When you think of Cooperative Extension, you often think of education aimed at rural residents and agribusinesses. But in the past decade, more and more Alabama citizens have relocated to urban areas, opening doors of new opportunities and posing exciting new challenges for Alabama Cooperative Extension System’s Urban Affairs and New Nontraditional Programs unit.

The primary mission of Urban Affairs and New Nontraditional Programs is to deliver relevant educational programs to Alabama’s diverse urban and suburban populations located in or near Anniston/Gadsden, Birmingham, Decatur, Dothan, Florence, Huntsville, Mobile, Montgomery, and Tuscaloosa. These timely programs are developed by Extension specialists on the campus of Alabama Agricultural and Mechanical University, and then implemented by urban regional agents located in nine Urban Centers—Extension county offices.

The Alabama Cooperative Extension System is positioned to meet the needs of all Alabama citizens whether in urban, suburban, or rural areas.