Statewide Resources

Below is a listing of important statewide resources. Click on the heading to expand.

Serving as the official website for the state of Alabama, provides a wealth of information and resources in the areas of education, government, recreation, business and employment. While visiting the site, you can find information on how to: register to vote, find employment, renew your driver’s license and much more.

Alabama Communities of Excellence

Established in 2002, Alabama Communities of Excellence (ACE) is a 501(c)(3) organization that provides technical assistance to select communities with populations ranging from 2,000 to 18,000 in an effort to strengthen long-term economic success. Through a comprehensive, three-phase approach, ACE uses the collective expertise of its partner organizations – ranging from state agencies and associations to banks, utilities, universities and others – to foster unique community development programs. ACE program offers a systematic approach with the necessary technical resources and tools to help Alabama’s small cities promote growth and prosperity by focusing on their distinctive assets and resources. ACE understands the uniqueness of each community, recognizing that every city has different assets, values, concerns and priorities.

Alabama Department of Archives and History

The Alabama Department of Archives and History (ADAH), founded in 1901, was the nation's first publicly funded, independent state archives agency. Located in Montgomery, ADAH identifies, preserves, and makes accessible records and artifacts of enduring historical value to the state and serves as the official repository for records created by state agencies. For more than a century, the department has followed its core tenets of advocating for the preservation of the state's historical resources and promoting education, specifically regarding Alabama's history.

Alabama Department of Commerce

The Alabama Department of Commerce offers information and links to numerous partners.  From specialized industry, environmental permitting, and international partnerships to utilities, demographics, and taxes and incentives, a wealth of information can be found on the department’s website.

Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs

Created by the Alabama Legislature in 1983, the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs (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. Grants 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 we distribute state and federal surplus property to local governments and other qualified organizations.

Alabama Humanities Foundation

Founded in 1974 as a vehicle for awarding grants to grassroots organizations in Alabama, the Alabama Humanities Foundation (AHF) fosters learning, understanding, and appreciation of our people, communities, and cultures. As the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, AHF encourages and promotes appreciation of literature, history, law, philosophy and the arts through programs, events and grants to help others discover and share the meanings of life found through the humanities.

Alabama Public Television (APT)

Alabama Public Television is committed to enriching the lives of Alabama citizens by providing essential educational services with the highest quality direct instructional content through digital streaming and by offering programming that educates the citizenry, giving them the means and the desire to reach their highest potential through the development of a strong work ethic bonded to honesty and integrity as well as the technical training so necessary in today's global economy.

Alabama Secretary of State

The Alabama Secretary of State, John H, Merrill, serves as the Chief Elections Officer. Visit the site for assistance on how to: register to vote, find your polling place, view election results, register a business or to obtain an apostille/certification.

Alabama State Council on the Arts

The Alabama State Council on the Arts (ASCA) is the official state agency for the support and development of the arts in Alabama. The agency supports not-for-profit arts organizations, schools, colleges, units of local government, non-profit organizations programming in the arts for the general public, and individual artists. The Council is a body of fifteen members appointed by the Governor for six-year terms to help promote the arts statewide. A primary responsibility of the Council is to make decisions on grants awarded to support art programs and arts education throughout the state. Members come from diverse areas of the state and backgrounds, ranging from arts educators, to professional artists, to community arts volunteers. ASCA receives an annual appropriation from the Alabama Legislature and additional funds from the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.

Alabama Tourism Department

The Alabama Tourism Department (ATD) helps ensure that Alabama’s economy gains maximum benefits from tourism. Its purpose is to promote travel to and through Alabama. It does this both national and internationally. The agency was created in October 1951 by legislative act as the Bureau of Publicity & Information. The name was amended and changed in May 1984 to Bureau of Tourism & Travel and changed again in 2010 to the present name. The ATD, as mandated by the Legislature, is entitled with “exclusive power and authority to plan and conduct all state programs of information and publicity designed to attract tourists to the state of Alabama.” ATD is funded by one-fourth of the 4 percent state lodgings tax collected by all hotels, motels, campgrounds and other accommodations.


ALISON is the Alabama Legislature’s website and legislative tracking system. Built in-house by the Legislature’s tech staff, ALISON provides a wealth of information, including an overview of the legislative process, House and Senate Rules, contact information for the House and Senate, session information (House and Senate Special Order Calendars, prefiled bills, bills, resolutions, confirmation, committees, etc.), meetings and announcements as well as links to other resources.

David Mathews Center for Civic Life

The David Mathews Center for Civic Life is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, non-partisan, tax-exempt corporation that builds skills, habits, and capacities for more effective civic engagement and innovative decision making. The Mathews Center works to strengthen civic life in all 67 Alabama counties via programming that includes convening and moderating deliberative public forums, hosting reporting-out events, conducting moderator and convener training workshops, and developing youth leadership and community engagement opportunities. The Mathews Center also authors the Alabama Civic Health Index to measure how Alabamians engage with each other and the issues they care about.


DesignAlabama is a nonprofit, citizen-led organization that seeks to raise the bar for design in our great state through education of the applied arts, promoting designers who live and work in Alabama and supporting sound design thinking to sustain Alabama’s communities. Its board of directors is made up of design professionals, community development officials and business professionals who champion design. DesignAlabama’s primary mission is to advocate for the collaboration of the design arts and their importance in creating and enhancing place in Alabama.

DRIVE Alabama

DRIVE Alabama is a coalition of community leaders, elected officials, and everyday citizens who are committed to developing a transportation and infrastructure vision that will meet Alabama's 21st century mobility needs.

Encyclopedia of Alabama

Encyclopedia of Alabama is an encyclopedia of our state’s history, culture, geography and natural environment. It is a statewide collaboration that involves more than 40 institutions from across Alabama that share their archives with the project.

Main Street Alabama

Main Street Alabama began in 2009 and incorporated in 2010 to serve as state coordinator of the Main Street program. It follows a 30-year-old model for community revitalization that has seen great success nationwide. A nonprofit organization, Main Street Alabama stresses public-private partnerships, broad community engagement, and strategies that create jobs, spark new investment, attract visitors, and spur growth. Main Street builds on the authentic history, culture, and attributes of specific places, to bring sustainable change.

The Office of the Governor

Kay Ivey was sworn in as the 54th Governor of the State of Alabama in the Old Senate Chamber in the Alabama State Capitol by Acting Chief Justice Lyn Stuart. Visit the website, Office of the Governor of Alabama, to learn more about her priorities, to view recent press releases or to request a meeting, proclamation or certificate.

Shop Alabama

Shop Alabama promotes Alabama retailers and the contributions they make to their individual communities. Spending your money with Alabama retailers returns the most to your local economy. By shopping locally, you’re supporting your friends and neighbors – the ones who sponsor your Little League teams, donate to your fundraisers, and reinvest their time and money into your community. Connect with us on social media, and show us why you #ShopAlabama.

Your Town Alabama

Small communities of Alabama are facing a range of critical issues. In some cases, it is a loss of population from out-migration and a resulting loss of jobs. In others, it is rapid growth from suburban expansion, or the location of a new institutional or industrial facility, or an influx of retirement population. These issues affect the vitality of the community, its design and sense of place. The Your Town Alabama workshop focuses on an important aspect of community spirit and community integrity: the process of design. The workshop aims specifically to introduce small town and rural technical assistance providers and decision makers to the role of design in community planning. It important to understand that everything is connected.