5 cities in the Wiregrass are chosen to take part in the Economic Development Academy


OZARK, Ala. (WDHN) — Elba, Geneva, Ozark, Enterprise and Opp were chosen to take part in an Economic Development Academy hosted by the Alabama League of Municipalities.

This is the inaugural year of the Economic Development Academy and city leaders from around the state will gather November 1 in Montgomery for an orientation.

Then they will attend four meetings over the next year and will learn about economic development and how they can grow their communities.

After the four meetings they will be asked to take an economic survey and also complete a project for their respective communities.

“What this academy will do is it will educate our community leaders in economic development,” Ozark-Dale County Economic Development Corporation President, Holle Smith said. “So that they will understand the process in same way that I do and we can work together to be on the same page. It makes them understand the confidentiality and some of the legal processes and best practices in recruiting industries and making agreements.”

30 communities in total were chosen in the state of Alabama to take part in this academy. This will enable citizens to grow their communities and grow the state of Alabama.

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