Headland teams up with Main Street Alabama to revitalize downtown

(WTVY News 4)
Published: Jun. 3, 2019 at 11:38 PM CDT
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Headland is on its way to reinventing its downtown. The city has been selected to be a part of Main Street Alabama.

Main Street Alabama is a private, non-profit that works with cities to revitalize downtowns.

No one is more excited about the prospect of a more booming downtown, than local business owners.

Bill Barber has been running You Never Know Ceramics in the heart of downtown Headland for just over two years.

He is one of over a dozen business owners that comprise Heart of Headland, a group dedicated to re-vitalizing downtown.

This year, they had one goal in mind…

"…to become a Main Street Alabama city, which we went last month in May to do our presentation in Birmingham and we found out that, yes, we were selected,” said Barber.

The application process for Main Street takes months of classes and requires support from the community.

Ultimately, it’s a competition, and Headland was one of just four cities selected this year.

"They're going to teach us exactly what we need to do,” said Heart of Headland Co-Chair Stormy Hicks. “We'll study economic development. They'll work on our branding and what we look like. They have a whole long list of stuff. We start at one. It's a three year very thought out very strategic, planned thing once we get going."

Gibson Distillery just opened its doors a little over a year ago, and is excited to see the businesses and

"We're one small part of a much bigger community,” said Vice-President of Gibson Distillery Lloyd Keel. “We're really happy for the city and all the people that have worked so hard on the heart of headland type thing."

The City of Enterprise was also selected for Main Street Alabama this year.

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