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Second Helping Jobs/Community Help Program Unveiled

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The Alabama Mountain Lakes Tourist Association (AMLA) is launching a new program this month that will help create a workforce pool for the hospitality industry while creating new career opportunities for North Alabama residents recovering from opioid addictions. Named “Second Helping”, the program serves to help those recovering from opioid addictions to reenter the work force while helping to fill ... Read More »

New Web-Based Privilege Passport Program Sign-Up

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The Alabama Mountain Lakes Tourist Association is launching the North Alabama Privilege Passport program in January 2020 to help your visitation. The program allows you to offer a discount admission to consumers who sign up for the FREE program. AMLA has partnered with Bandwango to implement the program. Bandwango empowers destinations to uniquely appeal to various visitor types with engaging ... Read More »

Free AMLA Seminars Coming in February and March

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2020 Social Media Trends, a free social media networking session for Alabama Mountain Lakes Tourist Associated (AMLA) members, will be held February 11 at Goat Island Brewery in Cullman. The presenter for the event will be Advance Travel & Tourism group, a destination marketing team within Advance Local, one of the leading media and marketing companies in the United States. ... Read More »

1818 Farms Wins Amazon’s Woman-Owned Business of Year Award

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Amazon has awarded its first “Woman-Owned Small Business of the Year” award to an Alabama company. 1818 Farms, which began in Mooresville and has its offices in Huntsville, was chosen from six finalists in the category in Amazon’s first-ever United States Small Business Spotlight Awards. More than 1,300 U.S. small businesses nominated themselves for the awards across three categories – ... Read More »

Mentone Named One of America’s Most Stunning Towns

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Reader’s Digest magazine has named Mentone, Alabama, as one of the most stunning 25 mountain towns in America. In an on-line article by journalist Lindsay Cohn, Mentone joined locations from Asheville to Whitesburg as alpine escapes around the United States are utterly enchanting. The article spotlight on Mentone read: “Next time you’re in Alabama, journey beyond Montgomery or Mobile. Perched ... Read More »

Mountain Lakes Chamber Hires New Tourism Director

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The Mountain Lakes Chamber of Commerce continues its main role as an active leader and facilitator in promoting visibility, credibility and communication while providing a means of growth through tourism. As the organization responsible for promoting the charming towns and stunning landscape across Jackson County, we know that a strong economy is driven in part by a thriving tourism initiative ... Read More »

Governor Appoints Reist to State Committee

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Governor Kay Ivey has appointed Alabama Mountain Lakes Tourist Association President/CEO Tami Reist to the Hospitality and Tourism Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) of the Alabama Committee on Credentialing and Career Pathways (ACCCP) representing workforce development region one. The appointment was made at the first of December, 2019. Ivey noted that serving on the committee is an opportunity to help improve ... Read More »

Pair of Free Seminars Available in Oct & Nov

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The Alabama Mountain Lakes Tourist Association (AMLA) will host a pair of free seminars to round out the calendar year. “Using Instagram to Tell Your Brand Story” on will be held on Tuesday, October 15. The event will be held at the Alabama Music Hall of Fame in Tuscumbia and is open to all AMLA members. Kristen Waldrop and Beth ... Read More »

2019 Peak Award Winners

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Fourteen individuals and organizations were recognized for their accomplishments during this past year during the 2019 PEAK Awards Luncheon at the AMLA Annual Meeting in Decatur on Sept. 26. The program pays tribute to tourism leaders, attractions, festivals and organizations that set the bar for North Alabama’s $3 billion tourism industry. “The PEAK Awards showcase the best of the best ... Read More »

AMLA Executive Committee Elected at Annual Meeting

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A new slate of officers for AMLA were also voted on and approved at the 2019 Annual Meeting held in Decatur on Sept. 26. Elected Chair is Katy Norton, Marshal County CVB director. Incoming Chair is Jennifer Moore, Huntsville-Madison County CVB. Additional officers are Secretary Danielle Gibson, Decatur-Morgan County Tourism; Treasurer Sandy Thompson, Alabama Veterans Museum and Archives, Athens; Past ... Read More »

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