Alabama has nine RC&D Councils and a State Association which basically serves as an umbrella non-profit to assist all the individual Councils. Alabama RC&Ds are very fortunate to receive significant funds from the State. We have faced funding cuts but continue to receive support from the State. Alabama RC&D Councils depend on the leadership abilities and unique skills within the communities they serve. In essence, it is local people identifying their problems and opportunities and dealing with them, with a little help from the government and from others. That is why so many worthwhile projects have been undertaken and accomplished throughout the state. Another significant accomplishment of Alabama RC&Ds has been the rekindling of community spirit.