Tag: Jefferson County Commission

Commissioners Grant Tax Break to Keep Distribution Center in JeffCo

In an effort to keep a longtime business in the county, the Jefferson County Commission agreed to reimburse Red Mountain Distributing for 60% of the 1-cent sales tax the company pays to the county.

Red Mountain, which does business as Ashley Furniture, has outgrown its warehouse in Bessemer. That warehouse serves four stores in the northern half of Alabama. Read more.

The Long View: Coca-Cola CEO Discusses New Project as JeffCo OKs $2M Investment

Mike Suco said Coca-Cola United looks well beyond the present when it looks into the future.

“We are a company that thinks not in a year or two or three years,” the president and CEO told the Jefferson County Commission on Thursday. “We think in 50-year increments.”

The Jefferson County Commission invested $2 million in that long-term vision for an estimated $330 million, multifaceted Coca-Cola Bottling Company United headquarters that is expected to create as many as 50 new jobs and retain more than 750 jobs. Read more.

JeffCo Considering $2M for New Coca-Cola Development

Jefferson County during its meeting Thursday will consider being part of an economic development project that will create a new gateway in and out of Birmingham.

Representatives of Coca-Cola Bottling Company United asked the commission for an economic incentive package of $2 million as the company looks to relocate from its longtime home north of Birmingham Shuttlesworth International Airport to the former Stockham Valves and Fittings location in Birmingham’s Kingston Neighborhood. Read more.

JeffCo Allots $90,000 for Displays Highlighting History of Bham Barons

The Jefferson County Commission voted Thursday to play ball with a baseball historian, approving $90,000 for displays at Regions Field that will commemorate former members of the Birmingham Barons.

Kenneth Cunningham, deputy director of the Negro Southern League Museum, said the project will produce walk-around exhibits at the ballpark the Barons currently call home.

“When visitors attend games, we’re going to have displays along the concourse,” he said. Read more.

Missed Garbage Pickup Is No Joke for Frustrated Residents

Joe Knight demonstrated Tuesday that he can deliver a punchline.

County Commission President Jimmie Stephens told his fellow commissioners during Tuesday’s committee meeting that former Commissioner David Carrington called Sunday to say his garbage had not been collected.

“That was intentional,” Knight quipped as the room erupted in laughter.

But missed garbage pickup is no laughing matter for commissioners and others who are fielding countless complaint calls, not to mention the people making those calls. Read more.

DA Raises Prosecutors’ Salaries to Retain Staff

District Attorney Danny Carr told the Jefferson County Commission on Thursday that he is adjusting the salaries of his deputy district attorneys to help hold onto his veteran crew of prosecutors.

“It’s hard to keep a good lawyer who sees what we see every day, who takes home what we take home every day and does what we have to do under the most strenuous circumstances, in all honesty, making $50,000-something a year,” Carr said. Read more.

Jefferson Commission Cuts Time It Takes to Help Cities with Storm Debris

The Jefferson County Commission on Thursday voted to reduce the time it may take for a municipality to be approved to receive assistance in debris removal in a disaster. It also approved funding for two organizations to help small businesses and delayed voting on a grant request for Midfield’s Senior Center. Read more.

Two Economic Development Agencies Set to Get $100,000 Apiece From JeffCo

The Jefferson County Commission on Thursday is set to provide $200,000 to a pair of organizations to bolster small businesses in the county.

Central Alabama Redevelopment Alliance and Hispanic Interest Coalition of Alabama each is in line for $100,000 to aid with innovation, economic development and building a strong workforce to support the growth and development of Jefferson County. Read more.

Commission OKs Incentive for World Police and Fire Games, Prez Says Don’t Let World Games Problems Deter Investment

Jefferson County can’t let the issues that followed The World Games keep the county from being involved with other economy-impacting events, Jefferson County Commission President Jimmie Stephens said Thursday.

During the County Commission’s meeting, commissioners supported a piece of legislation that exempted the World Police and Fire Games, which are slated for Birmingham in 2025, from taxes. Read more.