Two Blue Collar Towns and Their Revival Story
Sunday, May 5, 2024
8:30 AM - 4:00 PM

Start with a visit to Gadsden, whose historic downtown sits along the Coosa River. Learn how this town leaned into the concept of adaptive reuse and went from being named one of the worst places to live in America to a thriving Main Street community that has more than two dozen retail establishments and an equal number of restaurants and bars. Then, journey to the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains to Fort Payne, a town rich in natural wonders, trails, and historic buildings, and a community built upon a history of talented people like Sequoyah, the inventor of the Cherokee Syllabary; internationally acclaimed and Country Music Hall of Fame band, ALABAMA; and James Dean, the creator/illustrator of Pete the Cat. Learn how the Main Street district embraces its natural surroundings, cultural heritage, and rebounding textile industry for future success.

Session Type
Mobile Workshop