The City of Bessemer is applying for a $400,000 EPA brownfields assessment grant. The purpose of the program is to assess public and private brownfields properties in our community.
A "brownfields” property is an abandoned, idle, or underused property at which expansion or redevelopment is hindered by actual or perceived environmental impact. Examples are abandoned gas stations, industrial plants, former dry cleaners, and other industrial or commercial properties. The idea is to eventually redevelop these properties into productive resources.
Brownfields redevelopment supports economic development, environmental health, and human health. More information on the these efforts will be forthcoming as our program develops.
The city of Bessemer's Second Annual Christmas Tree Lighting is Nov. 29 at 5 p.m. at Debardeleben Park. Join us for music and more.
The event will feature music by the choirs of Bessemer City High School and Bessemer Middle School. There will be refreshments and a special gifts giveaway by Mayor Kenneth Gulley. Please make plans to join us.
The city of Bessemer's Annual Christmas Parade is scheduled for Dec. 12 at 2 p.m. in Historic Downtown Bessemer. Contact the Bessemer Area Chamber for registration.
The theme of this year's parade is "Believe in the Music and Magic of Christmas." The registration deadline is Dec. 9 at 5 p.m.
The Bessemer City Council approved a tax abatement package to Flex-N-Gate Alabama at its Oct. 20 meeting. the package is expected to bring 107 new jobs to the city by 2017.
The company is embarking on a $23.9 million project to expand its facility on Bay Drive to produce front end and rear bumpers for Nissan. Flex-N-Gate currently has about 180 employees at the facility.