TARCOG supporting Jackson County on Coronavirus Response & Recovery
On March 8, 2021 TARCOG Economic Development & Planning Director, Sara James, presented at the Jackson County Commission meeting on plans for the County’s use of U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds received through the CARES Act for community development activities aimed at responding to and recovering from the coronavirus pandemic. TARCOG’s ED&P department has been assisting several counties in the region with their plans for these funds which have been allocated to the counties by the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs (ADECA). Jackson County is planning to institute a small business assistance grant program aimed at providing working capital to qualified businesses throughout the county as well as helping the county make some technology improvements to support first responders and volunteer fire departments who have been critical in responding to increased calls throughout the pandemic. Remaining funds will support community-based organizations combatting food insecurity issues throughout the County. Applications for the funding are due by April 1 and programmatic activities should begin in the summer.