The North-Central Alabama Regional Council of Governments  (NARCOG) is considering putting the coordinator of its Revolving Loan Fund (RLF) under contract.

The NARCOG Board tabled a vote Wednesday on a proposed contract with coordinator John Thornton until board members can review the document. The Revolving Loan Fund makes loans to small business and industry in the area that will create new jobs.

 NARCOG Executive Director Jeffrey Pruitt said Thornton has a full-time job with a capital firm, but has been working with the tri-county agency for about a year as the RLF coordinator.  Thornton has extensive experience and good working relationships with those in the bank and business community, Pruitt said.

“It’s one of the situations where we’re thinking should he be one of our employees or should we have a contract with him?” Pruitt said.

Decatur Mayor Don Kyle asked Pruitt to send Thornton’s resume to board members so they can review his experience while they consider the contract.

In other business, Pruitt gave board members an update on upcoming events including May Day May 14 at H.A. Alexander Park in Moulton, Senior Shin Dig at Sportsman Lake Park and a virtual Dementia training seminar April 2-3 at NARCOG’s Decatur headquarters.

Pruitt also reminded board members of fast-approaching deadlines for various grants including the Alabama Department of Transportation (ALDOT)’s Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) May 2, an April 9 workshop for recreational trails, Appalachian Regional Coalition (ARC) grants and Community Development Block grants (CDBG).

Pruitt also updated the board on his trip to Washington D.C. where he met with Ed Gohl, federal co-chair with the ARC, and officials with the U.S. Department of Commerce and National Institute of Standards and Technology.

* Tiffeny Owens can be reached by email at or by phone at 256-734-2131, ext. 135.

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