Governor Bob Riley is hoping to move rural north Alabama into a growth pattern similar to one in the black belt.
He was in Limestone County today talking with volunteers.
The goal for Riley is a better quality of life.
The Governor told the large crowd, made up mostly of volunteers, that they have the ability to make a difference in their region.
He says that the studies have been done and the Valley has specific needs for action.
"I mean you literally blend rural Alabama and some of the most sophisticated technology right there," says Riley.
This program is based upon the black belt commission and while the black belt has many of their own challenges different from north Alabama, when it comes to rural areas many of those challenges are the same.
Even rural areas need things like transportation, infrastructure, health care, economic development, and education.
"If you work in some of the rural areas up here one of the things you may identify is the need for advanced placement courses," says Riley.
New business and industry brings new challenges.
"Where are we going to get the work force and how are we going to train them and how are we going to make sure there's people out there to meet the jobs," says Sen. Gerald Dial.
Riley told the group to give themselves a benchmark to measure themselves in a years time.
The governor offered one last bit of advice to the volunteers...be enthusiastic.