Alabama is more than the sum of its government, schools, and economy. PARCA explores factors that make Alabama an ideal place to build a quality life.

PARCA provides:
Comparative studies of infrastructure and the built environment.
Explorations of health, poverty, community wellbeing.
Community Vitality Index.
Program evaluations of local nonprofits and social services providers.


Local Government 3.0

The following feature, which describes an alliance between the City of Montevallo, The University of Montevallo (UM), and Shelby County, Read the full release.  


Together We Can – Charting a Course to Cooperation for Greater Birmingham

PARCA’s latest report, commissioned by the Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham, focuses on the fragmentation of the Birmingham region, the Read the full release.  


PARCA compares municipal finances in Alabama, gets mayors’ perspective

How Alabama Cities Finances Compare How Alabama City Finances Compare is the ninth edition of PARCA’s study of Alabama city Read the full release.