Thanks to Community Foundation donors and other enthusiastic public, private and nonprofit partners, the City of Birmingham has a new opportunity to bring significant federal dollars to our community. If you are part of that effort, you can be proud of the commitment of $1 million from private sector sources, including $385,000 from the Community Foundation as of March 15.
The deadline to show support is March 19, so time is short if you want to join with your own pledge and increase private sector matching support and our chances for the grant request to succeed.
What will our community gain from this important investment? If we can leverage a potential $23 million in a TIGER IV grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation, we can build the first 33 miles of the Red Rock Ridge & Valley Trail System. This project will include complete streets (geared for bicycles and pedestrians, as well as cars) that connect Pratt City, Railroad Park, Sloss Furnaces, the Civil Rights District, and the new Multimodal Transportation Facility downtown. Also included are connections from downtown Birmingham and Homewood to Red Mountain Park via bicycle-pedestrian corridors along Valley Creek and Shades Creek.
Birmingham is ready to make a major change in its multimodal transportation infrastructure, with many partners already on board. When we look at the Results we all are working toward — from vibrant communities to healthy lives — we see potential for true transformation with such an investment.
Local support is vital as a way to show federal officials how much our community cares about these important projects. Contact Lora Terry today if you want to join this important effort or learn more about future opportunities to leverage your giving to achieve important Results.