Tuesday, March 30, 2010

(ADECA) Toolbox for Successful Grants workshop

Anyone interested in grantwriting needs to attend this workshop.
Paul Kennedy

On Tuesday, June 15, 2010, the CEDS Committee will host the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs (ADECA) Toolbox for Successful Grants workshop from 8:30am-12:30pm. Please save the date and spread the word to your respective communities that registration will open up in early May.

Thank you,

Yvonne Murray
Economic Development Specialist
Regional Planning Commission of Greater Birmingham
1731 1st Avenue North, Suite 200
Birmingham, Alabama 35203
Main: (205) 251-8139
Direct: (205) 264-8428
Fax: (205) 264-8480

Thursday, March 25, 2010

"Export 101 - How to Achieve Global Success"

"Export 101 - How to Achieve Global Success"
sponsored by the Interstate 22 Alliance (representing Fayette, Franklin, Marion, Lamar, Walker and Winston Counties) in cooperation with Bevill State Community College and the Alabama Development Office Trade Division. This 1 hour workshop is being presented on March 31, 2010 at 1 p.m. at BSCC in Jasper (see attached flyer for details).
Please help disseminate this message and attached flyer to as many businesses, industries and individuals as possible so that we might facilitate learning and expanding of business into new markets and in turn grow jobs in northwest Alabama.


Alabama Strengthening Communities Project

The Walker County Non-Profit Council has been selected to participate in the Alabama Strengthening Communities Project!!!! This group includes those that submitted applications:

The Arc of Walker County (lead applicant)
Capstone Rural Health Center
Celebrate Recovery
Concerned Citizens for Our Youth (Beacon House)
Durrs-Christ Connection
Equines Assisting Special Individuals (EASI)
Girl Scouts of North Central Alabama
Greater Jasper Area Ministerial Association (GJAMA)
Jasper Area Family Services Center
Literacy Council – Walker County Chapter
Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) Walker County
Walker Area Community Foundation
Walker County Children’s Policy Council
Walker County Human Society

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

$1 Million to Start Regional Loan Fund For Energy-Saving Measures

February 3, 2010

Riley Awards $1 Million to Start Regional Loan Fund For Energy-Saving Measures

MONTGOMERY— Gov. Bob Riley has awarded a $1 million economic stimulus grant to help businesses and governments in five central Alabama counties make upgrades that save energy and cut utility costs.

The grant, awarded to the St. Clair County Commission, will start the Regional Energy Efficiency Revolving Loan Fund for Bibb, Blount, Chilton, St. Clair and Walker counties. Low-interest loans made through the fund will help local governments and businesses finance energy-saving improvements to their facilities. Utility-bill savings can then be used to repay the loan.

“Increasing the energy efficiency of our buildings is a good investment for taxpayers, Alabama businesses and the environment,” Riley said. “The projects made possible by this cooperative financing effort will pay huge dividends for many years to come.”

Projects eligible for loans include purchase and installation of energy-efficient equipment, windows and doors; installation and use of renewable energy technologies; and projects that reduce environmental waste.

St. Clair County officials estimate that 10-20 loans will be made from the initial funding with more financing available as loans are repaid. The Regional Planning Commission of Greater Birmingham will administer the loan fund.

Riley awarded the grant as part of $9.6 million in grants to be awarded under the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant program. The program helps governments and nonprofit groups improve the energy efficiency of buildings and vehicles, reduce fossil fuel emissions and create or retain jobs.

The Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs is administering the award from funds made available to the state by the U.S. Department of Energy as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.

St. Clair County is serving as the chief fiscal agent for the grant. Riley notified Stan Batemon, chairman of the St. Clair County Commission, that the grant had been approved.

Contact: Mike Presley, Larry Childers
For more information, visit: http://www.adeca.alabama.gov/

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Friday, March 19, 2010

CNS - VISTA Position approved for WACF

The Walker Area Community Foundation has just received authorization to bring on a fifth VISTA. We are looking for a talented, highly motivated individual to assist in the development of greater capacity in the Walker County Area. If you or someone you know is interested in one year of service (with some benefits beyond the exceptional experience they will receive), please call me ASAP.

For more information on the Program, eledigibility, etc, check out the link to the CNS website at:http://www.nationalservice.gov/about/programs/americorps_vista.asp

Monday, March 15, 2010

Sherer Family Foundation Fund established at WACF

Press Release - For Immediate Use
Walker County - Jasper, Alabama, USA

We are pleased to announce the establishment of the Sherer Family Foundation Fund as a component fund of the Walker Area Community Foundation in Jasper, Alabama.
Endowed by Dr. and Mrs Jerald M. Sherer of Jasper, Alabama, the fund will be dedicated to support the aesthetic enhancement of our city and surrounding areas.

Community Foundation President John T. Oliver, Jr. said "An endowed fund is a lasting legacy that addresses the needs of today and the challenges of tomorrow. We are very grateful to the Sherer Family for the trust they have placed in the Foundation. By establishing this very generous Designated Fund, the Sherer's are enabling improvements and benefits for our community for generations to come."
This fund is the latest to be established under the Community Foundation's portfolio.

For more information on the Walker Area Community Foundation, its funds and Programs, please contact our staff at (205) 302-0001 or visit us on the web at www.wacf.org

Paul Kennedy
Executive Director
(205) 302-0001 w
(205) 302-0424 f
(205) 300-4062 m