Your Town AL Registration Now Open: Wednesday-Friday June 2 – 4

Your Town 2010: Wednesday, June 2-Friday June 4, 2010. Camp McDowell.


Linked below is an application and general information for the annual 2010 Your Town Alabama workshop, scheduled for Wednesday, June 2 – Friday, June 4, 2010 at Camp McDowell. 

This is our 12th year anniversary!  Participants may only attend the workshop ONCE.  Camp
McDowell is located near Nauvoo, Alabama, (close to Jasper, AL) and is
a delightful retreat location.  The workshop consists of highly
informative presentations and problem-solving activities for
participants.  It is also a wonderful opportunity to network with other
community leaders and make contacts with presenters who work throughout
Alabama in the planning, design, economic development, and resource
preservation fields.  The focus of the workshop aims specifically to
introduce small town and rural technical assistance providers and
decision makers to the role of design in community planning. 

participants remark that the workshop is FUN and invigorating and
opened their minds to many possibilities.  If you or other community
leaders are interested in attending this workshop, please complete the
application and return by May 3, 2010

The number of participants is limited so you are strongly encouraged to apply as early as possible. You can now register and securely pay online using a credit card through Visit and simply follow the instructions. If you wish to register via mail, you can download the application in Microsoft Word format here. Please print or type the application and mail it with your check payable to “Your Town Alabama” to the address on the application in the yellow highlighted box.

Participants are responsible for their own travel to and from Camp McDowell.  The workshop begins promptly at 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday, June 2 and ends at 12:00 noon on Friday, June 4All
participants are expected to stay for the entire workshop; if you can
not attend the full 2 ½ days, you will need to register for the next
annual workshop
.  Feel free to visit the Camp McDowell website at: for directions and to learn more about the facilities.  Lodging for Wednesday and Thursday are required at Camp McDowell,
however if you need overnight lodging for Tuesday, June 1, due to your
travel distance, a list of local hotels in Jasper, AL is provided. 
Your Town Alabama participants will be housed in Miller Commons,
which includes 5 cabins – each cabin includes 11 bedrooms (6 upstairs
and 5 downstairs – all rooms have two queen beds/one bath). 

There are
no TV’s, radios, alarm clocks or telephones in the cabins; but you will
be surrounded by a beautiful natural environment.  Feel free to bring your bicycle as we will be walking, cycling or driving to the eating facilities.  Dress for the workshop is very casual (shorts/jeans/T-shirts/tennis shoes, etc.).

The cost for the workshop is $195 per participant for double occupancy (roommates will be assigned) OR $230 per participant for single occupancy.  There are a limited number of single rooms; if you prefer a single room, you are encouraged to apply EARLY
as they will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis.  The
registration fee includes all workshop materials, lodging and “healthy”
meals (lunch and dinner on Wednesday; breakfast, lunch and dinner on
Thursday; and breakfast on Friday).  If you do not register on-line,
please make checks payable to:Your Town Alabama” and submit with your application no refunds will be given after May 3, 2010.  If you need additional information, call (205) 323-3592 and ask for Kay Argo, or e-mail me at and we for respond to you.

feel free to duplicate this information and distribute among citizens
in your community that would benefit from the workshop.  Participants
must apply for and be accepted to attend the Your Town Alabama workshop
prior to arrival.  There will be no on-site registration since extensive preparation must be made well in advance for each participant. 

workshop is sponsored by a host of organizations including the Alabama
Historical Commission, the Alabama Association of Regional Councils,
Appalachian Regional Commission, The University of Alabama Center for
Economic Development, Auburn University Urban Studio, the Cawaco
Resource Conservation and Development Council, the Regional Planning
Commission of Greater Birmingham and Alabama Power Company.
Please complete the application and return via US mail or fax to: 205-348-6974 by the May 3rd deadline
If selected, an information packet will be mailed to you with more
specific information.  Late applications will be considered for future

We look forward to a fun, challenging and rewarding workshop.


Martha W. Whitson
Your Town Alabama, Inc.

Local Hotels in Jasper, AL

Budget Inn – 205-221-6430
Days Inn – 205-221-7800 or 205-221-0123 (
Hampton Inn – 205- 221-3334
Holiday Inn Express – 205-302-6400 or 800-465-4329 (
Jameson Inn – 205-387-7710 (
Super 8 – 205-221-3050 (
Travel Rite Inn – 205-221-1161

Suggested Items to Bring to Camp

  • Comfortable, casual clothes
  • Rain gear (poncho, jacket or umbrella)
  • Walking shoes
  • Seat chair cushion – (if desired) as you will be sitting for extended periods
  • Personal medications
  • Flashlight with spare batteries
  • Insect Repellent
  • Alarm clock
  • Individual snack items*
  • Individual drinks*
  • Bicycle, if you prefer to cycle rather than walk to camp facilities

Light snacks will be provided, however if you have a special snack or
drink you prefer, or want your team to have specific snacks, you may
want to bring your own.  Vending machines are also available – bring
change as we will not be able to make change.

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