Meeting of Mayoral Minds Opens Communication

Meeting of Mayoral Minds Opens Communication

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It's safe to say mayors around Mobile County were surprised when Mayor Sandy Stimpson called together a unique meeting of the minds.

"I've been an elected official for 18 years and this is the first time I've been invited to come to city hall in Mobile," says Saraland Mayor Howard Rubenstein.

Six mayors sitting around a table as the "One Mobile" slogan took on a physical manifestation.

"He's broaching ideas of partnership and working together to increase the possibilities of improving quality of life for all our residents and I think that's special."

Communication between mayors in the past has been nearly nonexistent.

"I think perhaps it had been all segmented. I think it might have been one mayor reaching out to that mayor and that mayor reaching out to another mayor," says Prichard Mayor Troy Ephriam.

This initial meeting was to set the scene and make way for what's coming down the road.

"What's to be gained by collaborating, I gave them a briefing on Airbus, and then we talked about the Coastal Alabama Partnership which is a collaboration between Baldwin and Mobile Counties," says Mobile Mayor Sandy Stimpson.

Opening the door of communication with a key to the city.

"Here's the direction we're going in and here's where we want all of us to go because altogether, collectively it's going to make our region that much greater," adds Ephriam.

Stimpson says these meetings will only be held periodically to discuss challenges they're facing and that Mayor Howard Rubenstein has invited everyone to Saraland for the next meeting.

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