Major Accomplishments

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Committee of 100 Mission Statement: To serve as a catalyst in stimulating Huntsville-area economic development by working with community partners to develop cooperative solutions.

  • BRAC — Formed and funded first BRAC Committee; Funded additional defense business recruitment data development, Funded a research study by the University of Alabama on state economic impact.
  • Retail development incentives – Worked with Huntsville Mayor and staff to develop a retail incentives package (TIFs; Funded retail development training for city staff; Supported six TIFs.
  • Downtown development – Sponsored a community leaders trip to Chattanooga in 2000 and funded the development of Big Spring Partners, a public/private downtown development entity; Provided $60,000 in funding for operations the first two years; Funded a followup trip to Chattanooga in 2009; Funded the first gateway to downtown Madison; Contracted to provide administrative support in founding Downtown Huntsville, Inc.; Worked to designate Arts & Entertainment Districts and funded outdoor entertainment.
  • Young Professional Workforce Plan – Spearheaded the development and implementation of a strategic plan to recruit and retain young professionals; Jointly funded with the Arts Council and Chamber of Commerce; Provided additional funding to Leadership Huntsville to develop national marketing plan.
  • Sustainability – Funded a Green Cities Summit in 2009.
  • Public Education – Funded academic/leadership programs for high-risk youth, Huntsville City Schools Strategic Plan, property tax referendums supporting school systems in Huntsville and Madison County, development of a marketing program in Huntsville City Schools, and professional development workshops for teachers; Formed Business/Education Coalition; Worked for a countywide sales tax increase for public education; Supported a consolidation plan for Huntsville City Schools; Supported the hiring of Dr. Ed Richardson for financial turn-around of Huntsville system in 2011; Supported the hiring of Casey Wardynski as new superintendent in 2011; Funded statewide poll on Common Core standards.
  • Technical Education/Workforce – Funded development of a Technical Education Plan by PARCA to improve K-12 programs that support four critical workforce needs – advanced manufacturing, construction, healthcare and hospitality; Implementation has included a trip for educators and business leaders to a Construction Academy in Chattanooga, development of construction courses and planned academies in other curriculums, and funding for professional development in all three school systems; Funded 7th Grade Career Day in 2010 and 2011;  Funded workforce development tools for the Madison Library.
  • Shared Services – Studied opportunities for local government shared services in sanitation, water and planning; Sponsored series of events on metro land use planning, including forums for local government planners and elected leaders.
  • Young Professional Initiative – Formed a young professional organization now totaling 50 members to train in political leadership.
  • Candidate Recruitment, Interviews and Support – Recruited, interviewed and supported candidates for Huntsville Mayor, City Council and School Board; Madison Mayor and City Council; and Madison County Commission and School Superintendent.
  • Political Training Institute – Organized 9 programs to attract and train current and future progressive political candidates in conducting a successful political campaign and created an Advanced Political Institute in 2014 for current elected officials and graduates of the original program.
  • Rock the Vote in 2008, 2010, 2012, and 2014
  • Huntsville/Madison Mayoral Debate in 2008 and 2012.
  • State Issues – Worked with county legislative delegation, local elected leaders and school superintendents to pass BRAC Education bills, teacher tenure reform bills, entertainment district legislation, and prevent elimination of Common Core academic standards.


Runoff elections for Huntsville City Council District 1 and Madison City Council Districts 1 and 7 will be on Tues., Oct. 4.

Contact Details

228 Holmes Avenue NE, Suite 207
Huntsville, AL 35801

P.O. Box 18864
Huntsville, AL 35804

Carol Madry Bell, Executive Director
(256) 651-8712

Leah Hess, Manager, PR & YP Programs
(256) 203-3987

Sarah Oglesby, Manager, Finance and Membership
(256) 665-5704

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