MONTGOMERY —Gov. Kay Ivey has announced a $200,000 grant to help the town of Woodstock upgrade infrastructure to adequately serve a local school, several businesses and attract new commerce to the area.
Funds from the Appalachian Regional Commission will enable the town to replace an undersized and dilapidated sewage pump station to meet current and future needs. The pump station, located near Interstate 20 in Tuscaloosa County, serves Lake View Elementary School and four businesses and will accommodate future businesses in the rapidly growing area. Although Woodstock is in Bibb County, it provides sewer services to that part of Tuscaloosa County.
“This project involves multiple partners with a common goal of improving services and encouraging growth,” Gov. Ivey said. “I commend the Appalachian Regional Commission for their assistance, and local leaders for having the foresight and the understanding to realize the entire area will benefit from this project. I am pleased to play a role in this improvement.”
The Tuscaloosa County Board of Education is donating the pump for the upgrade which is projected to help meet the demands of any commercial and business growth in the area.
The Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs administers the ARC program in Alabama.
“ADECA is pleased to be a partner with Gov. Ivey, the Appalachian Regional Commission and the town of Woodstock in improving and upgrading this vital service,” ADECA Director Kenneth Boswell said.
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 both Bibb and Tuscaloosa counties, are part of the ARC region and eligible for funds.
ADECA manages a range of programs that support law enforcement, economic development, recreation development, energy conservation and water resource management.
Jim Plott or Mike Presley
ADECA Communications and External Affairs