The Chambers County Development Authority is
success, woven in.

Our team works every day to make #ChambersStrong, and has been a driving force in our community’s recent revitalization. Keep scrolling to check out some of our recent success stories!

John Soules Announcement

In late 2017, John Soules Foods announced it would open a 266,000 square foot facility in Valley, AL.  During an initial phase of expansion, the company committed to hiring 210 employees and investing $70 million. The company also committed to hiring an additional 300 employees, while investing another $40 million over time.  John Soules is the nation's leading formulator, manufacturer and marketer of ready-to-cook and fully-cooked beef and chicken products, so its commitment to Chambers County will bring economic opportunities for years to come.


Diversification of Industry

CCDA has been a main driver in rebuilding our community’s economic base after the textile mills declined. We’re working to blaze a new trail for diversity and long-term stability, and have seen more than 28 industry expansions in the last five years. Here’s a breakdown by-the-numbers:

    • 2018 - $56,320,881 CI, 9 jobs
    • 2017 - $21,829,721 CI, 85 jobs
    • 2016 - $19,608,373 CI, 31 jobs
    • 2015 - $64,460,032 CI, 143 jobs
    • 2014 - $21,790,000 CI, 43 jobs

Other exciting developments include Norbord Alabama reopening, which created 112 new jobs, and various mill demolition and redevelopment plans (including Lanett, Fairfax, Langdale, Riverview and Carter Lanier.)

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Award-Winning Community Branding

CCDA partnered with Red Sage Communications, Inc. to create an award-winning community branding campaign.  After developing a new logo and the Strength Woven In tagline, CCDA worked closely with community partners to promote the adoption of the brand across 14 local organizations including cities, the chamber of commerce, and even local schools.  Awards for the campaign include both ACCA Awards and IEDC Awards in 2018.


WestRock Expansion

In 2017, CCDA announced good news for both the cities of Lanett and Valley, involving a major industry expansion and distribution center. WestRock Co. planned to expand its paper and packaging operation, in a move that would add about 50 jobs. In addition, Scannell Properties committed to developing a 375,000 square foot distribution center on 30 acres, less than two miles from WestRock's facility. The center, which would also create jobs, was planned for Valley Industrial Park to support WestRock's plant. Both projects represent continued diversification of Chambers County’s industrial base and CCDA’s objective of increasing wages.

Quality of Life

Quality of Life Improvements

Chambers County once had one of Alabama’s highest unemployment rates.  It now has one of the lowest, along with increased diversity of employment prospects and better-paying jobs for our residents.

CCDA has also worked hard to support education, coordinating with stakeholders to develop a long-range plan, and promoting the Knauf Community Involvement Program that gives supplies to local schools.  Another unique project is the LEAP program.  This initiative puts dual emphasis on teacher-student development, promoting Chambers County industrial and economic opportunities, and helping students gain soft-skills needed for success.

About CCDA

The Chambers County Development Authority is success, woven in. Our team works every day to make #ChambersStrong, and has been a driving force in our community’s recent revitalization. Keep scrolling to check out some of our recent success stories!

The Chambers County Development Authority (CCDA) actively recruits industrial, commercial and retail opportunities for Chambers County. We strive every day to improve the quality of life through retaining and adding new, quality jobs, providing leadership, and encouraging economic and community development in all of Chambers County.

The organization was incorporated as the Industrial Development Board of Chambers County in 1979 to recruit and retain Industrial clients for Chambers County, Alabama. In 1995, the Board of Directors re-incorporated the organization to form the Industrial Development Authority of Chambers County. Due to enabling legislation passed by the Alabama Legislature in 2001, the organization became a council and was formally known as the Industrial Development Authority of Chambers County, by which name it had been previously operating. With the new charge of retail recruiting added to the mission of the IDA, the name officially changed to The Chambers County Development Authority in 2009.

A Board of Directors made up of 14 members governs the CCDA. Each Chambers County Commissioner appoints a member, along with a member appointed by the cities of LaFayette, Lanett and Valley and the towns of Cusseta, Five Points and Waverly. The legislative delegation also appoints two members at large.


Chambers County is strategically located between Montgomery and Atlanta, offering excellent access to those markets as well as Auburn, Al. and Columbus, Ga. and is within a 60-minute drive time of Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. With Kia Motors being located less than two miles away, the county has attracted many new automotive suppliers. Other prominent industries include forest products, warehousing & logistics, plastics, health care, telecommunications and building materials.

Chambers County was recently named a “Top Deals and Hot Markets” by Southern Business and Development. Companies locating in Chambers County draw employees from a large area and have an abundant selection of available sites and buildings from which to choose. A trained and dedicated workforce is another advantage, with 11 institutions of higher learning, including Auburn University, Southern Union State Community College, Point University and Columbus State University within a 25-mile radius. Chambers County also has one of the top career technical centers in the State of Alabama. The SUSCC Valley Campus has recently announced its Industrial Machine System Technician Registered DOL Apprenticeship Program.

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