As a part of the Southern Rail Commission's ongoing effort to support and empower elected officials and community leaders, William McFarland, Jr. of the Southern Rail Commission joined more than 1,000 municipal officials, clerks, administrators and guests in Tuscaloosa May 16-19 for the 80th Annual Convention of the Alabama League of Municipalities.
“It was an honor to represent the Southern Rail Commission at the annual Alabama League of Municipalities Annual Convention in Tuscaloosa. This event brought well over 1,000 municipal elected officials, city managers, and other stakeholders together, and this venue afforded the convention Delegates with the opportunity to connect with the Southern Rail Commission and learn about our important work.”
Officials convened for a special Resolutions Committee meeting where delegates were presented with reports and policy recommendations for the League's five policy committees:
• Finance, Administration and Intergovernmental Relations
• Energy, Environment and Natural Resources
• Transportation, Public Safety and Communication
• Human Development
• Community and Economic Development
Alabama Governor Robert Bentley addressed the group as well as Southside Mayor Wall Burns — the current President of the League.
The Alabama League of Municipalities was organized in 1935 and has served since that time as the recognized voice of the cities and towns in Alabama. Representing 452 member municipalities, the League works to secure enactment of legislation enabling all cities and towns to perform their functions more efficiently and effectively; offers specialized training for both municipal officials and employees; holds conferences and meetings at which views and experiences of officials may be exchanged; and conducts continuing studies of the legislative, administrative and operational needs, problems and functions of Alabama's municipal governments.