MONTGOMERY —Gov. Kay Ivey has announced a $1 million grant to improve commerce in north Alabama while improving an existing avenue for importing and exporting goods.
The funds from the Appalachian Regional Commission will be used to make improvements at the Decatur-Morgan County Port Authority. The proposed project is part of a multi-phase $3.3 million upgrade at the facility along the Tennessee River and will augment Alabama’s growing automotive industry in that area.
“Alabama is certainly blessed with numerous waterways that have for centuries served as major avenues for transporting goods to other areas of the United States and the world,” Gov. Ivey said. “I commend local leaders for recognizing the contributions this port facility and this waterway will play in improving commerce in north Alabama.”
ARC funds will be used to provide site preparation and utilities for a 40,000-square-foot warehouse that will be constructed. The warehouse will house raw materials for use by suppliers who furnish components for automobile manufacturers in the region.
The Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs administers the ARC program in Alabama.
“This is another instance where the Appalachian Region Commission has been instrumental in recognizing projects of high importance in Alabama and has been eager to assist,” ADECA Director Kenneth Boswell said. “ADECA joins with Gov. Ivey and local officials in seeing this project to fruition.”
ARC is an economic development agency of the federal government and 13 state governments. The agency’s mission is to innovate, partner, and invest to build community capacity and strengthen economic growth in Appalachia to help the region achieve socioeconomic parity with the nation. Thirty-seven Alabama counties, including Morgan County, are part of the ARC region and eligible for funds.
ADECA manages a range of programs that support law enforcement, economic development, recreation, energy conservation and water resource management.
Jim Plott or Mike Presley
ADECA Communications and External Affairs