Mayor Sandy Stimpson and his team seek to continue the momentum toward becoming America’s safest, most business and family-friendly city by 2020.
Since assuming office in 2013, Mayor Stimpson’s first term has been marked by unprecedented successes that stand to make a lasting impact on Mobile. Stimpson and his team built upon responsible, fiscal stewardship to reform city finances. For the first time in years, Mobile is on solid financial footing, debt has been reduced by almost $45 million and the city has seen a rate increase by both Moody’s and S&P.
Mayor Stimpson knows that a prosperous city is a safe city. He has invested in our first responders with much deserved pay increases and more modern equipment. In his first three years, the city has purchased 297 new police vehicles, nine new vehicles for paramedics, and five new firetrucks.
In addition to his strong support for emergency personnel, Mayor Stimpson continues to focus on addressing crime and poverty from every direction. The administration was recently applauded by the Department of Justice for reforming the municipal court system to punish crime without penalizing poverty. Mobile is now a leader in municipal court reform, setting the precedent for criminal justice systems across the country through reformative programs like the “rocket docket.’ These programs focus on effective fiscal management, combat poverty in our city and ensure Mobile continues on its path of becoming the safest city in America.
To address youth gun violence, Stimpson created the YES (Youth Empowered for Success) initiative aimed at providing the most vulnerable youth in our community access to resources, which will assist in education, life and job training, employment opportunities and productive enrichment.
Mayor Stimpson believes every citizen deserves a neighborhood in which they feel safe and can take pride. When Stimpson took office, he set a goal to eradicate blight in our city. With the help of Mobile’s Bloomberg Philanthropy funded Innovation Team, this administration is taking a revolutionary approach to eliminating blight, creating safer communities and increasing property values.
A sound infrastructure helps ensure a better quality of life and economic opportunity for all Mobilians. For the first time in more than a decade, Mayor Stimpson has directed $63 million to capital improvements, making critical repairs to our streets, sidewalks, ditches, bridges, playgrounds and parks.
The Stimpson administration continues to invest in efficient connectivity. Mayor Stimpson’s team secured a $14.5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation to reconstruct the Broad-Beauregard corridor, connecting residents, the transportation system and major economic employment centers at Brookley Aeroplex and downtown Mobile.
Under Stimpson’s leadership, Mobile’s economic future is bright. To date, fifteen new global aerospace suppliers are relocating to Mobile, there’s a new tech corridor on St. Louis Street, and our refurbished cruise terminal welcomed the triumphant return of Carnival cruise lines last year.
With Mayor Stimpson at the helm, Mobile is undergoing a positive transformation. He understands that our people are the real reason for our success. Each day this administration is committed to making sure every citizen has an opportunity to share in the momentum. Stimpson truly believes we can only achieve our fullest potential united, as “One Mobile.”