Community Development

Community Development

History of the Council…
44 Years of Rural Development (1973 – 2017)

Since its inception in 1973 The Alabama Mountains, Rivers & Valleys RC&D Council (formerly Tennessee Valley Resource Conservation & Development Council) has completed more than five hundred projects. Beginning with the Road Bank Stabilization project in Cullman County the Council has benefited its member counties by bringing in over nine million dollars; nearly one third of this has been applied since 1990. For the first part of this period much of this money was allocated directly from the RC&D program funding. Since 1989 RC&D has received most of its financial support from other government and private funding sources in the form of grants and participatory assistance.

The Council has also sought to include community leaders outside the three traditional appointed members by developing new membership categories; towns, individuals and businesses. This allows the people involved with our projects to become members and has resulted in an increase in interest in the program.

The revision of the 1973 original plan in 1996 involved many of the valley’s citizens and organizations and took more than two years. Each county was asked to have local meetings. At these meetings lists of local ideas about how RC&D could best serve that county were developed. These ideas were collected and presented to the Council. The Council then met as a committee to select those ideas that were appropriate and do-able. The ideas were then incorporated into a plan. In 2002 The Board of Directors updated the ’96 plan. The Council adopted the plan and its goals and objectives at its annual meeting in October of 2002.