A GREATER SHOALS:
The Working Groups Results
WHO WE ARE
Most everyone desires a better tomorrow for themselves, and especially, for their children and grandchildren. This sentiment can be seen in the tremendous growth and prosperity our Nation has experienced since the 1970s. Over the last 50 years, the U.S. population experienced a 60% increase, while the state of Alabama grew about 40% during the same time period.
During this time of population expansion, the Shoals area, Colbert and Lauderdale Counties, experienced very limited growth. Since 1970, the same span of almost 50 years, it is estimated that the population of the Shoals' four largest cities grew fewer than 8,400 people to a current total of 71,202.
As startling as these numbers are, our potential is unlimited. A group of concerned and dedicated community business leaders have come together to create “A Committee for A Greater Shoals” because we believe the potential for our area remains great. The purpose of this Committee is to determine what we can accomplish together to ensure a bright future for our children and grandchildren.
The Committee engaged Public Affairs Research Council of Alabama, or PARCA, to complete a study of the Shoals similar to one they conducted for Greater Birmingham three years ago. After more than a year of planning, fundraising, research and study, we are prepared to share the findings of the PARCA Study.
Please join us on Thursday, February 21st at 7:30 at Shoals LIVE in Florence for the PARCA Study Presentation.
"Unity is strength... when there is teamwork and collaboration, wonderful things can be achieved."
"So powerful is the light of unity that it can illuminate the whole earth."
"United we stand, divided we fall."
"In union there is strength."
"The only limit to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts of today. Let us move forward with strong and active faith."
FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT
We must stop fighting each other over the resources we have! We must now, with unity of purpose and resolve, fight with the resources we have towards a common goal. The future of our communities and generations to come depend upon our success
In a mobile and global economy, adjacent cities and counties are not competing against one another for prosperity. Instead, entire metro areas compete collectively for growth, competing against other metropolitan areas in the state, the region, the nation, and the world.