Utilizing nature and heritage-based tourism is an important economic development strategy. UACED works with Alabama communities to assist them in showcasing their assets. Outdoor recreation is a focal point of the vacation experience for many Alabamians as well as out-of-state tourists.
South West Alabama
In conjunction with the Alabama-Tombigbee Regional Commission and the Ala-Tom Resource Conservation and Development Council, UACED has worked with 11 counties in Southwest Alabama including Choctaw, Clarke, Conecuh, Dallas, Escambia, Marengo, Monroe, Perry, Sumter, Washington and Wilcox in a tourism development project. The project began in 2006 to create opportunities for increased visitation and tourism through marketing efforts, partnering between counties and communities, and the development of several touring trails including Birding Trails, Ghosts of Alabama’s Black Belt Trail, the Gee’s Bend Quilt Murals Trail, and a culinary trail throughout the region. Visit the Alabama’s Front Porches website (www.alabamasfrontporches.org) which highlights all of the incredible sites, destinations, and events that exist in the Alabama Tombigbee region of rural southwest Alabama.
Through a partnership with the Appalachian Regional Commission, UACED staff is working with leaders in nine counties in Eastern Alabama that share rich historical, cultural and natural resources which are vital to promote tourism. A regional website has been created which showcases the major destinations; driving routes and interesting activities throughout the region. The counties include: Chambers, Cherokee, Clay, Cleburne, Coosa, Randolph, Talladega and Tallapoosa. Visit the website (www.toureastalabama.com) to learn more about this exciting region of Alabama.