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

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See the Black Belt Economic Development Alliance's introductory video to find out more about opportunities in our area.

The Black Belt Economic Development Alliance website is sponsored in collaboration with the University of West Alabama's
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regional overview


January 19, 2015 - January 21, 2015
Economic Development of Alabama's Winter Conference

May 16, 2015 - May 19, 2015
Alabama League of Municipalities Annual Meeting


The Black Belt Economic Development Alliance covers an 11-county region in west Alabama known for its rich soil and rich history. To learn more, scroll over the map below and click on the county you wish to visit.

BBEDA Area Map

This region offers endless opportunities and a rich quality of life. The Black Belt continues to experience positive growth as more people discover its perfect balance between limitless business opportunities, abundant natural resources, diverse cultures, attractive tax structure, and many other favorable conditions that cannot be found elsewhere.

Each county in our alliance offers unique opportunities for developing or expanding industries. However, in the spirit of regionalism, all local governments work together for the greater good of the area's 197,075 residents -- Understanding that one town's success is interdependent on the success of their neighbor.

Pickens County Green County Hale County Perry County Dallas County Lowndes County Sumter County Marengo County Wilcox County Clarke County Choctaw County