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Planning Manager Marie Bostick Announces Retirement to Become Land Trust Director

City of Huntsville For Immediate Release
February 24, 2014
(Huntsville, AL) - Marie Bostick, the City of Huntsville's Manager of Planning Administration, announced her retirement today to assume a new position as executive director of the Land Trust of North Alabama.

A highly respected figure in the planning and development community, Bostick has served in the City's planning department for the past 26 years. In addition to the daily management of planning initiatives and supervising a staff of 33, Bostick has been the primary point of contact for the city regarding land use projects with developers, engineers, and realtors. She was a key facilitator in numerous public-private projects including Twickenham Square and The Avenue.

During her tenure, Bostick established the City's Zoning Administration Division, oversaw the Planning Commission and Board of Zoning Adjustment, and served as the City's planning liaison to the Huntsville City Council.

"Marie is one of the best in her field, and she has served this city tirelessly and admirably throughout her tenure," said Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle. "Her leadership, intellect, and vision will be greatly missed."

An active figure on numerous community boards and organizations, Bostick is well known for her advocacy on the environment, arts, downtown revitalization, historic preservation, and baseball. She served as the project lead on all greenway development and open space acquisition, including the Hays Nature Preserve, Goldsmith Schiffman Wildlife Sanctuary and Wade Mountain Preserve. Bostick also facilitated the partnership between the city and the Land Trust of North Alabama and the Forever Wild Land Trust to acquire the Certain and Terry properties.

As a result, her work garnered numerous awards including the "Outstanding Planning Program" for the City of Huntsville Greenways Plan from the Alabama Chapter of the American Planning Association, the Millennial Trial Awards for the Aldridge Creek Greenway and Wade Mountain Trail from The White House Millennial Trail Council, and the Americans for Our Heritage and Recreation Designation of The Wade Mountain Preserve as a 21st Century American Heritage Park.

Bostick was also recently named Downtown Advocate of the Year 2012-2013 by Downtown Huntsville. Inc., and she received the prestigious Torchbearer Award and the Benjamin Banneker award from Alabama A & M's Department of Community Planning and Urban Studies Alumni Association.

"Marie is one of the most honest, straightforward and dedicated persons I know," said Shane Davis, Director of Urban Development. "We will certainly miss her leadership in City Hall, but you can bet she will continue to do great things for our community through the Land Trust."

It is a source of pride for Bostick's municipal colleagues to watch her trade hats as Board Chair for the Land Trust to one as executive director.

"My career with the city has been both rewarding and challenging and I will always treasure the many friendships and memories I have made," said Bostick. "I count myself among the lucky in having had the privilege of working with an exceptional team of professionals in such a progressive city. Having the opportunity to share in the shaping of our city's future has been inspiring and I look forward to continuing to serve our community in other ways."

Among Bostick's past and present civic roles:

  • Trustee, Land Trust of North Alabama (1999-2004; 2009-present); Lands Committee Chair 2009: Board Secretary, 2011; Vice-Chair, 2012; Chair, 2013-2014
  • Huntsville Sports Commission
  • Big Spring Partners Board
  • Alabama Recreational Trails Advisory Board
  • American Planning Association
  • Alabama A & M University Department of Community Planning Advisory Board
  • Member, Huntsville Historic Preservation Commission; Secretary
  • Member, Board of Examinations and Appeals for Construction Industries
  • Huntsville/ Madison County Leadership Class 24 Graduate

    Bostick's last day with the city will be Feb. 28.


    For more information, contact:

    Kelly Cooper Schrimsher, Director of Communications, Office of the Mayor, 256-427-5006 (w), kelly.schrimsher@huntsvilleal.gov

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