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economic development

Tommy has created 30,000 jobs and diversified our economy

Added 30,000 jobs, recruiting both new businesses and supporting organic growth in Huntsville’s heritage companies.

Expanded the Economic Development office into the Office of Urban and Economic Development, and added both a Business Relations Officer and a Deputy Director of Economic Development, ensuring a thorough, hands-on approach to all economic development opportunities regardless of size and scope.

Through leadership and regional teamwork, led the charge to bring more than $4 billion in economic investment to Huntsville, affecting all districts and encompassing many sectors. Companies include:

Aerojet Rocketdyne
BAE Systems
Boeing
Blue Origin
BOCAR
Cummings Aerospace
Curse
Dynetics/Leidos
Facebook
GE Aviation
LG Electronics

Lockheed Martin
Northrop Grumman
Polaris
PPG
Raytheon Company
SCI
SES
Sierra Nevada Corporation
Torch Technologies
TOYOTA Motor Manufacturing of Alabama
Whole Foods



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infrastructure

Roads, fiber to the home, and innovative planning

Built the Restore Our Roads initiative which resulted in a $250 million cost-sharing agreement between the City of Huntsville and the Alabama Department of Transportation to complete major road projects in key corridors throughout the City, including but not limited to:
U.S. 72 East at Moores Mill and Shields Road / Epworth Drive
South Memorial Parkway Overpasses from Martin Road to Lily Flagg Road
Cecil Ashburn

Developed The BIG Picture Master Plan to ensure improvements are comprehensive and forward-thinking.

Brought fiber to the home throughout the city through an agreement with Huntsville Utilities, ensuring access to broadband for residents and businesses.

Invested $250 million in state-of-the-art school facilities in every district.

Full study of mass transportation resulted in route improvements, expanded hours and Saturday service, new branding, a mobile app, and a clear fee structure for riders.

Began new focus on alternative modes of transportation including “Complete Streets” planning and expansion of greenway infrastructure.

Directed the city’s move to “street diets” in corridors where pedestrian and bike traffic are prevalent, resulting in more options for safe transit in those areas.

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fiscal responsibility & transparency

Tommy delivers balanced budgets and smart spending

For the last 12 years, focused on streamlining all city departments to ensure efficiency and effectiveness.

Maintained a balanced budget every year since 2009.

Awarded highest rating for fiscal responsibility (AAA) every year since 2009.

City of Huntsville budgets are available for the public to view year-round.

City of Huntsville proposed budgets are available for the public before council consideration.

Keeps the cost of government low to free up funds to invest in industry, jobs, and quality of life - all tools in the tool chest to build a better Huntsville.

Established first-ever Department of Communications for the City of Huntsville.

With no daily newspaper in Huntsville, saw the need for public access to city information and added social media channels on all major platforms, a robust video platform on the city website, and livestreaming of all public meetings with the goal of constant communication about what city government is doing, how they’re doing it, and why.

In 2009, opened the Office of Multicultural Affairs, with direct accessibility to the Mayor and designed to deepen relationships between the city and all citizens.

Over past 12 years, appointed Mayoral advisory councils in many sectors including Diversity & Inclusion, Young Professionals, Urban Development, Economic Development, and Technology, bringing the community’s feedback into city hall.

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PARKS & RECREATION

More places to play than ever

Full renovation and preservation of “Huntsville’s Living Room” Big Spring Park.

Multi-million dollar renovation and revitalization of John Hunt Park, including the transformation of the municipal golf course to a world-class cross country and mountain biking trail system.

Built the state-of-the-art aquatic center, resulting in millions in sports tourism dollars.

Retained the Johnson High School site to transform into a $5 million recreation complex, including an indoor rock climbing wall and the city’s first futsal (indoor soccer) courts

Built the Mark Russell Center - the first community center in Hampton Cove, serving the 1500 students and families that reside in the eastern portion of the city, including the city’s first universal playground in that community.

Built sand volleyball courts, pickleball courts, updated disc golf courses, and improved tennis facilities around the city.

Launched the build-out of the Sandra Moon Complex, the first of its kind in South Huntsville.

Expanded greenway and park offerings, aiming for connectivity between neighborhoods.

Continued updating the 52 parks in the city’s network.

Supported and advocated for the reinvention of Ditto Landing.

Opened Dallas W. Fanning Preserve, one of the first of its kind in west Huntsville.

Led the effort to create the Lantana Park gateway into North Huntsville.

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strong relationships

Tommy built and maintains excellent relationships with regional partners

Cultivated stronger relationships with Redstone Arsenal leadership, guiding the community through the completion of the Base Realignment And Closure and advocating for continued growth on the installation, drawing the FBI’s “HQ2” and a $1 billion investment to the base. Fighting for NASA as it seeks to launch Americans back to the Moon...including the first woman.

Partnership with COPT and City of Huntsville Redstone Gateway added 4.2 million square feet for future development of both Redstone Arsenal and Research Park, $70 million investment, extends life of CRP east and west and gives capabilities of building office space behind the gate to continue the growth.

