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Regional Planning Commission Approves $20.1M Budget

Anniston, Ala:  The East Alabama Regional Planning and Development Commission’s Board of Directors approved a 10% budget increase to $20.1M at their September 25th meeting.  The budget increase comes as the result of the Commission’s success in growing services to local communities and their citizens.  Executive Director, Lori Hodge Corley, praised the staff and board of the Commission for their stewardship and commitment, “Every day staff travels our 10-county region to deliver services, expertise and technical assistance to improve the quality of life for the people of East Alabama.  We are thankful to our Board of Directors for their vision and support.”   

New officers of the Commission will be installed at the November 7th Annual meeting as follows: Chairman: Mayor Bill Baker of Piedmont, Vice-Chairman: Mayor Lew Watson of Lincoln, Treasurer:  Probate Judge Rick Dean of Coosa County, and Secretary: Mayor Donna McKay of Wadley. 

The EARPDC Board also approved an agreement with Sabre Finance (non-profit operated by the Regional Planning Commission of Greater Birmingham) to provide Revolving Loan Fund management and servicing for the EARPDC Fund. This organization has operated a highly successful program in the Birmingham Region over the past 10 years. Underwriting 520 loans totaling $17.5 million, leveraging $140 million in investment, and creating 2444 jobs.   

EARPDC is a multi-purpose public agency providing a wide range of services to member governments within the ten-county service area and to the residents of the region.  The Commission staffs the Calhoun County Metropolitan Planning Organization as well as the Rural Planning Organization and serves as the Local Development District for the Appalachian Regional Commission and the Economic Development District for the EDA.  EARPDC provides grant writing and administration services to member governments including: EDA, USDA, FEMA, CDBG, ARC, LWCF, and RTP grant programs. The Commission offers City and County Planning expertise, mapping, and assistance with the Census, to all member governments on a contractual basis.  The Commission’s Area Agency on Aging serves older adults, their caregivers, and those with disabilities.

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