Share Your Magic City Recovery Project Ideas

A few weeks ago, Mayor Woodfin joined Rep. Terri Sewell to announce more than $140 million in federal relief to the City of Birmingham as part of the American Rescue Plan (ARP). Half will be deposited now and the remaining half in about a year. We want to hear your ideas for how this once-in-a-generation investment can transform our city. Visit birminghamal.gov/recovery for updates and to share your project ideas for an equitable Magic City Recovery. On Monday, May 10th, the U.S. Department of Treasury announced their initial rules for how the City can spend these fiscal relief dollars. We are still reviewing this Treasury guidance to better understand allowable uses. We expect further amendments to the rules in the coming weeks and months, but we know we can spend the dollars in the following broad categories:

  1. Supporting the public health response

  2. Addressing the negative economic impacts caused by the public health emergency

  3. Serving the hardest-hit communities and families

  4. Replacing lost public sector revenue

  5. Providing premium pay for essential workers

  6. Investing in water and sewer infrastructure

  7. Investing in broadband infrastructure

The City’s priorities for these dollars are clear: seeing us through the COVID-19 health crisis, getting our workers and students back on their feet, doubling down on our commitments to neighborhood revitalization and small and Black-owned businesses, and partnering with the community on creative solutions to pressing challenges like public safety. We want to hear from you how these dollars can impact your work, your neighborhood, and your family. Please share widely with your network. Submit your ideas by June 30 at 5pm CT. Ideas related to urgent COVID public health response will be prioritized for consideration on a rolling basis. Partners and changer makers like you are what makes our City thrive. We appreciate all you do, and your commitment to the City. We look forward to reviewing your ideas.