waterways navigable and beautiful, Alabama must win the water war with Georgia and prevent inter-basin transfers of water without replacement. The upgrade and expansion of airports and general aviation facilities in major and emerging cities across Alabama should be given the greatest assistance possible by our state government. The lengthening of runways across Alabama will be a priority of Alabama’s Department of Transportation under my administration. As Governor, I will support the expansion of the Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport, as required by the prospects of future demand. Industrial efforts for economic improvement in Alabama’s major metropolitan areas should be coupled with the cooperation of state government. As Governor my goal is to make infrastructure development attractive for future and currently recruited industries, and I will be personally involved in Alabama’s infrastructure planning to ensure the success of long-term forecasting. Additionally, I will modernize the Alabama Department of Transportation based on recommendations from a bipartisan panel of experts. These experts will be chosen to thoroughly and independently evaluate the performance of the major modalities within Alabama. This panel’s recommendations will include suggestions for both the short-term and long-term goals of utilizing various methods of transportation. The panel will include citizens and community leaders from each geographic region of the state to assist in preparing certain areas for new industry as well as planning for the future industrial and population growth of Alabama. The many advantages of such an evaluation include promoting the economic benefits of increased productivity due to reduced congestion for Alabama’s workers. For example, my staff and I will evaluate the options to implement the two four-lane north-to-south corridors, one for both East and West Alabama. My administration will also look to complete an I-10 Corridor connector for Southeastern Alabama. As an aspect of my plan for population specific infrastructure, long-term growth in places like the Birmingham metropolitan area should be reviewed thoroughly. Thinking critically and addressing challenges regarding the geographic direction of population growth trends, and the impending amount of sustainable growth, are fundamental to the forthcoming economic accomplishments for Alabama. Through the modernization of the DOT, I will seek the elimination of waste, duplication, and inefficiency that may exist currently by upgrading and using modern technology. Improving operational effectiveness, streamlining processes, Jobs and Opportunity for Alabama http://www.BentleyMeansBusiness.com/ 31
Promises made by Robert Bentley.