North and central Alabama communities, particularly those affected by a series of tornadoes in 2011, will get some get some online instruction to help their areas thrive thanks to an $18,150 grant. Funding from the Appalachian Regional Commission will help Your Town Alabama, a non-profit organization established to help small towns prosper, provide four webinars geared toward rebuilding communities that were damaged during the April 27, 2011 tornado outbreak in Alabama. Communities not affected by the storms may also participate.
Webinar topics may include disaster recovery, creating tourism, downtown revitalization and federal tax credit for building rehabilitation.
Congress established the ARC in 1965 as a supplemental grant program to raise the standard of living, improve the quality of life and promote economic development in portions of the 13 Appalachian mountain states, including 37 counties in Alabama.
All of the communities affected by the tornadoes are in the ARC region.
The Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs manages the ARC program in Alabama. ADECA administers a wide range of programs that support law enforcement, economic development, workforce development, recreation, energy conservation and water resource management.