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January 19, 2015 - January 21, 2015
Economic Development of Alabama's Winter Conference

May 16, 2015 - May 19, 2015
Alabama League of Municipalities Annual Meeting


* To learn more about tourism and other events held in the Black Belt view the Center for the Study of Black Belt website.


August 2013

8/1/2013, Thursday, 6:00 - 9:00 PM

     The Taste of Birmingham

     Location: The Club, 1 Robert Smith Drive

                       Birmingham AL

     Website: The Taste of Birmingham

8/7/2013, Wednesday, 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

    2nd Annual Congressional Job Fair

     Location: Wallace Community College Selma

                     3000 Earl Goodwin Parkway

                     Selma, AL

     Sponsor: Congresswoman Terri Sewell

     Contact: (334) 877-4414

      Website: 2nd Annual Congressional Job Fair

8/13-15/2013, Tuesday - Thursday, 1:00 PM

     2013 CCAA Summer Conference - Experience the Magic

     Location: Perdido Beach Resort

                       Orange Beach, AL

     Sponsor: Chamber of Commerce Association of Alabama

     Website: CCAA

8/22-23/2013, Thursday-Friday, 8:00 AM

     Alabama E3 Sustainability Conference

     (Economy, Energy, Environment)

     Location: Renaissance Montgomery Hotel & Spa

                       201 Tallapoosa Street

                       Montgomery, AL

     Sponsor: Alabama Power Company

     Website: E3 Conference

8/24-25/2013, 8:00 AM-5:00 PM

     Black Belt Folk Roots Festival

     Location: Historic Greene County Courthouse Square

                       Eutaw, AL

     Sponsor: Eutaw Chamber of Commerce

     Contact: 205-372-3435, Eutaw Chamber

8/31/2013, Saturday, 11:00 AM

     Okra Festival

     Location: Burkville, AL

     Website: Okra Festival

September 2013

9/10/13, Tuesday, 2:00 PM

     New Business Workshop

     Location: Grove Hill Town Hall

                       111 South Church Street

                       Grove Hill, AL 36451

    Sponsor: Alabama Department of Revenue

     Website: Alabama Department of Revenue

9/14/2013, Saturday, 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM

     Annual Patchwork Festival

     Location: 209 Claiborne Street

                       Camden AL

     Sponsor: Black Belt Treasures

    Contact : Sulynn Creswell (334-682-9878)

9/17/2013, Tuesday, 5:30 PM

     New Business Workshop

     Location: Wallace Community College

                       3000 Earl Goodwin Parkway

                       Hank Sanders Building, Room 105

                       Selma, AL

    Sponsor: Alabama Department of Revenue

     Website: Alabama Department of Revenue   


9/28/13, Saturday, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM       

     B.Y.O. (Bring Your Own) Bike Tour

     Location: Old Cahawba Archaeological Park

                      9518 Cahaba Toad

                      Orrville, AL 36767

     Sponsor: Old Cahawba

     Website: Old Cahawba

October 2013

10/8-9/2013, Tuesday - Wednesday

     Alabama Community Leadership Network Conference

     Location: Auburn University

     Contact: Arturo Menefee (334) 844-2307

10/16-18/2013, Wednesday - Friday

     2nd Annual RuralHealth and TeleHealth Summit

     Location: Prattville

     Sponsor: Alabama Partnership for Telehealth

     Website: APT

10/24/2013, Thursday, 3:00 PM OR 6:00 PM

     New Business Workshop

     Location: Montgomery Area Chamber of Commerce

                       The Small Business Resource Center

                       600 South Court Street, Suite 460

                       Montgomery, AL

    Sponsor: Alabama Department of Revenue

     Website: Alabama Department of Revenue