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Grant-writing and Administration

  • The department prepares grant applications and administers grants from Alabama Department of Economic & Community Affairs (ADECA), Economic Development Administration (EDA), Delta Regional Authority (DRA), Alabama Department of Transportation (ALDOT), AL Power Foundation, Alabama Emergency Management Agency (AEMA), Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), etc.
  • Recent projects include the following: Opelika Industrial Park Sewer, Phenix City Water Line Replacement, Lee County Water Line, Lee County Water Festival Educational Coloring Books, ADECA Energy Grants, Smith Station Walking Trail, Lee County Recreation Park, Russell County Senior Center, Smith’s Station Senior Center, Lee County Highway project, Russell County Ball fields, Twin Gates Drive in Hurtsboro Buyout Program, AEMA Mitigation Plan Coordination for Lee and Russell Counties including related updates, Emergency Shelter Grant for Russell County, Emergency Food and Shelter Program for Lee County, Russell County Weather Warning Siren HMGP, Russell County Individual Saferoom Grant, etc.
    • The Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP) was created in 1983 to supplement and expand the work of local social service agencies, both non-profit and governmental, in an effort to help people with economic (not disaster-related) emergencies. To obtain more information or be notified of future funding opportunities, please contact Megan McCollough at or call 334-528-9203.
    • Congratulations to the following grantees awarded funds for Phase 32 of the Emergency Food and Shelter Program: Alabama Council on Human Relations ($5,000.00), Domestic Violence Intervention Center ($13,500.00), East Alabama Food Bank ($20,380.00), Christian Cares Ministries ($3,017.00), His Place/Harvest Evangelism ($2,500.00) and Unity Wellness ($3,000.00).

Revolving Loan Fund Program

  • The fund provides low-interest, long-term financing to small and medium-sized businesses.
  • The program is intended to fill the gap between what the bank can lend and what the borrower can provide in equity.
  • This fund helps to create and maintain jobs within the Lee and Russell County borders.

RLF Brochure & RLF Application

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Existing Industry Program

Comprehensive Planning

  • Assist the Lee County Emergency Management Agency and Russell County Emergency Management Agency to develop Natural Hazard Mitigation Plans, Homeland Security Assessments, grant applications and other special projects.
  • Prepared a regional Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) Plan to be used as a guide for economic growth in Lee and Russell County.
  • Developed a scenic byway inventory for Lee and Russell County

2009 Draft CEDS

State Data Center Affiliate

  • Answer Census and Other Data Requests; Participate in Census 2010 Activities

Summary of Local 2000 Census Data

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Transportation Planning & GIS Coordination

  • Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO): The MPO manages federal funds and performs transportation planning for the Auburn-Opelika urbanized area. Plans include the Long-Range Transportation Plan, Transportation Improvement Plan, and the Unified Planning Work Program (Auburn-Opelika MPO)
  • Geographic Information System: A GIS combines computer hardware, software and GIS personnel to capture, manage, analyze and display geographic information.  LRCOG uses a GIS in the development of Transportation Planning documents and in support of LRCOG projects by performing tasks such as: Address Geocoding, Flood Zone Analysis, Demographic Analysis and Cartographic (Map) Production.
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Planning Documents

Lee-Russell Council of Governments
2207 Gateway Drive Opelika, AL 36801-6834
Phone: (334) 749-5264 Fax: (334) 749-6582
1-800-243-5463 (1-800-AGELINE)