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Regionl Data

Regional Data

The Shoals

Colbert & Lauderdale counties, in the NW corner of Alabama,

joined by the Tennessee River



Muscle Shoals (city)

Sheffield (city)

Tuscumbia (city)

Cherokee (town)

Leighton (town)

Littleville (town)


Florence (city)

Anderson (town)

Killen (town)

Lexington (town)

Rogersville (town)

St. Florian (town)

Waterloo (town


When available, select either Florence MSA or Region 1 to see local data.

The Shoals area is the "Florence Metropolitan Statistical Area" (MSA).

All of North AL is "Region 1" (13 counties from the east to west borders across the state). 


A Greater Shoals Coalition


Full Report


Executive Summary




Unique Asset - Educational Opportunities

Alabama Public School System Data

See "Data Center" & "Schools & Systems"

National Student Clearinghouse

post-secondary data

Workforce Readiness Information

More Workforce Readiness Information

US Chamber of Commerce Foundation

Focused on Education & Workforce Readiness issues & solutions, such as:

Alabama Governor Kay Ivey's Education Priorities

500,000 new highly skilled people in the workforce by 2025

North Alabama Works! is a network of businesses and providers of workforce services, including all of the governmental, educational, and private sector components that train, prepare, and match job seekers with employers.

Attend the quarterly Summits to participate in the process of developing just-in-time training for NW AL businesses.

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Contact Candace Williams

Success in the New Economy

This viral animation video helps audiences understand how to ultimately secure a competitive advantage in the new economy. Students must simultaneously receive applied technical skills, industry-recognized certifications, and employability preparation combined with a rigorous general education.

Produced and narrated by Kevin J. Fleming, Ph.D., a work of SUBSTANCE.

Funded by Orange County Career Education:


To educate, encourage, empower & equip individuals & organizations to grow & develop strategies to live a better life personally & professionally.


To motivate others to unlock their potential & determine their destiny.


The mission of the National Student Clearinghouse is to serve the education and workforce communities and all learners with access to trusted data, related services, and insights.


To be a premier resource in serving and supporting the opportunities created by lifelong learning.

Professional Networking Opportunities

Professional Networking Opportunities

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Enhancing the economic vitality of the Shoals through advocacy, connectivity, and education.


The Shoals Chamber of Commerce is the bridge to an educated, productive workforce; an innovative, pro-business climate; and a connected, diverse community.

The Shoals Chamber of Commerce is a non-profit, membership organization that works closely with local, state and federal government to help promote a positive business climate for the Shoals, although it is not a government entity. The Shoals Chamber is dedicated to bolstering economic growth through legislative involvement. By supporting initiatives that help reduce the cost of doing business in the Shoals, the Chamber champions a competitive regional business climate to compete in the national market. 

Get Involved

Get Involved

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The Shoals Area Chamber Foundation accepts tax deductible donations, sponsorships & grants year-round to fund the Chamber's Education & Workforce Readiness programs and activities.

These programs receive no funding from the Chamber's general budget and are only funded through specific donations, sponsorships and grants.

To make a tax deductible donation for the Chamber's Education & Workforce Readiness programs, contact the Shoals Chamber,, 256-764-4661.

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Shoals Chamber's Education &

Workforce Readiness Programs

Volunteers are needed for several Chamber Education & Workforce Readiness programs. 

To volunteer, contact the Chamber,, 256-764-4661.

College & High School Career Tech

Advisory Councils

Business representatives are needed to advise College & High School Career Tech programs about the most current skills and knowledge needs for their future workforce.

Contact any local career technical programs to for details or to volunteer.

Other Resources

Other Resources

Free, on-site seminars, webinars, tools & resources 

to help you achieve your financial goals.

Choose from a variety of topics and other resources.


AFC is a single platform for families to access services and programs.  Its purpose is to help families easily navigate and find links to supports they need.

Parents' Guide for Internet Access for Kids

It is a parent's duty to properly control internet access for children to maximize the good it can do while minimizing potential harm.  

Online education used to be reserved for students enrolled at for-profit colleges and universities. Yet today, hundreds of schools with full accreditation make quality online learning a reality for millions. Whether in kindergarten, middle school or looking to move up with a master's, see how Accredited Online Schools can make a difference.

WGCU has produced 16 Curious Kids shows featuring more than 140 segments highlighting: My Self… healthy eating, exercise and self esteem; My Backyard… the world of Southwest Florida from an environmental and historical perspective; and My World…. Exploring the people, places and environment of Southwest Florida and discovering characteristics shared with countries across the world. 

Great Ideas & Best Practices

Great Ideas & Best Practices

Walker County, Alabama Sheriff's Office

Mercy Project

Our Mercy Project serves as a beacon of hope in today's dark world. The project was designed to help struggling addicts fight to beat the stronghold of addiction.

We all know that there is a drug issue in today's society. Drugs have affected someone you know, whether it be in your family, a friend, or even yourself. Our project serves to break those habitual behaviors and dependency on illicit drugs, and get one back on his or her feet. This program is at no cost to the program participant or to Walker County taxpayers.

Our goal is to help those who can no longer afford themselves the opportunity of freedom from addiction. We help bridge those who've pushed away their family and friends to rebuild their lives in a new, positive direction.

We tailor-make a plan to help aide those in need. We look to mental, physical, and spiritual aspects of one's life to enhance their chances of beating the tug of drugs in one's life.

Providing employers with a toolkit of resources they can use — free of charge — to help them prepare, prevent, and respond to this crisis.

Helping employees break the bonds of addiction, get and stay healthy, keeps them creative, innovative and productive. And that makes Arkansas strong.

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