Business View Magazine | December 2020

306 BUSINESS VIEW MAGAZINE DECEMBER 2020 municipalities, representing its members at the Alabama Legislature, in Congress, and with many agencies. Through those 85 years, the League’s legislative programs have influenced more than 400 general acts that directly benefit municipal governments and its community members. Cities and towns in Alabama receive millions of dollars every year in state-shared revenues as a direct result of the League’s legislative efforts. ALM staff continually monitor and report on all legislation, at both the state and federal levels that may affect municipalities. One of the ways it’s advocating for, and making, municipal leaders’ jobs easier is in response to the Rebuild Alabama Act, which was passed by the Legislature in 2019. ALM’s website serves as a host for municipalities to submit Rebuild Alabama projects for bids. Cochran knows the future of the economy may not be the same, going forward. He shares, “Tourism and restaurants will not be the same for a while, and that was for us in Alabama what seemed to be our fastest growing business sector. Manufacturing is going to probably change a little bit in the way they operate. So, I think as we look ahead, we have to discuss what that looks like for our cities and towns.” League President Frank Livingston of Tuscaloosa (left) and League Executive Director Ed Reid (right) in October 1946.