Demopolis, Ala. The new year is expected to bring some additions to one part of west Alabama. The City of Demopolis is partnering with the University of West Alabama and Shelton State Community College in Tuscaloosa in an effort to make its residents more marketable when it comes to landing a job.
The partnership will provide classes for certain trades inside the building that formerly housed the New Era Cap Company.
"About 12,000 out of 62,000 square feet in that is going to be used for technology training like welding, machine technology, and also in the office areas we're going to have some classrooms for truck driver training. And those are some areas that we need," says Mayor Mike Grayson.
Aside from the unemployed and underemployed, Mayor Grayson says that high school students will also be able to enroll in the classes through dual enrollment.
As for the truck driving class, that's expected to start in January. This will be followed by the machine technology classes which are expected to start in the fall.
In the new year Grayson also says Demopolis will continue to place emphasis on utilizing its natural waterway assets of the Tombigbee and Black Warrior Rivers.
"There are several areas that you can use your waterfront for, industrial development. You know bringing in a plant and that sort of thing, and also for commercial development," Grayson said. "People like to go to places, restaurants and various things on the water. Of course, we will also market the rivers for recreation because recreation is big."