11 Years of Your Town Alabama: June 3-5, 2009

The annual 2009 YOUR TOWN ALABAMA workshop, scheduled for Wednesday, June 3 – Friday, June 5, 2009 at Camp McDowell.  This is our 11th year anniversary!  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.  Former 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 April 30, 2009.  Participants are limited so you are strongly encouraged to apply as early as possible.  You’ll find additional information, a printable application form that you can mail back and a link to apply and pay online at www.yourtownalabama.com/form.htm.

Participants are responsible for their own travel to and from Camp McDowell.  The workshop begins promptly at 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday, June 3 and will end at 12:00 noon on Friday, June 5.  All participants are expected to stay for the entire workshop.  Feel free to visit the Camp McDowell website at: www.campmcdowell.com 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 2, 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 with 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 $180 per participant for double occupancy (roommates will be assigned) OR $215 per participant for single occupancy.  There are a limited number of single rooms; if you prefer a single room, you are urged to apply early as they will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis.  The registration fee includes all workshop materials, lodging and 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 April 30, 2009.  Call (205) 323-3592 and ask for Kay Argo, or e-mail me at: Martha@yourtownalabama.com for more information.

Please 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.  In addition, a limited number of scholarships (double occupancy only) are available.  If you are interested in applying for a scholarship, please contact Mr. Paul Kennedy at (205) 302-0001.
The 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 it by the April 30th deadline.  If selected, an information packet will be mailed to you with more specific information.  Late applications will be considered for future classes.

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

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