200 Alabama Bicentennial

Celebrating Alabama’s 200th birthday2017 2018 2019

Delegates to the Alabama League of Municipalities (ALM) annual convention took a major step in support of the Alabama Bicentennial by passing Resolution NO. 39 during the League’s Business Session on May 16 in Huntsville.

The resolution, spearheaded by Carrie Banks, ALM Communications Director and Alabama Bicentennial Local Activities Committee Co-Chair, states: “…that we respectfully encourage our cities and towns to participate in Alabama’s Bicentennial by forming their own Bicentennial Celebration Committees to highlight the unique histories of their communities while uplifting the state during this very specific historical milestone.”

“By passing this resolution, we know that our municipalities across the state are committed to the success of our Bicentennial”, said Jay Lamar, Executive Director of the Alabama Bicentennial Commission. “The grassroots efforts in each and every city and town are the cornerstone of what we hope to build over the next three years.”

ALM’s annual convention, hosted this year at the Von Braun Center in Huntsville, invited Bicentennial Commission staff to set up an information booth in its Expo Hall as well as give a presentation during Monday’s concurrent sessions.

“Having the ALABAMA 200 staff participate in our annual convention was extremely important because it gave hundreds of municipal officials and staff the opportunity to meet and talk with them face to face and learn about the numerous events and activities planned during the three-year commemoration,” said Banks. “Our members are excited and eager to play a part in the Bicentennial and by passing a resolution in support of this unique milestone, they now have something official to take back to their communities that says this is where they can begin.”

ALABAMA 200 will support, create and execute events and activities that commemorate the stories of our people, place and path to statehood. Between 2017 and 2019, ALABAMA 200 will engage residents and visitors in educational programs, community activities and statewide initiatives that teach, inspire and entertain. It is a chance to celebrate our place, including each of the 67 counties, which stretch from the Shoals to the shores. It is a moment to remember the people who made our state and to nurture the generations who will carry us forward.

The Alabama League of Municipalities was organized in 1935 and has served since that time as the recognized voice of the cities and towns in Alabama. Representing more than 450 member municipalities, the League works to secure enactment of legislation enabling all cities and towns to perform their functions more efficiently and effectively; offers specialized training for both municipal officials and employees; holds conferences and meetings at which views and experiences of officials may be exchanged; and conducts continuing studies of the legislative, administrative and operational needs, problems and functions of Alabama’s municipal governments.

For further information about ALABAMA 200 or the Alabama Bicentennial Commission, please contact Connor Lowry at Connor.Lowry@bicentennial.alabama.gov or visit www.alabama200.org.