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b. 1. F. Efforts to work with local economic development offices in rural locations.

Current Narrative:

Forty-five percent of the state’s SCSEP-eligible population is rural.  SCSEP’s definition of rural is based on Rural Urban Commuting Area (RUCA) codes, defined at the census tract level.  Forty-three of Alabama’s 67 counties have 100 percent rural populations. 

Grantees’ greatest obstacles to providing SCSEP services in rural areas and assisting participants to find unsubsidized jobs are all related to shortages: of resources, services, and jobs, particularly in more isolated areas.

Alabama SCSEP sub-grantees have well-established partnerships with local Chambers of Commerce. Sub-grantees often attend meetings in order to network with local business representatives. Through training provided by Senior Service America, sub-grantees regularly get on a Chamber’s agenda to engage employers by promoting both SCSEP and job ready participants.

All SCSEP Grantees in Alabama use local project directors to network with employers, business organizations, and community groups.