Alabama is primarily a rural state comprised of small towns and communities struggling to thrive in a continually urbanizing world. The leaders of these communities face a different set of challenges than cities and towns with larger populations. Their greatest asset is the sense of community that can only exist in a small town.
How can rural Alabama thrive?
- By building on those things that make it unique and viable.
- By solving problems in the context of a bigger idea.
- By remembering their heritage and using it as a foundation for growth.
- By inspiring their youth to stay or come home and be part of the community.
Our workshop provides small town and rural technical assistance providers with a useful tools for organizing, recruiting, and strategically developing community and economic development while retaining the things that make a small or rural town special. It provides a toolbox for identifying what is good in a community and magnifying and expanding the benefits of those assets.
Please join us in celebrating the beauty of Your Town Alabama.
Board of Directors
Your Town Alabama is a 501c3 organization with a board of people passionate about creating a better Alabama.
Matt Leavell, AIA LEED AP, Chairman
Ben Wieseman, Vice-Chairman
Katie Thomas, Secretary / Treasurer
Goodwyn Mills & Cawood
Jim Byard, Jr.
Byard and Associates, Inc.
KPS Group, Inc.
Honorable Drew Gilbert
Mayor, City of Cordova
Main Street Alabama
Matt Leavell, AIA LEED AP (Chair)
The Univ. of AL Center for Economic Development
Lea Ann Macknally, ASLA (ExCom)
Macknally Land Design
Collier Neeley (ExCom)
Jenny Brown Short
Walker County Health Action Partnership
Katie Thomas (Secretary/Treasurer)
AL Association of RC&D Councils, Inc.
Ben Wieseman (Vice-Chair)
Nathan Willingham, AICP (Immediate Past Chair)
University of North Alabama