The Chamber of Commerce of West Alabama facilitates one of the community's premier leadership development programs: Leadership Tuscaloosa. It is a nine-month program for professional adults in the Tuscaloosa area.

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Leadership Tuscaloosa plays an increasing role in shaping the positive direction of many individuals inclined toward making our community a better place to live, work and play.


Leadership Tuscaloosa aims to help meet the community's need for informed, responsible and effective leadership. The Leadership Tuscaloosa program is designed to:

  • Inform participants about the area's assets, needs and potential in several major areas. This will be accomplished through contact with local, state and national leaders who will offer information and thoughtful analysis of the study topics.
  • Stimulate the interest and awareness of participants in the program area and encourage a team approach to solving community problems. From such an approach will come the knowledge that responsible and responsive leadership is created through the efforts of citizens who often have differences of opinion and diverse views.
  • Improve participants understanding of their individual leadership roles as well as the diversity of leadership styles and skills required in solving complex community problems.
  • Develop and expand the participants' capacity to communicate and interact with one another, community leaders and fellow citizens; and to form a network of cooperative community involvement.


The Leadership Tuscaloosa Class of 2024 has launched ShelterUp Tuscaloosa, which is a community service project addressing the inadequate coverage of Tuscaloosa Transit bus stops.

In collaboration with the Tuscaloosa Mental Health Alliance, the objective is to significantly increase the number of Tuscaloosa Transit shelters.

To accomplish this, Leadership Tuscaloosa aims to secure tax-deductible donations from individuals, organizations, and businesses.

The estimated cost for one covered bus stop, including installation, is $2,000. This includes a 6-by-10 concrete pad, 5-by-10 covered shelter, commercial garbage bin, and ADA non-slip pad.


The Federal Transit Administration will cover 80% of a bus stop shelter's cost if the remaining 20% is funded.

The Leadership Tuscaloosa Class of 2024 is accepting donations and sponsorships for ShelterUp Tuscaloosa.

You can access the sponsorship form here. The deadline for submissions is February 29.

Mail and make checks payable to:

West Alabama Chamber Foundation

Attn: Leadership Tuscaloosa Project

PO Box 020410

Tuscaloosa, AL 35402

For more information, you can visit the West Alabama Chamber of Commerce. 

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