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Marengo County Business Incubator Helps Create Jobs

A big empty building–that’s what was left behind when the Alabama National Guard shut its armory in Linden, Ala.  It could have stayed empty, but a community partnership saw an economic opportunity in the old armory building. The Marengo County Commission, the Marengo County Economic Development Authority (MCDEA), and the Marengo County office of the Alabama Cooperative Extension System joined ... Read More »

Alabama–Popular Among Retirees

Although Alabama is a popular place for college students and growing businesses, several cities in Alabama are also becoming increasingly popular for retirees. Cities such as Birmingham, Huntsville, Auburn, Montgomery, Mobile and the Lake Martin area offer access to warm weather, golf, beaches, lakes and healthcare, all at a lower cost than other more traditional retirement areas. Wanda Jurriaans, county Extension ... Read More »

Career Countdown for Alabama Youth

  HUNTSVILLE, AL. – Alabama’s youth are Alabama’s future. With this in mind, Alabama Cooperative Extension System agents throughout the state have built a Career Countdown program to encourage youth career development and education planning. According to Roger Richardson, an Alabama Extension economic and community development specialist at Alabama A&M University, the Career Countdown program is designed to help youth identify their ... Read More »

Alabama Saves Week

Alabama Saves Week is Feb. 23 -28.  This week is part of a year-long campaign to promote financial health and well being in Alabama by educating people of all ages to spend and save wisely. (Photo available via Alabama Saves) A variety of activities are available to teach youth and adults how to save money. Some of the events include budgeting and spending ... Read More »

Simulated Reality Check Helps Students

There are many hard life lessons that cannot be effectively tought in the classroom. The perils of money mismanagement can drastically impact someone’s life. The fact of the matter is, there are many students who are not adequately taught how to manage their finances intelligently. The Alabama Cooperative Extension seeks to change this by using a hands-on financial literacy simulation ... Read More »

Annie’s Project Set for Six Tuesday Evenings in Etowah County

Ladies of Etowah County join us for Annie’s Project in February and March! Annie’s Project is a six-week intensive agri-business series for women with a passion for business and involvement, and a desire to increase knowledge and skills. Conducted by the Alabama Cooperative Extension System, the series helps empower women to manage information systems and to build local networks. Participants ... Read More »

Urban Professionals Discover Value of Cooperative Extension

Planting native grasses is not what David Brush normally does. An Auburn University trained landscape architect, Brush is the man behind the designs and plans that others execute for his company’s clients. Recently, Brush and about two dozen other landscape architects, landscapers and municipal planners and engineers spent an afternoon installing plants as part of a workshop sponsored by the ... Read More »

ACLN Conference- Getting leaders in the game

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Leaders from across the state joined together at this year’s Alabama Community Leadership Network Conference to learn the most effective ways to give back to their organizations and communities and to “get in the game.” The keynote speakers,  Mark Eaton, Bruce Pearl and Millicent St. Claire, shared their knowledge and gave their tried-and-true leadership advice at the two-day event at the Auburn University Hotel and Dixon Conference ... Read More »

Mississippi-Alabama Rural Tourism Conference Oct. 20-22 in Greenwood

  Innovative attraction ideas, knowledgeable speakers and a behind-the-scenes tour of DreamWorks Studios’ The Help are just a few highlights of the upcoming 2014 Mississippi-Alabama Rural Tourism Conference Oct. 20-22 in Greenwood, Mississippi. A pre-conference driving tour featuring film sites and popular hangouts for the film’s stars will offer insight to Mississippi native Kathryn Stockett’s bestselling novel-turned-film. During the conference’s ... Read More »

2014 ACLN Conference is Oct. 7-8 in Auburn

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The Alabama Community Leadership Network (ACLN) will host its 2014 conference Oct. 7-8 at the Hotel at Auburn University and Dixon Conference Center. This year’s theme is “Leaders Get in the Game.” Keynote speakers for the conference are: Mark Eaton who is a retired Utah Jazz player and NBA All-Star. He will explain his method of employing principles and coaching ... Read More »