The University of West Alabama Regional Center for Community and Economic Development – Black Belt Economic Development Alliance

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The Black Belt Economic Development Alliance website is sponsored in collaboration with the University of West Alabama's
Division of Outreach Services
Station 35
Livingston, AL 35470
tel: 205–652–3665
fax: 205–652–3516

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January 19, 2015 - January 21, 2015
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May 16, 2015 - May 19, 2015
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For additional information and professional services in the regional counties and communities please contact our Regional Partners:


Choctaw County

Probate Judge, Dewayne May

117 S. Mulberry, Suite 9

Butler, AL 36904

205.459.2417 Office


Clarke County

Debra Mathews, Director

Economic Development

114 Court Street Suite 208

Grove Hill, AL 36451

251.275.4254 Office

251.275.8517 Fax


Dallas County

Tim Wood

Economic Development Authority Center for Commerce

912 Selma Avenue

Selma, AL 36701

334.875.8365 Office

334.875.8453 Fax


Greene County
Phillis Belcher, Executive Director

Greene County Industrial Development Authority

P.O. Box 70
Eutaw, AL 35462
205.372.9769 Office
205.372.9974 Fax


Hale County

Leland Avery

P.O. Box 396

Greensboro, AL 36744

334.624.8740 Office

334.624.8725 Fax


Lowndes County

LaRue Pringle, Chairman

1730 Fredrick Douglass Road
Lowndesboro, AL 36752

334.288.5389 Office

Marengo County

Marengo County Economic Development

P.O. Box 480971
Linden, AL 36748
334.295.4417 Office

334.549.7977 Mobile



Perry County

Keisha T. Abrahams, Executive Director

Perry County Center for Economic Development

P.O. Box 1146

Marion, AL 36756

334.505.9124 Office


Pickens County

Laura Russell, Director

Pickens County Industrial Development Authority

P.O. Box 29

Carrollton, AL 35447

205.367.8149 Office

205.367.8565 Fax

Sumter County

Ken Walker, Director

Division of Outreach Services

Guy Hunt Hall Room 128- Station 35

Livingston, AL 35470

205.652.3665 Office

205.652.3516 Fax


Wilcox County

Trina L. Nicholson

Economic Developer

P.O. Box 488

Camden, AL 36726

334.682.2020 Office