Design Alabama to present vision for Selma on Jan. 30

Gina Clifford, executive director of Design Alabama, from left, Billy Young and Clint Wilkinson of the Selma Redevelopment Authority Board of Directors and at far right Juanda Maxell, chairman of the Selma Redevelopment Authority.
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Based on the input received from the citizens of Selma last August, Design Alabama will present its findings for a new vision to improve and brand the city of Selma going forward to the community in January.

The Selma Redevelopment Authority agreed at its Dec. 12 meeting to hold a community event at the Carneal Building on Jan. 30 that will include the unveiling by Design Alabama of a marketing strategy for the city. To allow time for more citizens to attend, the SRA agreed to start the event at 5:30 p.m.

The SRA and the city of Selma initiated a process with Design Alabama, a nonprofit organization, helping to create and enhance a sense of place for the city of Selma through the collaboration of the design arts.

About 150 Selma residents turned out for a Design Alabama come and go event at the Carneal Building on Aug. 22 of this year to tell their own visions for the city of Selma and to give their input to design professionals.

With Design Alabama were two architects, a city planner, a landscape architect, a historic preservations assistant and a marketing branding graphic designer.

Jason Fondren, a city planner and volunteer with Design Alabama told the Selma Sun at the time, “We are hoping to get a clearer sense of what the community is concerned about and what they think can be done to make Selma a better place economically for quality of life and in ways that we can put together strategies in terms of making it a better place.”

Gina Clifford, executive director of Design Alabama, said it is a statewide nonprofit organization working with communities across the state to create an “advanced place.” She said, “We want to build up communities with what they already have. We do mostly asset-based planning. We’re looking at what makes this community great and different and unique.”

Selma Redevelopment Authority Chairman Juanda Maxwell said Design Alabama will present a plan on Jan. 30 that was based on “community ideas.” And, she said, “We are really excited for them coming back with plans reflective of the community” to be unveiled to the community and the City Council.