Updated Apr 21 2021
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.
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.
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.
A total of $4 million will be invested into equipment, vehicles, and cyber technology to ensure the safety of our community.
Though most existing Elevate projects and initiatives will continue to progress with minimal impact, the Mayor has recommended changes to some timelines. The status of each project has been assigned a green, yellow, or red light at this time. Green light projects will move ahead as planned with little or no delay. Yellow light projects will proceed with their study phase. Red light projects will pause.
See the project status document presented by the Mayor to the City Council on April 28.
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
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
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