cyber technology to ensure the safety of our community.

Goals and Impact
  • Infuse direct financial support into local businesses affected by the COVID-19 pandemic

  • Provide an economic stimulus for the community by investing in key areas outlined above

  • Keep the city's public safety assets updated and modern during the pandemic and in its aftermath


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Key Milestones & Events

Small Business 

  • A $1 million funding investment was approved on May 12, 2020 and final funding was distributed on August 14, 2020.  Download the report on the West Alabama Chamber of Commerce’s Small Business Relief Fund.

  • On September 15, 2020, assistance of up to $400,000 was approved through the city's Lounge Assistance Program.  Download the report.

Neighborhoods - street repaving projects

  • Bids were opened on September 23, 2020 (view documents here)

  • The contract was awarded on September 29, 2020 to ST Bunn Construction

  • Review the list of projects in the 2020-2021 street repaving plan.  Construction on these is scheduled to begin in early November 2020.


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