The University of Alabama Center for Economic Development
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Ace of Spaces
Miranda, the director of the University of Alabama’s Center for Economic Development, told community stakeholders and city representatives that one of ACE’s goals is to work with up-and-coming communities in the state, and to help those cities thrive.
Shades Creek Greenway recognized as Birding Trail
This is the first Birding Trail location in Homewood and will be part of the Appalachian Highlands region. The trail is a partnership with the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, University of Alabama Center for Economic Development and Birmingham Audubon Society.
Ten New Locations Added to Alabama Birding Trails Program
The Alabama Birding Trails is a partnership of the Alabama Birding Trails, Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, University of Alabama Center for Economic Development, and Birmingham Audubon.
Walker County Lake, which is part of the West Alabama Birding Trail, is home to a nesting pair of eagles for part of the year.
Guntersville is an Alabama Community of Excellence basking in a lake-effect glow
So, under the guidance of ACE, the city embarked on a $5 million downtown enhancement project. It was the first of many steps that Guntersville has taken to strengthen its long-term economic prospects through leadership development and strategic planning, using lessons learned from the ACE program.
Montevallo puts the pieces together as an Alabama Community of Excellence
“ACE provided us with a platform to consolidate our vision as a community,” second-term Montevallo Mayor Hollie Cost said. “They brought us together to develop a strategic plan, and then we had direction. We had a real path for moving forward, so we were able to clearly define our goals as a community.”
Birding Trails in Alabama
Joe Watts, a consultant with the University of Alabama Center for Economic Development, said the state’s system of trails was completed in 2013 and offers birders a variety of habitats and opportunities for seeing unique species throughout the year.
There’s no doubting Thomasville as an Alabama Community of Excellence
“Even before ACE, we’ve always tried to make sure that everybody in our community – schools, businesses, City Council, Chamber of Commerce – is on the same page and doing what they can in their niche to make our community the best it can be,” Day said. “Once we got involved in the ACE program, we were able to take that to a whole new level in a way we never would have been able to do by ourselves. Small towns need guidance on how to accomplish things, and ACE provided the catalyst to pull all our personalities together and make the progress we needed.”
Heflin is happening, thanks to Alabama Communities of Excellence
“It was ACE that really got us started several years ago,” Maloney said. “That’s what created this leadership to let us capitalize on the passion of the citizens here, and gave us a strategic approach to moving this town forward. ACE shows you how to do big things with little resources.”
Haleyville answers the call as an Alabama Community of Excellence
“ACE gives you the structure of how to work on these things, then it goes through the steps of how to accomplish them,” said Haleyville Mayor Ken Sunseri, who was elected in 2008 and is serving his third term. “It gives you a snapshot of where you are and where you want to be, and the availability of the assets you can tap into. Things that small communities might not be familiar with.”
ACE Designates Three Communities as an "Alabama Community of Excellence" and
Announces the 2017 Incoming Class
The ACE Partner organizations providing funding in 2017 include: Alabama Department of
Commerce; Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs; Alabama League of
Municipalities; Alabama Mountain Lakes Tourist Association, Alabama Municipal Electric
Authority; Alabama Power Company; Alabama Small Business Development Center Network;
Auburn University – Government and Economic Development Institute; Goodwyn, Mills and
Cawood, Inc.; PowerSouth Energy Cooperative; Regions Bank; Southeast Gas; The University of Alabama Center for Economic Development and The University of West Alabama. ACE also is receiving grant funding from the Appalachian Regional Commission.
Alabama Communities of Excellence marks 15 years of boosting towns across the state
Working with ACE are Alabama Power, the Alabama Department of Commerce, Regions Bank, the Alabama Small Business Development Network, the Alabama League of Municipalities, Alabama Mountain Lakes Tourist Association, Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs, Alabama Historical Commission, Alabama Municipal Electric Authority, Auburn University Government and Economic Development Institute, the University of Alabama Center for Economic Development, the University of West Alabama, the U.S. Department of Agriculture-Rural Development, Southeast Alabama Gas District, PowerSouth Energy Cooperative and Goodwyn, Mills and Cawood Inc.
Smith Mountain Trail Talk - Signage project will highlight more that just CRATA paths
The Piedmont Plateau Birding Trail, which is part of the Alabama Birding Trails system and includes several sites throughout the lake area, also will be highlighted in the Smith Mountain signage project now under way.
