Resource council benefits Butler residents

Published 7:00 am Thursday, October 5, 2023

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The Alabama Association Mid-South Resource Conservation and Development (RC&D) Council made its way through Butler County on Sept. 26, visiting Georgiana High School, the Georgiana Fire Department, the Greenville Chamber of Commerce, and the Greenville Elementary School. 

The council’s purpose is to accelerate the conservation, development and utilization of natural and human resources, foster economic and community growth and development, and to enhance the environment and standard of living of all Alabama citizens.

Chris Sells, District 90 State Representative, said without the RC&D program operating throughout Alabama, a lot of communities would not be able to develop and grow due to the lack of funding.

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“The RC&D councils provide funding to organizations in need of seed money, which in most cases is the catalyst for completing a major project in a city,” Sells said. “Other times, agencies are financially tapped out until the next year, like schools, and RC&D provides the grants, without the red tape, allowing teachers to broaden and elevate the learning applications for our students, and so on.”

The Mid-South RC&D Council serves Autauga, Bullock, Butler, Elmore, Lee, Lowndes, Macon and Montgomery counties. The council gave large amounts of funding to the following departments and schools in Butler County:

The Butler County Commission, Providence Volunteer Fire Department, Butler County Extension Service, Butler County Sheriff’s Department, City of Greenville Fire Department, City of Greenville Police Department, Liberty Volunteer Fire Department, Searcy Volunteer Fire Department, Greenville Elementary School, Greenville High 

Tracy Salter, Chamber of Commerce Executive Director, said they were thrilled to host several of the grant presentations on the Chamber of Commerce grounds.  

“So many wonderful entities and organizations received much needed grant funding from Mid South RC&D,” Salter said. “All of which makes a positive impact right here in Butler county.”

Robert Stewart, Alabama Senator of District 23, said the council will improve the quality of life for our region. 

“What we saw with today’s actions with Mid-South RC&D is our government at work—working for the people,” Stewart said. “I would like to express my gratitude to Mid-South RC&D for connecting communities and worthwhile organizations with resourceful grant funding opportunities that will improve the quality of life of our region and state at large.”