Officials hope Scottsboro award will grow area economic development

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SCOTTSBORO, Ala. (WHNT) -- Jackson County leaders say a recognition designated to the city of Scottsboro could potentially grow the area's economic development, and continue its goal of sustainable practices.

The City of Scottsboro is designated as a 'Valley Sustainable Gold Community' in an economic development program initiated by TVA.

The Jackson County Economic Development Authority aided in the city's participation of the program. It also established a sustainability team that helped document Scottsboro’s goals on an environmental, economic, and social level. The city implemented various sustainable practices for the last few years.

"There are three levels, silver, gold and platinum and so three in Alabama received a gold level and we were one of them," said Mayor Melton Potter.

Mayor Potter says to get that recognition, officials look at sustainable methods the city is utilizing.

"Our recycling program here in the City certainly helped, our gas collection at our landfill where we generate electricity certainly helps, and they also look at the downtown redevelopment that we're going through," Mayor Potter said.

The City is looking at other practices, such as the school system using energy-saving methods.

Officials say the recognition will resonate in the area's economic development.

“Our community has implemented sustainable practices that are quite impressive for a city the size of Scottsboro," said Jackson County Economic Development Authority Marketing Director Marilyn Lott. "Because of this recognition, companies focused on sustainability will take notice and this will build on our existing economic development marketing efforts.”

“Our goal in participating in this program is to attract new investment and jobs by demonstrating to companies looking to invest in new or expanded locations that we’re competitive and forward-thinking,” said President and CEO of Jackson County Economic Development Authority Dus Rogers.

Overall, Mayor Potter says the City has done the job well, and it's a job they plan on continuing.

"It really does make me proud, some of the things we've been able to implement in the last few years," Mayor Potter said.