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Rural Alabama project pipeline sparks new growth — and optimism

ROANOKE, Alabama — Bryant Whaley, the top economic developer for Randolph County, is riding the momentum. Despite the disruptions of a global pandemic, this rural county in eastern Alabama has seen three major corporate growth projects since August 2020, creating over 330 jobs.

Whaley, executive director of the Randolph County Economic Development Authority, is optimistic that even more economic activity is on the way. Recently, plans were announced for a retail development there that will create 40 jobs.

He said Victory Game Clocks, a Roanoke-based maker of scoreboards, play clocks, practice timers and other sports timing devices, is considering an expansion with a new 20,000-square-foot building and 20 additional employees. He’s pumped about other developments, too.

“We just a had a company look at the large building in Wadley, and I am working on a large housing development project in Wedowee, around the lake,” Whaley said.

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