ALM Newsletter
This Week from the League -  August 16, 2016

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ACE Launches New Website!

The Alabama Communities of Excellence (ACE) recently launched its revamped website that includes a new online tool enabling its 38 municipal participants to manage their community profiles. The all-new website is available at and features profiles of ACE’s 18 partner organizations, including information about their important connections to small towns, along with information about all ACE communities and links to more than 100 resources useful to small towns across Alabama. The new online tool, which was made possible by a grant from the Alabama Association of RC&D Councils with help from the University of Alabama Center for Economic Development, allows ACE’s 38 municipal graduates and current participants to manage their community profiles, research potential useful tools for their towns and discover upcoming events around Alabama. ACE is a nonprofit organization created in 2002 to use the collective expertise of its partner organizations to provide technical assistance to select communities to strengthen their long-term economic success. ACE’s comprehensive three-phase approach targets communities with populations ranging from 2,000 to 18,000. Using a competitive application process, communities are selected based on the level of local commitment to the ACE program and the community’s capacity to support the ACE program. To learn more about ACE, its partners and communities or to download information on the ACE application process, visit the new website.

Funding Opportunities from the ADECA Energy Division – Proposals Due THURSDAY!

Funding opportunities from the ADECA Energy Division are listed below. All proposals are due by Thursday, August 18, 2016 at 5:00 p.m. Eligibility should be verified before submitting a proposal.

For additional information, visit ADECA’s website

Main Street Alabama’s 3rd Annual aLABama Downtown Laboratory Conference, Aug. 22-24, Birmingham

Registration for the 3rd Annual aLABama Downtown Laboratory is now open.  This year's conference will  focus on design, one of the areas of the Four Point Approach. For detailed information including conference sessions and hotel, Awards of Excellence Dinner, Fork and Swig Social, Pre and Post LAB Luncheons, and the official LAB schedule, click HERE.

Your Town Alabama Workshop, August 31 - September 2, Camp McDowell

The communities of rural America are facing a range of critical problems affecting the vitality of the community, its design and sense of place. The “Your Town” workshop focuses on an important aspect of community spirit and community integrity: the process of design. The workshop aims specifically to introduce small town and rural technical assistance providers and decision makers to the role of design in community planning. The workshop course material addresses a range of issues in rural community planning and focuses on the process by which rural communities construct a vision about their future, evaluate natural and cultural assets, and implement decisions about how their community should look and function. The aim is not to promote specific answers to specific questions but, rather, a framework for problem solving. Materials are presented in a highly visual format, principally through slides and maps. The workshop includes slide lectures, group discussions, workshops, case-study presentations, and group problem solving on a hypothetical “Your Town.” Much of the workshop is accomplished in small groups which assigned at registration. For more information or to register, click HERE.

Fall Municipal Law Conference, Sept. 15-17, Orange Beach

The AAMA/AMJA Fall Municipal Law Conference is one of the most popular and informative conferences available for municipal attorneys, judges and prosecutors. This year’s conference will be held at The Island House Hotel in Orange Beach September 15-17. Topics include: Comprehensive Legislative Caselaw and Attorney Generals Opinion Updates; Use of Body Cameras & Drones by Law Enforcement; FLSA - New Overtime Rules; Fines & Penalties - The Aftermath of Private Probation Services Lawsuits; ADA - Title II; The Appropriate Witness for Admission of Blood & Toxicology Reports and Employee Liability. All topics have been submitted to the Alabama State Bar for CLE approval, and Alabama Judicial College for Judicial Education Credit. For registration and hotel information, click HERE.

Energy Symposium Scheduled for Nov. 7-10 in Birmingham

Energy 2016 Symposium presents more than 60 sessions on a wide variety of topics. Nearly 100 experts from around the country will teach, share their experiences, knowledge and ideas. Cutting-edge technical sessions on a wide variety of topics will provide fresh ideas, new benchmarks and proven techniques for maximum energy savings. Special training sessions for new energy managers, as well as for experienced professionals, will significantly advance each participant’s capabilities. A hands-on Services/Technology Showcase will afford an opportunity to interact with the nation’s foremost technology providers and to learn about their innovative products and services. This symposium will feature speakers from the U. S. Department of Energy, Propane Education and Research Council, Natural Gas Association and NASEO and will be held November 7-10 in downtown Birmingham. For more information or to register, click HERE.

ADECA Launches New Social Media Platform to Connect with Stakeholders Across Alabama

In addition to its Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube and Flickr feeds, ADECA has launched a new social media platform, Snapchat, to connect to its stakeholders across Alabama. The Snapchat handle is ADECAGOV and will be used to regularly post photos/videos. In fact, ADECA has already used this new platform to highlight ADECA Director Jim Byard’s recent visits to Clanton, Double Springs and Enterprise. In addition, ADECA is re-doubling efforts toward digital engagement and hoping to showcase more communities and the investment ADECA makes in them. See the graphic for all ADECA’s social media platforms!

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