Alabama Newscenter — This City Is Leading the Renaissance of Alabama’s Black Belt

| July 11, 2021 @ 6:00 pm

By Dennis Washington

Livingston may not be the largest city in Alabama’s Black Belt, but that is not stopping the people who live and work there from enthusiastically leading a growing chorus of voices devoted to growing rural Alabama.

“When you have all of the oars going in the same direction, it’s better on everybody,” said Livingston Mayor Tom Tartt. “I can remember a time when Livingston didn’t want something to happen in York or Sumter County didn’t want something to happen in Marengo County because they’re all territorial. We all finally figured out that if it happens in York, it’s going to help us. If it happens in Livingston, it’s going to help the people in York. I’m exceedingly proud.”

Livingston is located on the Sucharnochee River in west-central Alabama, about halfway between Tuscaloosa and Meridian, Mississippi, along interstate highways 20 and 59. Founded in 1835, the city is named after Edward Livingston, a statesman and jurist. About 3,500 people live there, many of whom join the city’s largest employer, the University of West Alabama (UWA), in elevating the region as a hub of economic growth and workforce development.

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