Urban Planning & Development
Develop a master plan for:
Strategic land use
Visionary economic development
Infrastructure planning (growth & maintenance)
Sound fiscal policy
Set vision for when, where, and how we grow as a city
Identify potential saturation points for growth and establish growth management restriction guidelines
Build coalition with citizens, surrounding municipalities/counties, and vested stakeholders
Business & Economic Development
Improve infrastructure and create smart plans that won’t waste taxpayer dollars
Recruit to build a more diversified and robust industrial park while working to diversify industries as a whole.
Increase cooperation with surrounding municipalities, the EDA, and the West Alabama Chamber to help accomplish this goal!
Recruit new jobs and industries while making sure we incentivize our small businesses to grow, expand and modernize!
Build a research park with a focus on knowledge-based companies and smart technology
Promote workforce academies that work with chamber, existing businesses, local schools, and colleges to build a larger, qualified, and diverse workforce
Build a “more robust” transit system to help with emissions and help expand the field of employment opportunity and senior citizens with quality-of-life issues (doctor appointments, errands, and prescription pickups)
Prioritize open and honest communication with the public and businesses
Work with school board and administration to eliminate failing schools
Work to become a top-five school district
Support and foster college and career/vocational ready graduates
Produce more workforce-ready graduates
Safe & Secure Community
Implement and execute Operation Safe City
Rebuild relationships and trust between citizens and all public servants
Continue to support, honor, train, and resource for 2021 and beyond
Meet regularly with a cross-section coalition of municipalities, law enforcement, community leaders, and vested stakeholders
Foster a private-public partnership between police and local businesses to help improve safety, decrease calls, and potentially lower the budget
Enhance first responders’ ability to handle increased mental health calls
Address the funding shortfall and concerns with the police/firefighters’ pension, so they can focus on protecting and serving versus whether their retirement will be funded
Transparency & Accountability
Seeing that everyone will have a seat at the table if they want it
Restoring the appropriate balance of power between the mayor and city council
Having a weekly interactive meeting via the internet (Facebook, possibly others)-- Morning Manna with The Mayor--where the public can see and hear Mayor Martin Houston discussing our city and taking questions from our citizens
Additional City-wide Initiatives
Engage, educate, equip and empower our youth in physical, mental, and social activities, including sports, arts, educational (STEM-science, technology, engineering mathematics) tutoring, and more.
Teach the financial disciplines of budgeting, how to use credit, debt management, savings, etc.
Help increase housing inventory and access while removing the barriers to homeownership through merit-based incentive programs (for example a private-public funded down-payment program)
My pledge to you is that, as your Mayor, I will work with every one of you to create the great city of Tuscaloosa we all demand and deserve!