Randolph County Economic Development Authority discussed a variety of items at their meeting on June 24, including a recent workforce survey.

The survey has had more than 300 responses and closed at the end of June. Results and information gathered from this survey will be used to improve the quality of life for the county.

Retail Strategies unveiled their marketing plan to members of the RCEDA board and other community leaders. The information is already being used to recruit retail and industry to our county.

RCEDA director Bryant Whaley took part in a focus group for Tanner Medical Center. The need of an orthopedic doctor along with general surgery was a concern of the group. The group also voiced a concern for health care accessibility and health care education.

RCEDA hosted the Opportunity Zone forum on May 28 with Alex Flachsbart of Opportunity Alabama.

RCEDA partnered with Southern Union State Community College to host an OSHA-10 training seminar.

The Circle of Care was awarded additional funding for services in Randolph County to their success of their new location beside the RCEDA office.

Richard Head has resigned as the RCEDA grant writer, but Whaley has taken applications for a replacement.

The RCEDA has a newsletter available if anyone would like one.

The board went into executive session, but no actions were taken at that time.

Unemployment dropped from 4.0 percent in April to 3.4 percent in May.

Coming up

Alabama Industrial Development Leadership Skills 1 has been scheduled for Aug. 19 and 20. LS1 is open to everyone in the business community.

Whaley discussed the need for a Small Business Development Summit. The summit would be a partnership of Jacksonville State University, Southern Union, Retail Strategies and other local business leaders to discuss everything from a business plan to marketing to funding a small business.

Instead of having a job fair this year, the Jobs Task Force has opted to try an "Opportunity Expo." The expo will be a combination of a job fair, health fair and education fair that will be held Oct. 17 from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at Trinity Baptist Church in Roanoke.

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