Bessemer Mayor Kenneth E. Gulley presented the state of the city address at the Bessemer Civic Center on Jan. 26, highlighting economic growth and reductions in crime during his speech.
Gulley said the city of 27,000 continues to see a surge of business growth.
Milo’s Tea announced plans for a $13 million expansion last year. J.B. Processing, a new company, announced it was preparing to start a $35 million expansion of the Masonry Arts Facility on Third Avenue North and 21st Street in Bessemer.
The city welcomed Steyr Arms and new ownership at Alabama Splash Adventure in 2014.
Gulley said the growth in business and industry is bringing jobs to the city .
The mayor added that Bessemer’s recent string of business growth and announcements is far from ending.
“We continue to hear from business interest eyeing Bessemer as a place to locate,” Gulley said. “And we believe more interest will come because of our aggressive recruitment and our unique location and what we have to offer.”
Two of the city’s large municipal projects are progressing, Gulley said. The new 55,000-square foot Recreational facility is currently under construction. The $13 million project is expected to be completed in Spring 2016.
Construction on a new City Hall building is expected to start this spring.
“Bessemer is thriving,” he said. “Good things are happening here and our future is truly bright.”
Gulley highlighted a continued drop in Bessemer’s crime rate. The city saw a five percent drop in its crime rate in 2014. It marks the fourth consecutive year the city saw a drop in its crime rate. Overall, crime is down 30 percent since 2011.
Gulley said there were fewer homicides, burglaries and vehicle thefts in Bessemer compared to when his administration took office.
“We continue to make great strides in combating crime in our city, but we also are aware that much work lies ahead,” he said.
The city of Bessemer is now accepting resumes to fill posts on three of its municipal boards.
Resumes are now being accepted for the following three boards:
►Board of Zoning Adjustment and Appeals
►Planning and Zoning Commission
Those interested in serving on any of the three boards should submit resumes to the City Council’s Office, c/o of Angela Coleman.
The office is located on the second floor of City Hall, 1800 Third Avenue North, Bessemer, AL.
Resumes will be accepted from Wednesday, Jan. 28 util the close of business on Wednesday, Feb. 18.
All resumes should identify the person submitting it and provide educational, civic and work background of the respondent for at least the last five years.
For more information, contact City Hall at (205) 424-4060.
This year the city of Bessemer is introducing a new community alert system.
The City of Bessemer Citizen Notification System (CNS), is a free service that allows you to receive emergency alerts, weather, and community notifications via phone calls, emails and more.
It is easy to sign up for alerts.
Just go to the bottom of this page to sign up for the alerts. You can sign up there to begin receiving alerts from the city of Bessemer!
The 2015 State of the City of Bessemer Address has been set.
Mayor Kenneth Gulley will deliver the State of the City on Jan. 26 at 6 p.m. at the Bessemer Civic Center.
The mayor will highlight the past year's developments in the city and outline plans for the upcoming year.
The public is invited to attend.