Week of July 8, 2013

  • Published: July 8, 2013
  • No more preclearance
    The U.S. Justice Department has issued a statement that, in light of Shelby County v. Holder, it will not be making any determination regarding pending or prospective preclearance applications, meaning that there is no need to continue sending applications. To learn more, visit this webpage.

    Grant deadline extended
    The deadline to apply for most categories of CDBG funding this year has been extended to noon on Aug. 19, 2013. Check this memo from ADECA for details.

    Montgomery basics
    Since commissioners had indicated an interest in learning more about how to effectively represent their counties before members of the Alabama Legislature, a new course has been scheduled for later this year. The course, Legislative & Governmental Relations, is an elective through the Alabama Local Government Training Institute, and it can be used toward completion of either the Level I or Level II programs. It is offered Dec. 3-4 in conjunction with the ACCA Legislative Conference Dec. 4-5.

    Connect to broadband
    The Economic & Community Development Institute, a partnership of Auburn University and the Alabama Cooperative Extension System, will host the Alabama Broadband Summit on July 24-25 in Prattville. Get the details here.

    New county-level housing data
    The Alabama Housing Finance Authority has released an updated version of its comprehensive demographic analysis. Called “Sweet Home Alabama Revisited,” the report features county-level data based on 2010 census data.