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2019 Annual Report and 
2020 Mid-year Update

COVID-19 has had a significant impact on PARCA. Staff members have worked from home since March 16. Fortunately, our mission is more conducive to remote work than most organizations. Thanks to the technology infrastructure provided by Samford University, who donates our office space, the impact on our core research and analysis work has been minimal.

The COVID-19 pandemic highlights the importance of PARCA. The state's response has been hindered by the lack of data and analysis. Every aspect of public life will face challenges as the pandemic continues and when recovery eventually begins. State and local finances will suffer. Schools are facing new and greater demands with fewer resources. Our labor force will face obstacles unimaginable only a few months ago. Policymakers and citizens will need research and information to adjust to a new normal. 

We anticipate significant new demand for research across all focus areas. Please stay connected with us in the coming months as we provide objective, non-partisan data on the issues important to our state.


Ryan Hankins
Executive Director
PARCA 2019 Annual Report

To read more about our organization - our mission, structure, finances and leadership - and to explore some of last year's research and public events, take a look at PARCA's 2019 Annual Report.

As an organization that works to promote transparency in government, we strive to be transparent as well. Feel free to contact us with any questions about our organization. 

So far in 2020, PARCA has completed 31 research projects, including:
  • PARCA's 2020 Public Opinion Survey, completed before the onset of the COVID-19 in the U.S., which hints at the challenges state policymakers will face in responding to the pandemic.  
  • Our sixth report for the Business Education Alliance, Education Matters, assessing the state's progress toward creating 500,000 highly skilled workers by 2025. 
Visit our website to see PARCA's most recently  published research.

COVID-19 Research
Thank you to PARCA's 2020 Donors
Institutional Donors 
Individual Donors 
$25,000 and Up
Samford University
Campbell Foundation
Regions Financial Corporation
Vulcan Materials Company Foundation

$10,000 and Up
Mike & Gillian Goodrich    

$2,500 to $4,999
J.T. & Erin Price

$10,000 to $24,999
AT&T Alabama
Bank Independent
Daniel Foundation
Wells Fargo Foundation
Regions Financial Corporation
Alabama Power Foundation
Blue Cross & Blue & Shield
Protective Life Foundation

$1,000 to $2,499
Fred Blackwell 
Daniel Coleman 
Wayne Hutchens
Betsy Holloway
Debbie Long
Scott McLain
Jerry Powell
Dudley Reynolds

$5,000 to $9,999
Altec Industries
Brasfield & Gorrie
Drummond Company
McWane, Inc.
McKinney Capital

$2,500 to $4,999
EBSCO Industries
Wal-Mart Foundation 

$1,000 to $2,499
Thompson Tractor
Hand Arendall Harrison Sale
Dunn Investment Company
Alabama Beverage Association
Brown Precision, Inc.
Alfa Foundation
Lyons Law Firm
ARC Realty
Ram Tool Construction Supply Co.
Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham
Warren Averett
Sirote & Permutt, PC
Volkert, Inc.
Robins & Morton
Burr & Forman
Russell Lands, Inc.
Alabama Rural Electric Association
AYCO Charitable Foundation
National Security Fire & Casualty Company
$500 to $999
Judd Harwood
Fred Braswell
William Stevens

Up to $499
Tom Brinkley
Kate Cotton
Ted Hosp
Reggie Sykes
Tony Waldrop
Alan Register


PARCA Core Values...

Alabama can do better. 

Sound public policy is essential. 

Sound public policy requires open, transparent, 
and responsive government. 

Sound public policy is based on fact, pursues 
a clear goal, and is assessed honestly.

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