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ACRE provides technical assistance to towns, other nonprofits, corporations, and entrepreneurs. In 2002, the staff of ACRE under the Alabama Rural Initiative wrote the grant that led to the development of the Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) for Lowndes County. Funded by the Economic Development Administration of the United States Department of Commerce, the CEDS was essential in securing $4.2 million for the development of infrastructure in two industrial parks. The parks, located in Fort Deposit, Alabama, the county‚Äôs largest city, and the Tyson location, near Hayneville, now house two tier one suppliers to Hyundai.  ACRE is currently assisting the Town of White Hall in developing its infrastructure to facilitate economic growth.