Local mayors gather for a speech on the state of the shoals

MUSCLE SHOALS, Ala. (WHNT) – The Shoals Chamber of Commerce hosted its second annual State of The Shoals Address on Friday.

The mayors of Tuscumbia, Sheffield, Muscle Shoals and Florence came to give updates on their city’s latest projects and answer questions from local business owners. Tuscumbia Mayor Kerry Underwood told News 19 he loved hearing from other influential members of their community.

“I know there are always questions about consolidating or collaborating,” Underwood said. “Are we working together as four cities instead of going in our own different directions? And what does it look like? How can we work together in different ways? »

Kerry Underwood, Mayor of Tuscumbia

The four mayors mentioned several infrastructure improvement projects, particularly in terms of housing.

The four mayors also said they were generally supportive of the possibility of combining the Florence-Lauderdale and Colbert County tourist offices so they could work together to attract more people to the area.

Olivia Bradford of the Shoals Chamber of Commerce told News 19 that these discussions are very important to local business owners.

“What is the possibility or the future of combining our two tourist offices? How would this affect business in the shoals? These are the types of questions we want our mayors to know are on the minds of our business owners,” Bradford said.

There were also questions about things like road, flooding and sewer line issues. Each mayor said they were actively working to resolve these issues.


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