Program aims to create lifelong readers
The University of Alabama Center for Economic Development, along with the Alabama Cooperative Extension System, promoted the National Education Association's Read Across America Day by providing Dr. Seuss-themed reading kits to 21 schools in seven counties in the Black Belt region.
Tourism becoming big business in west Alabama
Thanks to a recent collaborative effort between the University of Alabama’s Center for Economic Development, the Appalachian Regional Commission and multiple economic development entities within the region, tourism is quickly becoming big business for seven west Alabama counties.
UA Center Sends Reading Kits to Black Belt Schools
The University of Alabama Center for Economic Development, along with the Alabama Cooperative Extension System, is promoting the National Education Association’s Read Across America Day by providing Dr. Seuss-themed reading kits to 21 schools in seven counties in the Black Belt region.
Bluewater Paddling on a Green River
Several organizations — including the Cahaba River Society, the Nature Conservancy, the Freshwater Land Trust and The University of Alabama Center for Economic Development (UACED) — are seeking to change this and turn the river into a legitimate tourism attraction through the creation of the Cahaba Blueway.
Lend A Hand: Book drive benefiting Black Belt schools begins in February
The month-long University of Alabama Center for Economic Development's Books for the Alabama Black Belt campaign begins Feb. 1. The annual campaign gathers donations of gently-used, classic and award-winning books...
Book campaign begins next month
The 2017 Books for the Alabama Black Belt Campaign will be throughout the month of February. One book can change a life; 42,000 children need your help. The annual project is sponsored by The University of Alabama Center for for Economic Development...
UA Books for Alabama Black Belt Campaign Begins
The campaign offers an opportunity for students and area residents to donate new or gently used classic and award-winning books frequently found on school reading lists for K-12 children.
Rural Alabama county looks to jumpstart economy with tourism
"It's a very low-population-based county" of 12,000 people, said Nisa Miranda, director of UA's Center for Economic Development, which has partnered with Auburn University to come up with a plan for the county at the behest of Rep. Gary Palmer, R-Hoover. Coosa is "very naturally beautiful, with creeks, rivers bounding it and creeks running through it," Miranda said.
Bird's the word as Wind Creek State park get new trail sign
The panel highlights the park as a major area within the Piedmont Plateau Birding Trail and the Alabama Birding Trails systems.
Alabama Black Belt Project aims to instill love of reading
The University of Alabama Center for Economic Development has completed the 10th consecutive year of providing leadership and coordination of the Books for the Alabama Black Belt project.
Wetlands Park Get Signage
On the boardwalk that meanders through the Florala Wetlands Park, a man sat enjoying his lunch. Asked if he was aware he was in the midst of a birding trail, he said, “Really, I just bring my lunch here sometimes. But we do have birds of prey.”
Confederate Memorial Park gains new birding trail sign
A new sign was erected on Tuesday that highlights the Piedmont Plateau birding trail at Confederate Memorial Park in Chilton County.
Outdoor Classroom Sites on Alabama's Birding Trails (see page 6)
The Alabama Birding Trails (http://alabamabirdingtrails.com/) and the Environmental Educators Association of Alabama (EEAA) are teaming up together with a new and exciting project to bring the classroom to the outdoors!
The Clanton Advertiser: Local Leaders Attend Economic Development Workshop
Chilton County could be primed for economic development, and local leaders spent time Wednesday learning about the topic. An economic development workshop titled “How Communities Compete for Industry” was held at the Alabama Power Conference Center. Guest speakers incuded Ephraim Stockdale and Patrick Murphy from Alabama Power, Ted Clem from the Alabama Department of Commerce, Connie Bainbridge from Central Alabama Electric Cooperative and Nisa Miranda from the University of Alabama.
Business Alabama: Blazing a New Trail
The University of Alabama Center for Economic Development is a spearhead for outdoor trails development — an often-untapped potential for Alabama’s rural communities.
Business Alabama: All Hail the Trail
Alabama tourism promoters were quick to master the development of the trails package. It began big with golf but rolls on to include brisket, birds and the biggest tour track of rivers in the country.
Founded in 1987 The University of Alabama Center for Economic Development (UACED) directed by Nisa Miranda, serves as a gateway to technical assistance resources at The University of Alabama. Through the utilization of professional staff and customized project teams, UACED assists communities, agencies and organizations to take an “asset based” planning approach to economic development opportunities.