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  • Launched in the summer of 2009, Alabama Black Belt Adventures (ALBBA) is an initiative to advance the welfare of the Black Belt region in a manner that provides economic and ecological benefits to the 23 county region and its citizens through the marketing and promotion of the natural resources and outdoor recreational opportunities.
  • These assets include hunting, fishing, birding, canoeing, whitewater rafting, hiking, and the historical and cultural amenities.
  • The counties that define the Alabama Black Belt Adventures Association region are: Barbour, Bullock, Butler, Choctaw, Clarke, Conecuh, Crenshaw, Dallas, Greene, Hale, Lee, Lowndes, Macon, Marengo, Monroe, Montgomery, Perry, Pickens, Pike, Russell, Sumter, Tuscaloosa, and Wilcox.
  • There are more than 11 million acres in the boundaries of this region.
  • Nationally, 33.9 million people participate in hunting/fishing with expenditures of almost $76.7 billion.
  • In Alabama, hunting/fishing has an economic impact of $2.7 billion, supports 30,500 jobs, and generates $166 million in state and local taxes.
  • The total economic impact of hunting/fishing in the Black Belt region of Alabama is almost $1billion. This industry supports 10,980 jobs for Black Belt residents and generates $60 million in state and local taxes.
  • There are approximately 74 hunting and fishing lodges found in Alabama and 59 are located in the Black Belt region, representing 80% of the total.
  • Birmingham is the top source of resident hunting/fishing license sales followed by Mobile and Montgomery.
  • 33.4% of non-resident hunting/fishing license sales come from Florida, followed by Georgia and Louisiana respectively.

 

 Supporting Facts for Initiative:

  • The region’s natural resources and abundance of wildlife makes it distinctive and sets it apart from other areas of the state and southeast;
  • Utilize the natural assets and recreational opportunities as the economic development tool;
  • Location: within a 350 mile radius there are more than 11.5 million people in urban areas with easy access via major north/south and east/west interstate system;
  • Longer hunting season and more generous bag limits than most states and fishing is practically year-round;
  • Black Belt region lacks infrastructure and workforce to sustain manufacturing industry;
  • Relieve subsidize tax burden of Alabama residents;
  • Support and educate lodge and land owners on diversification of natural resource enterprise development.

 

Benefits:

  • Job creation;
  • Increase revenues;
  • Provide tax relief;
  • Environmentally friendly;
  • Encourages healthier lifestyle;
  • Improves image;
  • Gives young people reason to return home

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<p>Counties included are Barbour, Bullock, Butler, Choctaw, Clarke, Conecuh, Crenshaw, Dallas, Greene, Hale, Lee, Lowndes, Macon, Marengo, Monroe, Montgomery, Perry, Pickens, Pike, Russell, Sumter, Tuscaloosa, Wilcox. Counties included are Barbour, Bullock, Butler, Choctaw, Clarke, Conecuh, Crenshaw, Dallas, Greene, Hale, Lee, Lowndes, Macon, Marengo, Monroe, Montgomery, Perry, Pickens, Pike, Russell, Sumter, Tuscaloosa, Wilcox.

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