Aliceville seeks to rethink its economic future

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ALICEVILLE, Ala. (WBRC) – The closure of a business in a western Alabama town has served as a wake-up call for the city to re-examine its economy.

The permanent stoppage of Piggly Wiggly in Aliceville was noticeable and painful. The closure of Piggly Wiggly in 2021 has prompted community leaders to think outside the box and take nothing for granted.

This led to the first-ever meeting at Aliceville City Hall, a gathering of local community leaders, including those who own businesses. The essence of the meeting was to brainstorm what can be done to attract more business to Aliceville. The population here is around 2,500 people. The mayor says the goal is to focus on what Aliceville offers. Part of the plan moving forward is to get started and talk to potential businesses.

“You know, one of the organizations I’m in says use what you got, do what you need. So the Aliceville area is full of timber, hardwoods and that kind of stuff. , so we’re a breadbasket when it comes to woodworking, so we’re trying to look at areas with industries…big industries where we can bring these people in,” Mayor Terrence Windham said.

Mayor Windham says the first community meeting was successful and they plan to meet quarterly with the next meeting scheduled for January 2023.

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