Alabamians enjoying the sunset at the Little River Canyon in DeKalb County. Photo Credit: Steve Uzzell

Our Work In Alabama

In partnership with the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs, ARC is supporting 35 projects in Alabama totaling over $6.8 million in fiscal year 2020. These investments have been matched by $8.7 million and are attracting an additional $122.5 million in leveraged private investments in Alabama. They are also creating or retaining 450 jobs, training and educating more than 1,750 students and workers, and benefitting the 3.1 million residents in Alabama’s 37 Appalachian counties.

State Partners

Honorable Kay Ivey

Governor’s ARC Representative:
Kenneth Boswell, Director
Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs

401 Adams Avenue
P.O. Box 5690
Montgomery, AL 36103

ARC State Program Manager:
Crystal G. Talley, ARC Program Manager
Community Services Unit Chief Community and Economic Development Division

Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs
401 Adams Avenue, Suite 524
Montgomery, AL 36104

Investment Priorities

In Fiscal Year 2020, ARC and the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs partnered on the following investments and projects.

Ready Workforce
invested to increase the education, knowledge, skills, and health of Alabama’s Appalachian residents to work and succeed
Critical Infrastructure
invested in Alabama’s critical infrastructure development, including broadband, transportation, and water/wastewater systems
Leadership and Community Capacity
invested to build the capacity and skills of Appalachia’s current and next-generation leaders and organizations in Alabama to advance community and economic development
Additional Priorities
invested in entrepreneurial strategies to strengthen the economy and leverage natural and cultural assets in Appalachian Kentucky

Investment Snapshot

Fiscal Year 2020

State Profile

Learn more about ARC’s fiscal year 2020 investments in Alabama.

Investments in Action

Jefferson State Community College

Jefferson State Community College offers a range of certificate and training programs. In 2017, ARC support helped JSCC purchase lab simulators and other training equipment to upgrade the nursing and allied health programs’ facilities.

State Plans and Strategies

ARC’s current strategic plan is a blueprint for investments at the Regional level. Each of Appalachia’s 13 states develops a companion four-year plan and annual strategy statement outlining its funding priorities for ARC projects.

Fiscal Year 2022

County Economic Status

Every year, ARC applies an index-based classification system to compare each county in the Region with national averages to understand how counties are performing.

Counties in Appalachia

(37 out of 67 counties): Bibb, Blount, Calhoun, Chambers, Cherokee, Chilton, Clay, Cleburne, Colbert, Coosa, Cullman, De Kalb, Elmore, Etowah, Fayette, Franklin, Hale, Jackson, Jefferson, Lamar, Lauderdale, Lawrence, Limestone, Macon, Madison, Marion, Marshall, Morgan, Pickens, Randolph, St. Clair, Shelby, Talladega, Tallapoosa, Tuscaloosa, Walker, and Winston

Local Development Districts

Central Alabama Regional Planning and Development Commission
East Alabama Regional Planning and Development Commission
Northwest Alabama Council of Local Governments
North Central Alabama Regional Council of Governments
Regional Planning Commission of Greater Birmingham
South Central Alabama Development Commission
Top of Alabama Regional Council of Governments
West Alabama Regional Commission

State Links