Community Development

SCADC provides technical assistance to local governments to address a variety of community development needs, including water and wastewater improvements, parks and recreational facilities, senior centers, community centers, fire and police equipment, libraries, historic preservation, walking and biking trails, and other community facilities that enhance the quality of life in the region. The SCADC staff provides guidance to its cities and counties in budgeting and financial management of capital improvement projects, state and federal grant administration, procurement, and other services as requested by member governments. We provide information and public policy options to local governments based on sound research and analysis.

SCADC’s planning staff is highly experienced in project development and grant administration and works closely with numerous state and federal agencies. Carefully planned projects are developed through the coordination of relevant public and private organizational resources. Agencies that frequently partner with SCADC to assist with community development projects include: Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs (ADECA); Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC); Delta Regional Authority (DRA); National Park Service; U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development; and the U.S. Department of Transportation. Some of SCADC’s recent community development projects are listed below:

City Union Springs (Bullock County) was awarded $500,000 from the CDBG Large City Fund to replace and build new storm sewer infrastructure on at least 14 city streets. The project will benefit 242 persons.

Butler County Butler County Water Supply District received $181,555 in Environmental Protection Agency’s Special Appropriation Project funds to construct two test wells to identify potential water sources within Butler County. Construction is expected to begin April 2012.

Crenshaw County received $ 250,000 from the CDBG Community Enhancement Fund to construct a senior center in the Honoraville community. The County also secured a loan with USDA Rural Development to help complete this project. The center directly benefits 60 persons, all of which have low or moderate incomes; and also houses the area’s Senior Nutrition Program. The new facility opened in October 2010.

Town of Notasulga (Macon County) received $400,000 from the CDBG Small City Fund to make water system and street/drainage improvements to four streets in the downtown area. The project directly benefited 172 persons, of which 140 had low and moderate incomes. This project was completed in July 2010.

The Montgomery County Farmer’s Service and Welfare Association (MCFSWA), Inc. (Montgomery County) received $40,000 from a partnership between the Lowe’s Charitable Foundation and Educational Foundation and the National Trust for Historic Preservation to restore the Tankersley Rosenwald School for reuse as a community facility with services to the elderly and rural population of the Hope Hull community. This project is projected to be complete by November 2011.

Butler County received a 2011 CDBG grant to resurface one substandard road and reconstruct and pave one dirt road.  This project will eliminate the existing safety and drainage issues on both roads by widening and resurfacing Butler Estates Road and widening, reshaping, and paving Vickery Road.  The total project cost is $454,832, of which $335,381 was awarded through the CDBG County Fund program.  The project will directly benefit 174 persons, of which 141 persons or 81.03 percent have low to moderate incomes. 

Crenshaw County was awarded a 2011 CDBG grant in the amount of $350,000 to perform water main relocation and full depth reclamation of Tucker Road.  The project will improve 1.9 miles of failing roadway and water lines.  Street activities will benefit 100 persons, of which 68.9 percent are low and moderate income persons; and water system activities will benefit 62 persons, of which 54.7 percent have low to moderate incomes.  It is expected that the project will drastically improve the safety conditions of the heavily trafficked roadway, impacting all travelers along Tucker Road.  The total estimated cost of the project is $440,043.12.  

Town of Mosses (Lowndes County) received a CDBG grant in the amount of $350,000 to address inadequate sanitary sewer disposal.  The project will extend sewer lines to 90 households, benefitting 240 people, of which 217 (90 percent) are of low to moderate income. It is estimated that the anticipated improvements will have a total cost of  $385,000.

City of Tuskegee (Macon County) was awarded a 2011 CDBG Grant in the amount of $450,000 to revitalize a predominately low-income neighborhood consisting of seven main streets.  Activities include street resurfacing, water improvements, and demolition of 21 dilapidated residential structures.  Street resurfacing and housing demolition will benefit 324 persons, of which 92.28 percent have low to moderate incomes; water line improvements will benefit 45 persons, of which 97.87 percent have low to moderate incomes.   The estimated total project cost is $599,447.  

Other community development projects include a recent partnership with Connecting ALABAMA, which is a multi-year initiative promoting the availability and adoption of broadband internet access throughout the state of Alabama. Through this effort, Connecting ALABAMA will develop a roadmap for the most efficient approach to realizing broadband accessibility and usage throughout the state. Two companies in the SCADC region have been awarded grant funds for broadband infrastructure projects in rural areas.

Troy Cablevision in Pike County, Alabama, was awarded $26,068,284 in federal funds to deploy a fiber-optic network to provide a critical new broadband route between four southeast Alabama counties including: Pike, Crenshaw, Coffee, and Dale. Additionally, Trillion Communications Inc. has formed a public-private partnership with A2D and the South Central Alabama Broadband Commission to bring high-capacity broadband capabilities to Butler, Conecuh, Crenshaw, Dallas, Escambia, Lowndes, Macon, and Wilcox Counties. Trillion Communications was awarded $59,258,545 for the broadband initiative.