The Huntsville Committee of 100 was formed in 1995 by a small group of small business leaders with a sincere interest in the progress of Huntsville. They wanted to form a business organization that was active in local political issues, primarily:
In addition to growing the membership, the founding leaders identified two focus areas for the Committee of 100 – economic development and public education – and began developing and financially supporting key strategic projects in each. They also formed a political action arm called BizPac to contribute funds to candidates for Huntsville Mayor, City Council and Board of Education; Madison Mayor and City Council; and the Madison County Commission.
Members pay $100 per month with half going to the Committee of 100 and half to BizPac. In October 1996, a part-time Executive Director was hired to perform administrative, networking and lobbying duties for both organizations.
The Committee of 100 now has 190 members, all CEOs and professionals. Membership meetings are held quarterly, usually in February, May, August and November. Members also meet in task forces formed to develop solutions to key issues, and meet regularly with local elected leaders to foster two-way communication.