Building Bridges: Strategies, Resources and Partnerships

Join us at the Bryant Conference Center on Monday, April 16, 2018, as we discuss strategies and best practices that you can use in your community to encourage prosperity and economic development. 

Attendees will learn:

  • Models and opportunities for possible university faculty and community partnerships
  • Economic development strategies to attract and retain businesses, visitors and tax dollars.
  • Grant writing workshop geared toward first-time grant writers to learn how to write effective grant proposals and navigate the grant process.


This program is brought to you by The University of Alabama, College of Continuing Studies, the Historic Black Towns and Settlements Alliance, Inc. and Spelman College.

The Historic Black Towns and Settlements Alliance, Inc. is a consortium of historic and culturally significant towns and settlements throughout the region and nation. The cities and towns in the alliance function with limited resources and therefore are seeking university partners to engage with their communities and support a variety of goals set by their citizens. Several times each year, university partners provide professional development opportunities for the towns’ leadership. In these meetings, university scholars and professional staff provide workshops and strategies for tourism, economic development, fundraising, historic preservation, etc.