FEMA Assistance for March Tornado

FEMA Assistance for March Tornado

On April 26, 2021 President Biden granted a Major Disaster Declaration for Bibb, Calhoun, Clay, Hale, Jefferson, Perry, Randolph, and Shelby Counties releasing Federal funds to help individuals recover from the March 25th and 26th Tornados and storms. FEMA Individual Assistance is now available for those impacted by the disaster. For more information from Mayor Mitchell, for information on the types of FEMA assistance available, and to apply for assistance see the links below or call 1-800-621-3362.

FEMA InformationInformation from Mayor Mitchell

Economic Development

Thank you for your interest in Columbiana!

Many factors contribute to the economic vitality of Columbiana.  Columbiana has served as the County seat since 1826 and, thanks to an amendment to the Alabama Constitution, the county seat can not be moved elsewhere except by a vote of the people.  Shelby County is the only county in Alabama with that designation.  Therefore, Columbiana is home to many government facilities to include the Shelby County Courthouse, the Shelby County Board of Education, the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office and the Harrison Regional Library, which serves as the main office of the County Library System. 

While the county seat greatly impacts daytime visitors to Columbiana, visitors flock to Columbiana to experience unique recreational and cultural activities as well.  In partnership with the Shelby County Arts Council and Shelby County Commission, the City of Columbiana constructed a $10 million multi-use arts facility that opened in 2019. Old Mill Square hosts music and arts centric performances of all types and is positioned to be a Central Alabama arts and entertainment destination with 216 seat black box theater, art gallery and studio space. Additional features include a Grand Hall with seating capacity for 500, a multi-purpose outdoor pavilion and a new public park connecting patrons to Main Street.  Beeswax Creek Park is also located in Columbiana and provides for a wealth of recreational opportunities on Lay Lake, which is an annual host site for the Alabama Bass Trail Series and many other fishing tournaments throughout the year. Part of the Alabama Wine Trail, Lewis Lakes Vineyards serves as a tourist attraction for the City as well. 

Columbiana is also a Designated Main Street community, which focuses on new and expanding commercial development in the central business district.  Through partnerships with Main Street Alabama and Main Street America, Columbiana City leaders are discovering innovative techniques for breathing new life into aging downtowns.  Main Street Columbiana has witnessed several new businesses open downtown and offers shopping and restaurant options within walking distance of the Courthouse and Old Mill Square.  

Economic growth combined with high quality of life has resulted in a demand for new homes in the City.  Therefore, Springs Crossing, a Smith Douglas housing development, broke ground in 2019 with 130 lots.  Phase I is completely sold out with Phase II and III are on track to do the same.  HighPointe Properties, LLC is also working with City officials on plans for a new housing development along Hwy 70 which will result in an additional 226 new homes.

Columbiana hopes to continue this momentum and is actively seeking development projects that will further diversify its economy.  Centrally located, Columbiana is situated 10 miles from I-65 and 13 miles from US HWY 280 with access to rail in some locations.  With progressive leadership and an active Industrial Development Board, the City welcomes the opportunity to assist prospects considering locations in Columbiana. 

To aid in an initial assessment of the market, please utilize the links below to access materials that contain demographic data, housing projections, traffic counts and general information on growth occurring in the City. 

Click here for Columbiana Industrial Sites/ Buildings

 Click here for Columbiana Retail Sites/ Buildings

For further assistance, please contact our economic development partners at 58 Inc.,   As the non-profit, economic development coalition for Shelby County, Alabama, 58 Inc. fully supports the City’s economic development efforts and is prepared to assist with site selection relative to retail, commercial and industrial development projects.