Economic Development

The Regional Planning Commission of Greater Birmingham’s Economic Development Department operates as the service provider for the U.S. Department of Commerce’s designated economic development district (EDD) and the Appalachian Regional Commission’s local development district (LDD) for the six-county area. The Economic Development staff offers a variety of services primarily focused on financial tools. Federal funding allows the staff to offer multiple services to member governments. Additionally, the staff is actively involved in facilitating economic development throughout the region and fostering cooperation between the public and private sectors. The RPCGB manages the Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) for the region. The strategy allows the RPCGB to identify and implement the projects necessary for economic development and to best leverage state and federal funds.


  • Loan Programs
  • Grant-writing Assistance for Member Governments, including Economic Development Administration grants, Appalachian Regional Commission grants and Community Development Block grants.
  • Regional Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy



Jesslan Wilson
Economic Development Specialist
Email Jesslan or call (205) 251-8139

Request for Qualifications

The RPCGB is requesting qualifications from environmental consultants interested in helping the agency develop its brownfields redevelopment program. This project would involve applying for an EPA Assessment grant and using those funds to redevelop brownfields throughout our six-county region. Please see the Request for Qualifications (RFQ) document for more information. All RFQs must be received prior to 12:00 PM CST on Friday, February 15th, 2019. All questions regarding this notice should be directed to Jesslan Wilson, Economic Development Specialist, at