Governor Bentley Announces Appalachian Regional Commission Grant for the City of Moundville

By: Jake Jacobs, Public Affairs Specialist

MONTGOMERY (Governor’s Office) – Governor Robert Bentley on Friday approved an Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) grant for the City of Moundville. The grant, totaling over $125,000 will be used to upgrade Moundville’s waterline.

The investment of these grant funds will allow for the City of Moundville to upgrade their water system infrastructure in the northeastern portion of the city. The project will include the installation of 600 linear feet (L.F.) of 6-inch ductile waterline, 2100 L.F. of 2-inch PVC waterline and 35 service connectors enhancing water access to Moundville residents. In addition, these upgrades will allow for the installation of a new fire hydrant on County Line Road.

“ARC grant funds are the lifeblood of many projects in several of Alabama’s rural counties and it’s because of this funding source that numerous Alabamians experience a greater quality of life,” Governor Bentley said. “I am proud of the partnership Alabama has shared with ARC and the investments they have made in rural cities like Moundville. I hope to continue Alabama’s strong partnership with ARC and for investments to continue to be made in our rural communities.”

Funding for ARC grants are made available annually by appropriations from Congress. The Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs (ADECA) is responsible for the administrative functions of the ARC in Alabama. The ARC is a regional economic development agency that was established by an act of Congress in 1965 to create a partnership between the federal, state, and local government.

“ARC programs have through the years tremendously impacted so many Alabama communities and regions in the way of infrastructure improvements, education and economic opportunities,” ADECA Director Jim Byard, Jr. said “I am extremely proud of our partnership with ARC and the benefits this program is making for residents in Moundville, and has made to numerous other communities during the last 50 years.”

37 rural counties in Alabama fall under the ARC footprint.