Mr. Jim Byard is the ACE representative for The Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs (ADECA). ADECA was established to streamline and professionalize the management of a number of federally-funded programs administered by the state. Today, ADECA is responsible for administering a broad range of state and federal programs that contribute to the department’s mission — Building Better Alabama Communities. Each year ADECA distributes hundreds of millions of dollars to Alabama cities, counties, non-profit organizations and others. The grants they offer support economic development projects, infrastructure improvements, job training, energy conservation, law enforcement, traffic safety, recreation development and assistance to low-income families. ADECA also works to monitor and protect Alabama’s water resources, and distributes state and federal surplus property to local governments and other qualified organizations.
ADECA’s programs are as diverse as the people of Alabama and impact every corner of the state. The department works to assist children, the elderly, victims of crime and abuse, the disadvantaged and poor and the unemployed. Businesses, local governments, schools and non-profit organizations benefit from the hundreds of grants and contracts administered by ADECA each year. For additional information, visit the website: http://adeca.alabama.gov/