On January 26, 2011, Governor Robert Bentley signed Executive Order Number Five, establishing the Alabama Rural Development Office. The purpose of the new office is to improve and advance education, healthcare, and economic development in the rural areas of Alabama. The Executive Order also rescinds previous Executive Orders which created the Black Belt Action Commission and the Alabama Rural Action Commission. The missions and responsibilities of the Black Belt Action Commission and the Alabama Rural Action Commission will now be implemented by the Alabama Rural Development Office.

Planning is underway to develop a new website for the Alabama Rural Development Office. Once launched, a link will be added here to direct you to the new website. We appreciate your patience while we strive to bring you information about Governor Bentley’s plans to improve the rural communities of Alabama.