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Make sure to keep the following key dates and details on your calendar, and check back often for updates. Events are posted chronologically, bottom to top.


Final Report Delivery Event
December 15, 2010
Downloadable pdf of final report released on-line

Public Meeting
Wednesday, November 10, 2010
5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Five Rivers Delta Resource Center on the Causeway
Spanish Fort, AL

Public Meeting
Tuesday, November 9, 2010
5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Bayou La Batre Community Center

Public Meeting
Monday, November 8, 2010
5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Orange Beach Community Center.

Second Full Commission Meeting
October 26, 2010
Topic Committees to meet weekly or bi-weekly
Check back for details

Infrastructure Subcommittee Meeting
October 25
1:00pm
Bryant Bank
Daphne, AL

Insurance Subcommittee Meeting
October 22, 2010
1:30-3:30 pm
City of Foley, City Hall

Small Business Subcommittee Meeting
October 21, 2010
4:00 pm
Regions, RSA Tower
Mobile, AL

K-12 Education Subcommittee Meeting
October 20, 2010
2:30-3:30 pm
Mobile City Museum, 2nd Floor
Mobile, AL

Public Safety Subcommittee Meeting
October 20, 2010
1:30-2:30 pm
Mobile County Sheriff’s Office
510 Royal St, Mobile, AL

Tourism Subcommittee Meeting
October 20, 2010
9:00 am
The Grand Hotel
Fairhope, AL

Healthy Lifestyles Subcommittee Meeting
October 20, 2010
7:00 am
Mobile County Health Department, 4th Floor
Mobile, AL

Higher Education Subcommittee Meeting
October 19, 2010
4:00 pm
Springhill College Library

Physiology Subcommittee Meeting
October 19, 2010
10:00 am
Mobile Press Register
Mobile, AL 36602

Mental Health Subcommittee Meeting
October 19, 2010
8:00 am
Mobile Press Register
Mobile, AL 36602

Community Colleges Subcommittee Meeting
October 18, 2010
1:00 pm
Bishop State Conference Room

Insurance Subcommittee Meeting
October 15, 2010
1:30-3:30 pm
Mobile Press Register
Mobile, AL 36602

Small Business Subcommittee Meeting
October 14, 2010
4:00 pm
The Grand Hotel
Fairhope, AL

Infrastructure Subcommittee Meeting
October 14, 2010
9:00 am
International Trade Center, Killian Room, 1st floor
250 N Water St
Mobile, AL

Environmental Committee Meeting
October 14, 2010
8:30 am
Brookley Campus
Cypress Workshop Building
Mobile, AL

Healthy Communities Committee Meeting
October 13, 2010
7:00 am
Mobile County Health Department, 4th floor Board Room
Mobile, AL

Higher Education Subcommittee Meeting
October 12, 2010
4:00 pm
Springhill College Library
Mobile, AL

Physical Health Subcommittee Meeting
October 12, 2010
10:00 am
Mobile Press Register
Mobile, AL 36602

Community Colleges Subcommittee Meeting
October 11, 2010
12:30 pm
Faulkner State Community College, Dining Room

Seafood Subcommittee Meeting
October 8, 2010
11:00-4:00 pm
5 Rivers Delta

Long Term Economic Development Subcommittee Meeting
October 8, 2010
9:00-12:00 am
Alabama Power Company
Mobile, AL

Tourism Subcommittee Meeting
October 8, 2010
9:00 am
The Grand Hotel
Fairhope, AL

Small Business Subcommittee Meeting
October 7, 2010
5:00-7:00 pm
Wintzell’s at the Eastern Shore Center
Spanish Fort, AL

Environment Committee Meeting
October 7, 2010
8:30 am
University of South Alabama
Mobile, AL

Infrastructure Subcommittee
October 6, 2010
2:00 – 5:00 p.m.
International Trade Center, 4th floor
250 N. Water St., Mobile, Alabama

Road to Restoration Conference
October 5-6, 2010
Perdido Beach Resort
Orange Beach, AL
Info: 334-844-5100
www.auburn.edu/cgs/restore

Subcommittee on Insurance
October 4, 2010
9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Fairhope Municipal Complex
Delchamps Room
61 N. Section Street
Fairhope, AL  36532
(251) 990-0100

First Full Commission Meeting
September 28, 2010
9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
5 Rivers Center, Spanish Fort

  • Headline

    A once-in-a generation opportunity is upon us. A transformational moment in Alabama history.

    That’s how Gov. Bob Riley described hopes for the Coastal Recovery Commission (CRC) of Alabama, created by his executive order on September 27, 2010.

