Given the current economic climate, economic development now more than ever is at the forefront of community activities. SCADC assists its member governments by securing funding to support such efforts. SCADC is a designated Economic Development District (EDD) through the U.S. Department of Commerce Economic Development Administration (EDA). It is the responsibility of the staff to keep local governments in the region eligible for financial assistance from EDA through the ongoing development and implementation of the Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS). SCADC is also a designated Local Development District (LDD) with the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC).
SCADC provides economic development services to a seven county area comprising of Bullock, Butler, Crenshaw, Lowndes, Macon, Montgomery, and Pike counties. The agency assists its county and municipal governments by working with local officials, engineers, and architects to structure projects and secure grant funds to provide the necessary infrastructure for the creation and retention of jobs. Our organization is highly experienced in project development and grant administration and works closely with numerous state and federal agencies. Examples of SCADC’s economic development projects are listed below:
Bullock County and the Bullock County Development Authority are working with Gulf States International, Inc to expand the Hicks Industrial Facility so that the company may increase its number of production lines. The County has secured $200,000 in CDBG Economic Development funding.
City of Georgiana (Butler County) suffered a devastating loss in June 2009 when the local saw mill closed and left over 300 local residents unemployed. The City was recently awarded $366,500 in CDBG Economic Development funds for sewer improvements to support Costal Forest Resources Company, a new saw mill locating in the area. The project will result in the creation of 300 jobs and over $6 million in private investment.