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 44 projects in Alabama totaling $12.9 million in fiscal year 2023. These investments have been matched by $18.8 million and are attracting an additional 1.08 billion in leveraged private investments in Alabama. They are also creating or retaining over 1,720 jobs, training and educating 6,900 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 2023, ARC and the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs partnered on the following investments and projects.

Community Infrastructure
invested in Alabama to ensure access to reliable and affordable broadband, clean water and updated wastewater systems, highways, and more
Workforce Ecosystem
invested in Alabama to expand community systems that will help Appalachians obtain a job, stay on the job, and advance their careers
Community Leaders & Capacity
invested in growing the capacity of local leaders, organizations, and communities to address challenges and create opportunities in Alabama
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Building Businesses
invested in entrepreneurship and business development to strengthen the economy in Appalachian Alabama

Investment Snapshot

Fiscal Year 2023

State Profile

Learn more about ARC’s fiscal year 2023 investments in Alabama.

Investments in Action

Jefferson State Community College

ARC has partnered with JRCC for much of its 50+ year history. From supporting its Vocational Training Center in 1974, to new investments in high tech simulations and equipment, we’re proud to play a role their incredible impact.

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 2024

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