    The CRC’s mission: To shape, in the wake of BP’s Deep Water Horizon oil spill, “a roadmap to resilience” for South Alabama.

    “We must do everything we can to restore what’s been lost because of this disaster,” said Gov. Riley. “But we should also use this moment to strengthen the resilience of our state and coastal communities. The commission will recommend ways that improve our ability to respond to future challenges and examine strategies that will mean far less suffering the next time a catastrophe threatens us.”

    The CRC’s work is funded entirely with BP money already contributed to the state. No tax dollars will be used. What’s more, Gov. Riley took pains to insulate the Commission as much as possible from politics as usual. Since he leaves office in January, he’s acutely aware that the recommendations of the Commission will be in another governor’s hands. So he’s reached out to the political camps of both men vying to replace him, inviting them to appoint their own representatives to the Commission to participate in shaping a report that should inspire the new governor no matter who wins in the November elections.

    What’s more, Gov. Riley is asking local elected officials to give the Commission a little room to work. “We’ll bring politicians in,” said the governor. “But this will be a citizen-led – not a politician-led – effort. If we do that, I promise you it will be successful.”

    The CRC is made up of citizen leaders with broad ranges of experience in civic life in Alabama’s coastal region. It’s headed by Mobile Press-Register publisher Ricky Mathews, who brings to this effort the experience of a similar commission in the post-Hurricane Katrina environment of coastal Mississippi. For a complete list of CRC members, go here.

    “What we learned after Katrina on the Mississippi Coast,” said Mathews, “is that a crisis of even enormous proportions provides opportunities to re-imagine a whole region.

    “If we do our work on this commission right,” Mathews said, “we can position South Alabama for not only bouncing back more effectively from future catastrophes like oil spills and hurricanes but also for providing greater security and more opportunity for all of our citizens, even when there are no emergencies. That’s the essence of resiliency.”

    Forging consensus on what the oil spill’s impacts were and how to make the coast safer for citizens and visitors and more secure for long-term investment is tough enough. Implementing the Commission’s recommendations next year and in the years after will be harder – if the Commission is not able to begin building coalitions of support during this process. “If we’re to make the most of this opportunity,” said Mathews, “we have to begin thinking bigger and broader than we ever have.

    “Oil spills and hurricanes don’t just threaten isolated spots on a map,” said Mathews. “Their effects reverberate through an entire state, through a region even. So our chances for coping with future threats depend upon us building a regional vision, an awareness of how we’re connected with one another and how we can work with one another to do more than any of us as individual citizens or individual communities ever imagined.”

    This is a project on a fast track. At some point – no one knows exactly when – there is the potential for billions of dollars to flow to the coastal states from BP and from other energy-related sources. To assure that Alabama is positioned to make the most of this potential investment, “we need a plan,” said Gov. Riley. And it has to come quickly.

    So the Commission is committed to delivering its report by Dec. 15, initially as a downloadable pdf from this website. Printed books will be available soon thereafter.

    The Commission is organizing its work under three broad topics, each connected with the other and each representing a key component of regional adaptability and sustainability:

    A Healthy Environment
    A Healthy Society
    A Healthy Economy

    Commission members are assigned to each of the topics and will break the broader categories into sub-committees as they see fit. We’ll report on the activities of those committees and sub-committees on this website regularly.

    This is a very public process. Participation of regional experts, elected and appointed officials from all the towns and counties affected by the oil spill, regional business folks, and residents will have plenty of opportunities to review CRC work in progress and contribute their ideas and comments. They’ll be able to do that in person at community meetings, by mail or phone, and online via this website.

    Here’s how to make the best use of this site:



    If you want to know who’s on the Commission and who’s staffing it, click on the WHO tab in the toolbar above.

    If you want to understand the CRC’s mission, get answers to frequently asked questions, and see background data committees are gathering, click on the WHAT & WHY tab.

    If you want to know the schedule of public events and locations for meetings, click on the WHEN & WHERE tab.

    If you want to contact us directly, you’ll find information under CONTACT US, and at the bottom of each news post in the column to the left, is space for comments and questions.

    If you want to read or see what others are saying about the CRC effort, we’ll post links and documens under IN THE NEWS.





    This is going to move fast. So keep in touch. We need your participation.







  • PROCESS VIDEOS
    To see how the CRC based its work on the experiences of those most affected by the oil spill, click this video below:
    Click this video to watch our mid-course update:
    Click this video to explore the CRC's goals and principles:
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