May 19, 2020 – The City Council voted to approve the funding mechanism for Restart Tuscaloosa, making the plan fully approved.
May 12, 2020 – The City Council voted to approve the resolution in support of the Restart Tuscaloosa plan. The funding mechanism for the plan was tabled and will be voted on during the May 19 Council meeting.
April 28, 2020 – Mayor Walt Maddox presented the Restart Tuscaloosa plan to the City Council during the 4 p.m. work session. The council will hold work sessions on May 4, 5, and 11 to discuss the plan, and will vote on the plan during the City Council meeting on May 12.
Restart Tuscaloosa is an Elevate Tuscaloosa initiative to invest $15 million in public safety, neighborhoods, small businesses, experiences and local agencies. The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted the economy on an international scale, and every local municipality in the U.S. will feel this impact for years to come. Restart Tuscaloosa will work as a catalyst to jumpstart Tuscaloosa’s economy by setting a strong foundation for Tuscaloosa businesses and residents in the wake of this international pandemic.
Invest $4 million into the City’s police and fire departments for the purchase of equipment, vehicles and technology to ensure the safety of our neighborhoods and community during these new and unprecedented challenges.
Invest $7 million in streets, sidewalks, curbs and gutters to keep Tuscaloosa neighborhoods in top shape for the safety of our citizens.
Invest $1 million in the Chamber’s Small Business Relief Fund to help small businesses in the City recover from the economic strain of COVID-19. These funds will be disbursed no later than the end of 2020, and concentrated on small businesses that do not qualify for Federal aid programs.
Invest $3 million to bolster restaurants, hotels and jobs by expanding Tuscaloosa’s experience economy. More live music, events, festivals and sports will enhance life for Tuscaloosa residents, and draw visitors to the City.
Accept and invest a $484,268 federal Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Grant in local agencies that have worked to prevent, prepare for, or respond to the COVID-19 crisis.