first_imgReporting by WVUA23’s Jabaree Prewitt.Tuscaloosa Mayor Walt Maddox held the first advisory committee meeting for his Elevate Tuscaloosa plan on Wednesday.The mayor believes that Elevate Tuscaloosa is already making a major impact.Maddox says that by August, 54 additional students will be part of the pre-K initiative and six teachers will be hired as a result of Elevate Tuscaloosa.The advisory committee will look at three areas of Elevate Tuscaloosa: education, the experience and the economy. Maddox expects the committee members to be ambassadors to the community, engaging locals and bringing ideas from Tuscaloosa residents so that the city can continue to find ways to implement Elevate Tuscaloosa. He says that the city is projected to invest about $500 million in generations to come.“I believe in the plan itself and where we’re trying to go and I think it’s important for the city’s leaders to get as much input as possible to make sure that we’re spending the money effectively and efficiently and we’re investing in Tuscaloosa’s long term future,” Maddox said.last_img