Business Preparedness Toolkits

WARC has developed a Business Preparedness Toolkit and presentation that will help area businesses prepare for the effects of a disaster. The toolkits are tailored to each county and provide a sample preparedness and continuity of operations plan, support materials, and a listing of local emergency resources.

Data Books

The WARC prepares data books for each of the 7 counties in the region. The books contain information from the 2010 Census and the 2006-2010 American Community Survey for the counties, tracts, and municipalities. Maps of the counties and tracts are also included.

Planning Documents

The purpose of the I-20/59 Corridor Study from Birmingham to Tuscaloosa was to assess the development potential of the area and serve as a guide for evaluating future infrastructure and economic development opportunities. The Study consists of mapped and report data related to area demographics, transportation, water and sewer infrastructure, existing land use, environmental and cultural features and soil constraints. The study also includes a Siting Criteria Matrix to be used for the analysis of potential industrial development sites and shows examples of the rating process. The report was prepared for the Appalachian Regional Commission by the Regional Planning Commission of Greater Birmingham and the West Alabama Regional Commission. The Study was completed in June of 2001.

The West Alabama Regional Commission and the Alabama Tombigbee Regional Commission prepared the study of the interstate corridor between Tuscaloosa and Mississippi for the Economic Development Administration. The study includes parts of three counties: Tuscaloosa, Greene and Sumter. Like previous studies of other interstate corridors, the report assesses the economic development potential of the area along the interstate and serves as a guide for local officials and economic developers. The study contains mapped and report data on area demographics, transportation, existing land use, wetlands and floodplains, slope and soils, cultural features and water and sewer infrastructure. The report also contains detailed information on available industrial parks and buildings and areas that have been evaluated for future development. The study was completed in March of 2004.

The Solid Waste Needs Assessment for the West Alabama Region provides a general overview of current solid waste collection practices and disposal facilities within the region. The assessment was prepared in accordance with Section 7 (Title 22, Chapter 27, Section 46) of Act 89-824 governing solid waste management.

Public comments on the draft West Alabama Economic Development Playbook 2017-2021 may be made by mail (P.O. Box 509, Northport, AL 35476-0509); by fax (205-333-2713) attention: Cory Johnson; or by e-mail (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) . Public comments regarding the Playbook plan draft will be accepted until September 19, 2017.

Regional Information Documents

The purpose of this plan is to record the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) activities of the West Alabama Regional Commission (WARC) and to schedule improvements to comply with the law.

Community Profiles present economic and workforce data for each county and municipality in the west Alabama region. Data is arranged into a set of two sheets for each community that provide the most current Census data from the five-year American Community Survey (ACS) and other sources compiled by WARC.

This document provides commuting pattern information for the counties in the West Alabama Region. This information is based on the 2009-2013 American Community Survey (ACS) and the U.S. Census Bureau OnTheMap Application and LEHD Origin – Destination Employment Statistics data and data from the Alabama Department of Labor.

The GRANT AND LOAN GUIDE FOR LOCAL GOVERNMENTS IN WEST ALABAMA provides information on the most commonly used grant and loan programs for community and economic development activities. The guide focuses on programs available to counties and municipalities and provides Federal and State contacts, program details, grant cycles, and eligibility and funding level information.

The Commission operates a Revolving Loan Fund (RLF) to assist local businesses and industries in their start-up and expansion activities. The goal of the program is to create permanent new jobs for citizens of West Alabama while leveraging private sector investments. For more information, contact the Commission's office at (205)333-2990.
The Commission operates a Revolving Loan Fund (RLF) to assist local businesses and industries in their start-up and expansion activities. The goal of the program is to create permanent new jobs for citizens of West Alabama while leveraging private sector investments. For more information, contact the Commission's office at (205) 333 2990.

The West Alabama Mining and Manufacturing Directory provides listings of companies in Bibb, Fayette, Greene, Hale, Lamar, Pickens and Tuscaloosa counties within 2012 NAICS sectors 21 (Mining) and 31-33 (Manufacturing). The document includes listings by raw material and finished product. Please contact Cory Johnson at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for information.