The Top of Alabama Regional Council of Governments (TARCOG) was awarded a $455,000 grant from the Office of Economic Adjustment (OEA) to assist local governments surrounding Redstone Arsenal (RSA) with creating policies that will prevent the encroachment of civilian activities from impairing the operational utility of RSA.
The City of Huntsville led the Joint Land Use Study (JLUS) in 2019 – an effort that identified potential threats to RSA military operations that this Implementation Project will address. The goal of the project is to preserve and protect the public health, safety, and general welfare of those living near RSA, protect and preserve military readiness and defense capabilities while supporting continued community economic development, enhance civilian and military communication and collaboration, and increase public awareness of the military missions occurring on RSA.
“TARCOG is excited to be carrying the baton, handed off by the City of Huntsville, in this leg of this important journey to ensure RSA’s continued viability” said Michelle Gilliam Jordan, TARCOG’s Executive Director. “I’m looking forward to the tools that will be created for our member communities to use as they continue to thrive and grow next to one of the most important economic engines in Alabama” said Sara James, TARCOG Economic Development and Planning Director, and Project Lead.
TARCOG will work hand in hand with RSA Leadership, and a Policy Committee and Technical Committee comprised of local officials and representatives from the Cities of Huntsville and Madison, Town of Triana, Madison, Marshall, and Morgan Counties, and RSA, that will give guidance, provide input, and approve the scope of work for this important plan.
Work will begin in the Spring of 2021 and conclude in the summer of 2022.