Black Belt counties

Gov. Ivey Awards $750,000 Grant to Help Create Jobs in Alabama’s Black Belt Region

Gov. Kay Ivey has awarded a $750,000 grant to help create 85 new jobs and increase commerce in Sumter County and the state’s Black Belt region. The Sumter County Commission will use funds to improve infrastructure necessary for Enviva, the world’s largest producer of wood pellets, which is investing more than $140 million in building a production facility at the…

Eight Counties with State’s Highest Unemployment All Located in West Alabama

From the West Alabama Newsroom: Black Belt counties in west Alabama consistently have the highest unemployment numbers in the state.  There’s a need for jobs to bring those numbers in line with the state average. “It’s not much work here. I haven’t seen many jobs in this area. They need jobs here,” said Tragus Palmer. Jobs — jobs — jobs….