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Rice views economic development as top priority

Published 3:11pm Monday, February 24, 2014

By DONNA CAMPBELL / Community Columnist

Smart growth. These two words sum up Pelham councilwoman Karyl Rice’s vision for the city.

Rice (contributed)
Rice (contributed)

“I’ve been involved with the Pelham city council since 1984,” Rice said. “During this time, I’ve seen Pelham ebb and flow due to changing leadership, city demographics and influence from surrounding areas. We are now in a position to promote Pelham as the city in which to live and do business.”

Rice noted the council’s mission to have fully staffed boards for the city to engage in the business of economic development.

“Since the new mayor and council took office, we have been committed to filling vacant volunteer positions on boards for the city,” Rice said. “We have sought assistance with an outside company to bring to our attention potential businesses that could be a fit for Pelham as various retail fronts become available. We are also open to industrial development for the city.”

Rice has been involved with the Pelham Civic Complex and Ice Arena since its beginning, and is currently the facility’s council liaison.

“The Pelham Civic Complex provides an entertainment, conference and banquet venue, in addition to a training facility for ice skaters,” noted Rice. “Plus it’s the home of the Alabama Frozen Tide hockey team. We have hosted hockey tournaments for the region and want to be able to accommodate more tournaments in the future. A modification to the practice rink will move the hockey players’ boxes to the opposite side of the ice so more spectators can be seated and enjoy the game with an unobstructed view.”

According to Rice, all matters pertaining to the growth of Pelham will be done in a careful manner and with a smart approach.

“Decisions we make now will affect the residents of tomorrow,” said Rice. “I’m looking forward to continued good works with the council in 2014.”

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