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MONTGOMERY, Alabama – Job-creation efforts in rural Alabama are gaining momentum from an increased level of cooperation between economic developers at state and local levels and a regional approach that has helped sharpen strategic thinking and build alliances.

Wayne Vardaman, executive director of the Selma & Dallas County Economic Development Authority, is directing a renewed push by the Economic Development Association of Alabama (EDAA) to help the state’s rural communities better compete for projects and jobs.

“A lot of good things are already coming out of our efforts,” Vardaman says. “Right now, there is more traction for this effort than there has ever been. We all seem to be more in sync.”

DCOM-Ag-SnipeThe EDAA-led campaign is designed to give a new level of support for economic developers working in Alabama’s rural areas by providing them with collaboration, education and improved lines of communication. Vardaman says this regional  approach already has fostered teamwork and networking.

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