Business Recruitment and Retention
Economic development is a core tenet of the Spirit of Anniston. The vitality of downtown merchants and restaurants directly relates to the success of our downtown district. To view information on the services we can provide your business, please visit our Business page. If you would like to volunteer for this committee, please contact the Spirit of Anniston to learn more.
Civil Rights Heritage Trail
The Spirit of Anniston is developing a local Civil Rights Trail in conjunction with the 2010 publication of a new statewide Civil Rights Trail that will identify places all over Alabama where Civil Rights incidents took place. In addition, the local Trail is also being prepared in anticipation of the 2011 50th anniversary of the Freedom Rides. If you would like to volunteer for this committee, please contact the Spirit of Anniston to learn more. Our goals include:
Encouraging and spotlighting the preservation of the building that housed the Greyhound bus station where the first Freedom Ride attack took place;
Increased awareness of the Civil Rights history of Anniston and Calhoun County;
Increased heritage tourism & economic development for downtown and W. 15th St.
Economic development for other historic areas in Calhoun County such as Hobson City as the state’s first black municipality.
In a recent meeting, committee members met with intern Jason Wright to develop
branding materials for the Civil Rights Heritage Trail Project.
The Design Committee is currently researching opportunities to develop a “demonstration” area downtown to illustrate how trees and shrubs, seating, and banners can make downtown more attractive and pedestrian-friendly. One of the Committee’s goals is to use as many recycled objects as possible. If you would like to volunteer for this committee, please contact the Spirit of Anniston to learn more.
The Spirit of Anniston publishes a monthly e-newsletter. Please click here for information on viewing past issues and to become a subscriber.
We have a new brochure that includes a map of downtown, which has been distributed to interstate hotels and the I-20 welcome center.
Historic Downtown Anniston
Design work for our "Explore the Possibilities" campaign was completed by Rachel Sellers, Directional Design. The most recent addition to the campaign is the updated live website spiritofanniston.org
The Spirit of Anniston is governed by a Board of Directors and has one full-time and one part-time staff member. To contact members of the staff, please visit our Staff page, or call us at (256) 236-0996.