Vision: To promote and provide leadership in resource management and economic growth in the Tombigbee RC&D area. Mission: Provide leadership in organizing regional needs and concerns as they relate to the economy, environment, and society and to enhance local leadership by forming coalition and partnership with federal, state, and local agencies, groups, and organizations to assist in solving these needs and concerns. Carry out activities that accelerate the development, conservation and wise use of human, financial and natural resources in order to improve the standard of living within the area. Background: The Tombigbee Resource Conservation and Development Council is a nonprofit, IRS 501 (c) (3) tax exempt, charitable organization. The Tombigbee RC&D area was formed in 1974 and covers eight counties in west central Alabama. The original Area Plan was developed and signed in 1974. The Area Plan has been reviewed and portions revised over the years but never completely revised. The Tombigbee RC&D council has taken public input through county meetings and council discussion groups. Input has been provided by regional organizations such as West Alabama Regional Planning and Development Council.