Black Belt

New Program Uses Social Media to Promote Tourism in West Alabama

From the West Alabama Newsroom– A new program kicks off in Selma — that uses social media to promote tourism in the Black Belt region. The Southwest Alabama Ambassador program — uses social media and people with a passion for the Black Belt — to show tourists — what the region has to offer. The University of Alabama Center for…

Gov. Ivey Breaks Ground on West Alabama Corridor Project

From the West Alabama Newsroom– Governor Kay Ivey along with state and local officials from five west Alabama counties — broke ground on the long-awaited West Alabama Corridor project Friday in Linden. “All my life I heard people say, if we only had a governor who would just show a little bit of interest in the Black Belt. Just imagine…

U.S. Representative Terri Sewell Announced Over $7 Million in Funding for Head Start Programs

On Wednesday, June 30, U.S. Rep. Terri Sewell (AL-07) announced over $7 million in federal funding for Head Start programs serving Alabama’s 7th Congressional District. This funding will allow Head Start programs to continue preparing Alabama children for success and will grow our economy by helping caregivers get back to work knowing their children are safe and cared for. “Our children are…

Groups Aim to Promote Birding to Boost Black Belt Tourism

From the West Alabama Newsroom– An effort to expand tourism in some west Alabama Black Belt counties aims to bring more jobs and tourism dollars into the region. Land and business owners from Dallas — Perry — and Hale counties — are now exploring ways they can work together to expand eco-tourism industry in the area. They plan to do…

Federal Grants to Alabama—Domestic Violence

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  Federal funding sent from the U.S. Department of Justice to Alabama is going to be used for a variety of domestic violence programs. That includes some organizations in the Black Belt. Family Resource Center of Northwest Alabama (Walker County) – $22,160 for emergency shelter, case management and out-of-shelter services. The organization will also expand services to include an office…

Hunting Season Provides Huge Economic Impact

From the West Alabama Newsroom– Hunting season is just around the corner and outdoorsman all over the state are getting ready. Sportsmen in West Alabama say hunting is more than just a hobby. They say its a way of life. They say the Black Belt area is known for some of the best hunting in the country. And that’s makes…

UWA Offer Education Majors Scholarships and Other Aid

The University of West Alabama is planning to launch a program that would give education majors scholarships and other assistance if they commit to teach in a Black Belt community for at least three years. The first round of scholarships for the Black Belt Teaching Corps will be awarded in the upcoming spring semester. Dean Jan Miller says the Julia…