Thursday, March 3, 2011 | 7:33 AM
Mayor Ken Sunseri recently attended DesignAlabama's Mayor's Design Summitt.
In partnership with the Alabama State Council on the Arts, the Alabama League of Municipalities, the Arts Education License Tag Advisory Committee and Goodwyn, Mills & Cawood, DesignAlabama hosted its 6th Annual DesignAlabama Mayor's Design Summit at the Legends Marriott Capitol Hill in Prattville, Alabama. The intense day and a half workshop partnered five Alabama mayors with six design professionals from in and outside of Alabama to work in a roundtable environment to create tangible solutions for design and planning challenges facing their communities.
Five Alabama mayors were hand selected in the fall of 2010 based on interest and leadership to attend the event. Other mayors selected to attend included: Mayor Ryan Blalock of Abbeville, Mayor Charles Murphy of Robertsdale, Mayor Thomas Tartt of Livingston and Mayor George Evans of Selma. Each mayor prepared a presentation focusing on their community and a specific design/planning issue which they were seeking some innovative and creative ideas to solve. The issues brought forth ranged from downtown redevelopment, ways to create moderately priced income housing, to the connectivity of streets throughout a community.
The design professionals helping each of these mayors included Joy Foy from the Mississippi Development Office, Christian Rushing from Kennedy Coulter Rushing & Watson of Chattanooga, Mary Shell of the Alabama Historical Commission, Ben Wieseman from KPS Group, Inc. and Jim Byard, director of the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs. Cheryl Morgan of the Auburn University Urban Studio served as moderator during the two day event. The participants will also be listening to brief talks from Mayor Jay Jaxon of Eufaula and David Preziosi from the Mississippi Heritage Trust.
DesignAlabama is a partnership organization of the Alabama State Council on the Arts. The Alabama State Council on the Arts is the official state arts agency of Alabama. The staff of the Council, directed by Al Head, administers the grants programs and provides financial assistance in arts education and programming. The Council receives its support through an annual appropriation from the Alabama Legislature and funding from the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.