Emily Blejwas, Community Development Specialist, 334.590.3814, email@example.com
Prattville, AL – On July 24 and 25, Alabamians from across the state can take part in an educational workshop and roundtable focused on the benefits of broadband in Alabama. Led by the Economic and Community Development Institute (ECDI) of Auburn University, the event is intended to educate community leaders, planners, educators, and citizens on the myriad opportunities broadband holds for our state.
The Summit is part of a larger statewide initiative, in which ECDI developed ten broadband training modules currently being delivered by Extension agents in all 67 counties. The project aims to help Alabamians maximize the benefits of the Internet and to boost participation in the global, digital economy.
“Broadband is now a core infrastructure,” notes Joe Sumners, ECDI Director. “Communities without reliable high speed internet access cannot compete in the 21st century economy. Broadband also can greatly improve people’s lives at home, at work, and at school. Things like distance education and telemedicine bring many new opportunities for our citizens, especially in the rural parts of Alabama.”
The Alabama Broadband Summit kicks off with a one-day workshop featuring panelists who have leveraged Internet technology to earn money, serve the public, save lives, and educate workers. It will also include materials, resources, and instruction on the ten training modules developed by ECDI, which include Broadband 101, eHome, and eCommerce. A half-day roundtable forum follows, giving participants the chance to explore the challenges, opportunities, and benefits broadband provides for Alabamians, their communities, and local economies.
The Summit will be held at the Prattville Marriott, and begins at 9:00 a.m. on July 24. Total cost to attend is $25. Click here for detailed information, or to register.
The Intensive Economic Development Training Course is an annual two-week course presented by the Economic & Community Development Institute.
This course introduces participants to all phases of economic development. Program leaders and faculty are leading community and economic development practitioners. The course curriculum is tailored to meet the expressed education and training needs of economic developers in Alabama.
Created by Extension in 1985, the Intensive Course has more than 1000 alumni, including most of the state’s top economic development professionals.
The first week of the 2013 Intensive Course will be held on July 8-12. The second week will be conducted September 9-13. The Intensive Course will be held at The Hotel at Auburn University and Dixon Conference Center, located at 241 South College Street.
Ever wonder how and why companies decide to locate in Alabama? Come and join Alabama Industrial Development Training (AIDT) for an in-depth discussion on economic/workforce development in our state, including the important role our educators play.
Each seminar will cover the “do’s” and “dont’s” of prospecting as well as the three R’s:
· Recruitment – Attracting companies to Alabama
· Retention – Sustaining and growing existing industry
· Renewal – Creating new and innovative technologies that lead to new jobs.
Sessions will be held throughout the state. Please see dates, times, and locations below. Registration is now open.
Note: The class previously scheduled for April 22 has been rescheduled to May 6 due to a state holiday.
Webinar Next Wednesday. 1:30 p.m. -2:30 p.m. Register Now. http://www.yourtownalabama.com/webinar-registration/
The Rock Bridge Canyon Equestrian Park developed from the need for an economic driver in the Town of Hodges, Alabama. Mayor Edward Crouch began to evaluate redevelopment of his small business district in 2006. From that discussion with his community it became evident that the Town of Hodges needed to develop and market its on economic driver. In 2008 Mayor Crouch commissioned an Asset Based Economic Development Study and an accompanying Project Feasibility Study. These documents identified the need to leverage local environmental assets for regional economic development. Furthermore, equestrian riding was identified as a local opportunity.
The feasibility of an equestrian park was refined in the study. Since the completion of that analysis, Mayor Crouch and the Town of Hodges have developed 20 miles of trail, held 3 special event rides, constructed the Day Use and Parking Area and are actively pursuing rail bed acquisition from Norfolk Southern Corporation. In addition, the Town operates and develops the park from the Rock Bridge Canyon Equestrian Trail Business & Master Plan completed in 2012. Current construction and design efforts consist of 30 campsites, 48 stall horse barn and the future Equestrian Center in Hodges, AL.