Two towns in Shelby County have been selected to participate in the new League of Alabama Municipalities Economic Development Academy.
Earlier this year, ALM announced the creation of its Academy of Economic Development and launched the application portal via its website.
The following 30 communities will form the inaugural class on November 1 in Montgomery: Alexander City, Bessemer, Center Point, Centerville, Chelsea, Coffeeville, Columbiana, Elba, Enterprise, Gadsden, Geneva, Good Hope, Guin, Hartselle, Irondale, Lipscomb, Monroeville , Mount Vernon, Oneonta, Opp, Ozark, Pike Road, Scottsboro, Selma, Tallassee, Tarrant, Thomasville, Trussville, Tuskegee and Union Springs.
Unlike existing economic development programs, the ALM Academy is designed for city officials using a team model.
The mayor or another elected official or appointed administrative and at least two members of the council must participate from each community to form a team of five members maximum.
“The League is delighted to provide local leaders with training specifically designed to help them better understand best practices when recruiting and retaining the industry,” said ALM Executive Director Greg Cochran. “Our mission at the League is to ensure that we deliver intentional opportunities that will allow Alabama municipalities to be places where citizens want to live, work, play and thrive and businesses want to invest. We appreciate Neal Wade, who has been asked to develop the program and lead the courses, the Alabama Community College System (ACCS) and the Resource Advisory Council for their continued support and participation.
The ALM Academy will run for a full year starting November 1 with an orientation. To graduate, participants must conduct a survey of the economic vitality of their communities; carry out a community assessment / project; and attend four statewide training sessions held at an ACCS site.
At the end of the one-year program, graduates will receive a municipal economic development certificate from ALM and ACCS.
To further strengthen the ALM Academy and expand its reach, an Academy Resource Advisory Board has been established to provide input, assist with training, and provide additional resources.
The Board provides important and necessary subject matter knowledge and is made up of: Alabama Department of Commerce, Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs, Alabama Department of Environmental Management, AIDT, Alabama Municipal Electric Authority, Alabama Power Company, Alabama-Tombigbee Regional Commission , Business Council of Alabama, C Spire, Clarke / Mobile Gas, Economic Development Association of Alabama, Economic Development Partnership of Alabama, Enterprise State Community College, Frazer Lanier, Jefferson State Community College, Macon County Economic Development Authority, Manufacture Alabama, PowerSouth, Shoals Economic Development Authority, Southeast Alabama Planning and Regional Development Commission, Southeast Gas, Spire, Alabama Regional Council of Summit Governments, United States Department of Agriculture and Rural Development and Wallace State Community College.