For Immediate Release 7/1/2020
Selma, AL– Former Dallas County Water and Sewer Authority Board Chairman Wil Jackson announced his run for Selma City Council President Tuesday evening on WHBB’s “Cool Jazz Cafe” hosted by Terry Chestnut.
Jackson is a community leader, pastor, and 3rd generation son of Selma who has led and overseen the growth of Summer Grove Missionary Baptist Church for the past 14 years. The church is a fixture in Selma, and a church home to 200+ members of the greater Selma community.
In addition to his pastoral duties, Jackson is the founder and current president of the 4 Rivers Community Development Corporation and president of the Christian Clergy in Action Minister’s Association.
Jackson says Selma is in need of a “total reset” and needs a leader who will make an immediate impact on Selma’s quality of life and its finances.
“We can’t afford another government shutdown or hospital closure,” said Jackson. “I have a plan to re-energize our economy by developing Craig Airfield and Water Avenue. When tourists visit Selma we want them to learn about our history; stay in our hotels; spend money in our shops, bars, and restaurants; and enjoy our parks and outdoor spaces.”
Jackson said Craig Airfield is ripe for investment and has the facilities to attract local businesses such as micro-breweries; food court incubators for new locally owned restaurants; co-working spaces for entrepreneurs; and retail and inventory space for local farmers and craftsmen.
His “Learn, Stay, Spend, Play!” initiative will focus on a 3-year and 10-year plan to develop a premiere tourism strategy for Selma that will transform the Jubilee into a world-class celebratory experience; develop modern large meeting spaces/facilities for historical tourists; and embark on a development and street scaping effort along the Alabama river.
“Developing Selma’s river-front property will create jobs, raise property values, and energize our retail and tourism industry. Water Ave, the adjacent parks, and commercial buildings have the potential to be developed into a thriving arts and entertainment corridor that supports Bridge tourism.” Jackson said.
Selma also needs activities for its youth. Jackson pledged to re-open Selma’s Parks and Recreation division within his first 100 days as Council President, by directly lobbying the Mayor next term. He plans to immediately re-deploy the City’s maintenance crew to clean up the City– especially around tourist areas.
Visit www.WJackson2020.com to learn more about Wil Jackson’s experience, education, and plan to build a stronger Selma.
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