June 2019
The official newsletter of the Headland Area Chamber of Commerce
Mark your Calendar...

Headland Farmers Market - Fridays through July 26, 3-7pm
Sundown Cinema "A Dog's Way Home" - June 14
Under the Oaks - June 28 (Tri-State Community Orchestra)
City of Headland Fireworks - July 4
Under the Oaks - July 26 (2-2-5 Uptown Band)
Under the Oaks - August 23 (Heyword)
Under the Oaks - Sept. 27 (The Fire Dogs)
Harvest 5K Run - Sept. 28
Harvest Day - Oct. 12

Headland is now a
Main Street City!
Mayor Ray Marler announced on Monday, June 3, that Headland has been selected as a Main Street Alabama city. Thanks to the efforts of the Heart of Headland downtown group, City of Headland and Headland Area Chamber of Commerce , Headland now joins a statewide effort to build stronger communities through effective downtown and neighborhood commercial district revitalization. Main Street Alabama, a non-profit organization that uses a national model with a 40-year track record of success, designated Headland after a rigorous application process.
 
According to Mary Helmer, State Coordinator for the program, Main Street Alabama will immediately begin providing Headland with intensive board development, goal setting, work planning, market study with implementable economic development strategies, targeted technical assistance, and quarterly training related to downtown development. “When a community is ready for Main Street, the time tested Four Point Approach ® works,” Helmer said. “It brings jobs, dollars and people back to neighborhood commercial districts.”
 
Helmer added that the interview panel was impressed by Headland's presentation that demonstrated a love of their community, a vision for what they could be, and the drive to make it happen. She noted that Headland demonstrated passion for their downtown and had recognized Main Street principals could elevate the current efforts in their district, which made them stand out in the field of applicants.
 
The announcement made on social media stated:
It’s easy to love a place that shares its heart. Love letters for this hometown came pouring in from all over the state proving that what happens #UnderTheOaks doesn’t always stay under the oaks! This community, once known as Head’s Land, was laid out by James Joshua Head in 1871, and included a public square, storehouse and both residential and commercial lots. The public square, which is anchored by a gazebo and the first example of public art in the county, a statue called “Spirit of the American Doughboy”, is the home for community events and activities. With the addition of the railroad in 1893, the community became the heart of the cotton, lumber and eventually, peanut processing industries. They call their downtown their heart and we want to share in the love! So, Headland, and three other communities join Alexander City, Anniston, Athens, Birmingham, Columbiana, Decatur, Dothan, Elba, Eufaula, Florence, Foley, Fort Payne, Gadsden, Heflin, Marion, Monroeville, Montevallo, Jasper, Opelika, Oxford, Scottsboro, South Huntsville, and Wetumpka and in using Main Street's comprehensive and incremental approach. Each Designated community listed above reports their success by tracking their reinvestment statistics. Main Street Alabama’s Designated communities have reported 379 net new businesses, 2,364 net new jobs, $303,975,745 in private investment, $83,284,171 in public improvements, and 78,992 volunteer hours in their districts collectively since June of 2014.
 
For more information about Main Street Alabama, visit mainstreetalabama.org
 Friday, June 14
Dark-Thirty (~7:30pm)
Free Movie on the Square
Bring your lawn Chair
As a puppy, Bella finds her way into the arms of Lucas, a young man who gives her a good home. When Bella becomes separated from Lucas, she soon finds herself on an epic 400-mile journey to reunite with her beloved owner. Along the way, the lost but spirited dog meets a series of new friends and manages to bring a little bit of comfort and joy to their lives.
The HEART of Headland downtown revitalization group hosted another "Under The Oaks" concert on Friday, May 24. Under the Oaks is a free live music series in the downtown square every fourth Friday through September 2019.

The band "As Is" (Mel Williams and friends) played Southern rock, country and more. People dined at local restaurants, visited food trucks and shopped the square while listening to awesome live music.

The next event is Friday, June 28. The Tri-State Community Orchestra will perform a patriotic concert 7-9pm. Saxophonist Kendall Ali will perform from 6-7pm.

These events are sponsored by: Heart of Headland, HNB First Bank, A&D Automotive Group (Dothan Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram Fiat, Enterprise Chevrolet, Dothan Kia, Dothan Volkswagon, Enterprise Kia) and Music Man Productions

Under the Oaks is hosted by the Heart of Headland volunteer group. If you love Headland and want to help our community please plan to attend the meetings on every first Monday each month, at 6 pm at You Never Know's Party Place next to Misty's Salon on the square . Please come if you can and invite others who may be interested in getting involved!     
FIESTA AT THE SQUARE
The 2019 Business Showcase was a Fiesta at the Square! Live music played and the mood was festive as people came out to network with businesses and enjoy free hot dogs cooked by the Headland Lion's Club and the treats offered by participating businesses. More than 30 business participated with giveaways, samples, door prizes and even non-alcoholic margaritas.

Each business donated merchandise and gifts that participants won by visiting every booth and the participating businesses on the square.
The overall winner of $100 cash prize was Andrew Hurst.
Youth Ambassador Scholarship
A luncheon was held at the Blanche Solomon Memorial Library on Wednesday May 15th for the Chamber Youth Ambassador graduating seniors.

Youth Ambassadors volunteer during numerous Chamber events and are rewarded points accordingly. The winner of the 2019 Youth Ambassador of the year was a tie going to sisters Caroline Crowley and Gracey Cupples

Students who wish to become a youth ambassador must be in 10-12 grades. A point system is kept based on the type of event and number of hours worked. $1000 is given each year to the ambassador with the most points.
Top left, Caroline Crowley, and bottom left, Gracey Cupples, receiving a scholarship check from Executive Director, Rhonda Harrison and Chamber President, Pete Crews .
Kingdom College fundraising event
The Kingdom College International Food Fair and Silent Auction was held on Saturday, May 4th. Thanks to all who cooked, donated, sold tickets, purchased and participated in this event. The International Food Tasting recipes were from many of the different countries where Kingdom College is involved in global missions.
Alabama Tourism Day
On Thursday, May 9th the Headland Area Chamber of Commerce participated in the State of Alabama Tourism Day at the 231 South Welcome Center. Rack cards were distributed from local businesses to promote tourism in Headland and Henry County. Some of the businesses that attract tourists in Henry County include: Todd Syrup Farm, Gibson Distilling, CornDodgers Farm and Ravenwood Sporting Clays.
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