FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, October 1, 2001
CONTACT: Natalie Springfield (205.226.8851) Kathryn Bowden (334.834.5495)
BIRMINGHAM Citizens will join state and community leaders in Birmingham
on Oct. 23 to consider Alabamas future. Their specific topic is What
are the next steps for rewriting Alabamas antiquated 1901 Constitution?
The conference, titled Why Alabama Cant Wait, will
be at the Richard M. Scrushy Conference Center. The public is invited.
Speakers will include leaders from education, business and government.
Workshops will invite citizens to deliberate on issues such as education
and local democracy. The program begins at 9 a.m. and concludes at
1 p.m., with lunch included.
Judge Howard Hawk of Arab will deliver the keynote address.
Governor Don Siegelman has been invited to welcome the conference
Among other speakers will be Mike Warren, chairman of
Energen Corp.; former U.S. Rep. Jack Edwards of Mobile; former Gov.
Albert Brewer; Thomas Meredith, chancellor of the University of Alabama
System; Dr. Thomas E. Corts, president of Samford University; and
Ethel H. Hall, vice-president, Alabama State Board of Education.
The heart of the program will include four workshops
for citizens to address reform issues. The topics are local democracy,
education, how a citizens constitutional convention can work and
Sponsors are Alabama Citizens for Constitutional Reform,
the Birmingham Area Chamber of Commerce, Jacksonville State University
and the Alabama-Georgia Foothills Forum.
The registration fee for the conference is $15. Students
will be admitted free. To receive registration materials, call Niki
Anthony at the Birmingham Area Chamber of Commerce (205.250.7651)
or send the names of participants and a check payable to ACCR in
care of the Birmingham Area Chamber of Commerce, P.O. Box 10127, Birmingham,
You may also register via e-mail at the web site by emailing
ACCR Executive Director Kathryn
The Scrushy Center is located on U. S. Highway 280, just
south of the interchange with I-459. Free parking will be available
for conference participants.
More details on the conference can be found on the web
site of the Birmingham Area Chamber of Commerce at www.birminghamchamber.com.
Click here for a copy of the scheduled events for the Constitutional
Reform Conference, Oct. 23, 2001.
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