A Year in Review

2018 Annual Report

Medicaid Waiver:

  • Provided assistance to 865 individuals
  • Saved the state approximately $53 million dollars
  • Secured $15,000 in grant funds from the Lucille Beeson Trust Fund to provide emergency assistance to low income elderly individuals

Community Planning:

  • Completed development of the City of Birmingham Eastern Area Framework Plan
  • Completed development of the City of Birmingham Pratt/Ensley Framework Plan
  • Completed development of the Downtown Homewood Master Plan
  • Completed development of the Center Point Zoning and Signage Ordinance Updates
  • Continued development of the Chelsea Highway 280 Overlay District
  • Initiated development of the City of Birmingham Northside/Southside Framework Plan
  • Initiated development of the Shape Birmingham Expansion Project (Health Impact Assessment)

Transportation Planning:

  • Completed Regional Freight Plan
  • Completed Regional Active Transportation (B-Active) Plan
  • Began development of the 2045 Regional Transportation Plan (RTP)
  • Completed or initiated the following studies under the Advanced Planning Programming and Logical Engineering (APPLE) program:
    • Alabama Department of Transportation (ALDOT) – Lakeshore Extension
    • Argo – Traffic Study
    • Birmingham – 20th Street Pedestrian Mall
    • Birmingham – Avenue F Bridge over Village Creek
    • Birmingham – Crestwood Blvd Study
    • Birmingham – Vulcan/Richard Arrington Greenway
    • Birmingham-Jefferson County Transit Authority (BJCTA) – Commuter Rail Study
    • Calera – SR-25 Realignment Study
    • Gardendale – New Road Study
    • Homewood – Hollywood Blvd – US 280 Bridge Study
    • Mountain Brook – Overton Road Traffic Study
    • Mountain Brook – Traffic Study Phase 2
    • St. Clair County – US-411 Interchange Study
    • Springville – SR-174/Murphrees Valley Road Study
    • University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) – North/South Streets Study
    • Vestavia Hills – Crosshaven Drive
    • Vestavia Hills – Traffic Operations Study Phase 1
  • Coordinated meetings between local officials and ALDOT through the Heart of Alabama Rural Planning Organization (HARPO)
  • Provided mapping and technical assistance to a variety of local governments and nonprofits
  • Developed and posted interactive maps on the website
  • Developed and deployed an agency geospatial open data site for public data sharing

CommuteSmart:

  • Added 2,293 new participants to the program
  • Added 5 new corporate partners
  • Attended more than 190 events to promote the program
  • Maintained an average of 31 vanpools monthly
  • Reduced more than 12.8 million miles from the roads through alternative commutes
  • Saved participants $5 million in estimated commuter costs

Alabama Partners for Clean Air:

  • Documented emissions reductions attributable to the APCA program was 19.9 pounds per day of hydrocarbons, 78 pounds per day of nitrogen oxides, and 9.7 pounds per day of PM 2.5
  • During FY 2018 alternative fuel usage in Jefferson and Shelby counties totaled 2,360,173 gallons or Gasoline Gallon Equivalents (GGE)
  • Hosted 126 free emission testing events with 2,560 vehicles tested
  • Under the Car Care Program, 67 vehicles qualified for emission repairs; 44 qualified vehicles were repaired
  • Attended more than 100 events to promote the program
  • Received 7,565 pledge cards from citizens agreeing to promote air quality and reduce emissions

Economic Development:

  • Issued 36 loans
  • Loaned $1,712,300
  • Leveraged $13,698,400 in private investment
  • Created 68 jobs
  • Provided assistance to various communities in pursuing ARC and EDA funding
  • Completed the 5-year Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy Update