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innovation

Reaching new heights is in Huntsville's DNA

Mayor Battle worked with community leaders to leverage innovation to promote greater economic diversification and development within the City. The main focus of this effort was through the establishment of the following initiatives:

Cyber Huntsville
Cyber Huntsville is a 501(c)(6) non-profit organization made up of industry, Government and Academic institutions that are dedicated to making Huntsville and the Tennessee Valley region a Nationally and Internationally recognized Cyber leader. In doing this, Cyber Huntsville focuses on building on recognized talent pools and experience in the areas of Systems Engineering, Research and Development, Modeling and Simulation, Cyber Security, Experimentation, and Test and Evaluation. The initiative serves to put the Tennessee Valley Region on the map as a Cyber Center of Excellence.

Energy Initiatives
Energy Huntsville seeks to leverage Huntsville’s expertise in the areas of modeling and simulation, systems engineering, technology integration, and testing to create new job opportunities, create economic diversification, and to enhance our national reputation as an energy leader.

Geospatial Technology
GEO Huntsville, a 501(c)(6) non-profit organization, is a collaborative effort among businesses, academia and government entities in our region to support workforce growth and economic development. The initiative works to bring awareness to the professional expertise that exists in the area, identify job opportunities that continue to build the economic base, and ultimately establish the Huntsville region as a major corridor for geospatial excellence

The Mayor’s Office continues to support the Entrepreneurs & Innovator Network, which brings together local groups who support the innovative spirit such as The Catalyst, Biztech, Urban Engine, I2C at UAH, and Innovate Huntsville.

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quality of life

The heartbeat of the Rocket City

Created Healthy Huntsville to help citizens focus on the core concepts of nutrition and exercise to encourage our residents to embrace healthy lifestyles in order to combat obesity.

Was the catalyst for downtown Huntsville’s redevelopment, including the creation of Downtown Huntsville Inc. Founded to be responsible for the revitalization of Downtown Huntsville through unique events, interesting promotions, and dynamic new and redeveloped properties., the work of DHI in partnership with the City has resulted in multiple international awards for retail projects.

Partnered with local developers to focus on building urban lifestyle centers around the city, including Twickenham Square, Providence, and The Avenue.

Championed the expansion and renovation of the Von Braun Center.

For the last 12 years, led the charge for streetscaping in critical pedestrian areas in the city, creating walkable, bikeable streets with lighting and accessible sidewalks.

Created the city’s Special Events Committee, which brings event producers together with city officials to ensure events are safe and well-managed.

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arts & entertainment

Tommy's supporting a vibrant music scene to attract the next generation

Ordered an extensive music audit - the first of its kind in the U.S. - leading to the creation of Huntsville’s first-ever Music Advisory Board.

In his first year in office, solved a long time problem for arts non-profits by providing free parking for performing arts volunteers involved in community productions at the Von Braun Center.

Supported the growth of the micro-brewery scene and the Rocket City Brewfest.

Championed the founding of Alabama’s first public art trail, the SPACES Sculpture Trail.

Partnered with Arts Huntsville to secure the city’s first NEA grant in support of a public art master plan.

Established the first Arts & Entertainment Districts in North Alabama, supporting both local food and beverage sales while bolstering live performances and outdoor visual art events.

Renewed the city’s focus on collaboration with the Huntsville-Madison County Convention & Visitors Bureau and area attractions, hotels, restaurants, and venues to grow the industry, resulting in $1 billion in economic impact annually.

Advanced the expansion of housing options in Research Park, with a special focus on Bridge Street’s growth and success.

Directed the city’s focus on rehabilitation of closed or underused buildings, leading to the development of multi-faceted venues Campus 805 and Stovehouse and the continued growth of Lowe Mill Arts & Entertainment.

Recruited nationally recognized entertainment brands TopGolf and Dave & Buster’s to MidCity.


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public safety

Using cutting edge technology to keep Huntsville safe

For the past 10 years, increased public safety technology to more efficiently police with fewer officers on the street.

Commissioned the first Citizens Police Advisory Council of any major Alabama city.

Implemented body cams for all Huntsville Police officers in 2015 which decreased internal affairs complaints by 50%.

Added tasers for less-than-lethal force option during encounters with suspects.

11 officers are trained in mental health issues, with the aim of keeping suspects from jail and offering treatment instead.

Recognized everyone is born with bias, and worked with the community action groups to determine the most effective implicit bias training for police officers and Huntsville Police Academy recruits, made mandatory for all in 2018.

Built a new police precinct in North Huntsville.

Created stronger community policing efforts throughout the city by building relationships, promoting CROs, and holding regular neighborhood events.

Diversified command staff to reflect the demographics of the community, including promoting the first Black police captains in the department’s history and appointing a Black Deputy Chief.

Hired 50 more officers and continues to recruit to match the population growth of the community and ensure coverage.

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