Top Headlines: Baldwin is Fastest-Growing County in State, Petelos to Retire as Jefferson County CEO

Baldwin is fastest-growing county in state
Baldwin County has seen a nearly 28% growth since 2011, ccording to population estimates. The estimates also show that most Alabama counties are losing population and that more than half of Alabamians live in the state’s eight largest counties: Jefferson, Mobile, Madison, Baldwin, Montgomery, Shelby, Tuscaloosa and Lee.  – Alabama Political Reporter

Petelos to retire as Jefferson County CEO
Tony Petelos, longtime county manager and CEO in Jefferson County, will retire sometime this year. He was appointed the first county manager in 2011 after serving as mayor of Hoover. He saw the county through bankruptcy and one of the longest-running consent decrees in the country. – WBRC 6 

Expansion of Tuscaloosa’s Riverwalk is underway
The $5.5 million project aimed at expanding Tuscaloosa’s Riverwalk has begun. The initial phase will expand the Riverwalk in northern Tuscaloosa about .57 miles east of McFarland Boulevard near the Woolsey-Finnell Bridge. Plans for the park include a trailhead, playground and pavilion.  – The Tuscaloosa News 

Alabama near bottom of ‘Best States’ list
Alabama ranks 46th in U.S. News Best States ranking, up three spots from the last listing. The state ranked in the top half in the fiscal stability category but ranked low in education, economy and other categories.  – U.S. News

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