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Community and Economic Development


ADECA’s Community and Economic Development Division is seeking your input with a couple of surveys. Notice a need in your community or notice barriers to fair-housing choice? Here is your chance to give your input via online survey. The surveys will be available until August 1, 2014. Each survey should take 10 minutes or less.
Community Needs Survey:  This survey’s goal is to identify needs in Alabama communities of all sizes that may be addressed by Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds that are made available to the state annually. The survey results will be incorporated into the five-year consolidated plan for CDBG, HOME Investment Partnerships Program, Emergency Solutions Grants and Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS funds that are available to the state and managed by ADECA’s Community and Economic Development Division.

Survey of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice:  The goal of this survey is to identify barriers and adverse policies that may exist in home rentals and sales. Part of the study includes collecting the opinions and experiences of people involved in the housing industry and of housing consumers. The survey results will be included in a statewide “Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice” required by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Click here to take the Impediments to Fair Housing Choice Survey.

Passenger Rail Study

A feasibility study regarding the restoration of passenger railroad service between Birmingham and Montgomery is now complete. The study examines the costs, benefits and projected ridership for a variety of potential routes and schedules and was completed with input from local officials and a survey of residents.

Click here to read the full study.


Program areas:

A wide range of programs fall under the category of community and economic development, and they exist to improve Alabama communities in very specific ways.

Some community needs addressed by Community Development Programs include providing clean water, paving the way for new jobs, eliminating health and safety hazards, and assisting minority-owned businesses.

Through the Community Services Block Grant Program, Alabama residents of low-income are able to receive assistance with gaining employment, education and many other skills.

ConnectingALABAMA promotes the expansion of high-speed internet service to help communities take full advantage of opportunities in economic development, health care, education and many other areas.

The Recreation and Conservation Unit administers grants that fund walking trails, playgrounds and other outdoor areas that improve communities.

The Appalachian Regional Commission has been working to improve lives, create new jobs, spur economic development, build roads and infrastructure, advance education and promote wellness in central and north Alabama since its establishment in 1965.

The Delta Regional Authority works to improve many aspects of communities in 20 Alabama counties.

Alabama Advantage provides information for those looking to relocate or retire in our state. 



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