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