On November 5, 2012, the City of Vestavia Hills became one of a very few communities in Alabama with a Council-Manager form of government. The City Manager is appointed by the City Council and serves as the chief executive officer of the municipal government. The City Council members are elected in a city-wide election every four years; and the Mayor oversees the running of City Council meetings. All members of the city administration understand the significance of business to a thriving community with a strong educational system, large parks and recreation department, and economic development program.
In addition, the City understands the importance of public/private partnerships. Such partnerships have been key as the City has pursued the highest and best use of available parcels. Since initiating the move for major redevelopment beginning with the US-31 corridor, the City has recognized the importance of and is working on strategic initiatives in its other business corridors, notably Patchwork Farms, Cahaba Heights, Liberty Park, and soon Altadena Valley. The City seeks through these strategies to strengthen economic development, improve commercial aesthetics, and provide walkable shopping and greenways to create true quality of place and an environment where businesses can thrive.