Alabama Economic and Social Commission

By: Danielle Eldredge Email
By: Danielle Eldredge Email

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - With his administration's eight-year
term nearing an end, Alabama Gov. Bob Riley has celebrated one of
his most ambitious efforts, creation of a commission to improve
economic and social conditions in the Black Belt region of west and
central Alabama.

At a luncheon at Alabama State University Monday, Riley bragged
about the commission's successes including economic development
projects, vision screenings for more than 70,000 students and
distance learning classes at high schools across the region.

But Riley also faced questions about disappointments, such as
latest figures showing unemployment at 21.9 percent in Wilcox
County, 19 percent in Greene and 18.3 percent in Dallas. Riley
blamed those numbers on a "worldwide recession."

He said the numbers have improved in recent months in Alabama.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

AP-NY-08-23-10 1656EDT

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