Montgomery, Alabama (WSFA) – Business is booming again in downtown Montgomery. Like most cities, the capital has seen a decline in large gatherings during the pandemic.
However, a string of events are filling the city calendar over the next few weeks, which is good news for the city’s tax base and downtown businesses.
More and more people are dining, shopping and staying in Montgomery.
“We are very busy right now, which is very good,” said Ron Simmons of the Montgomery Area Chamber of Commerce, who said there is no slowdown anytime soon.
4,000 people are expected to attend the Air Force Technical Conference in Montgomery later this month. An economic effect of more than $7 million is expected.
“There will be some big meetings here. There will be some sporting events scheduled. Of course, it’s always football season. That helps,” Simmons said.
Downtown Montgomery draws local and national visitors. Last weekend, Buckmaster attracted about 20,000 people. And Montgomery’s biggest party, the Hog Days of Summer Barbecue and Music Festival, will fill the Train Shed this weekend.
“We are a group of lifelong friends who grew up in Montgomery,” explains Stuart Franco. “We all grew up going to Jubilee Cityfest and enjoying good music downtown, and we wanted to bring that back.”
Football is back too. The Cramton Bowl will host his FCS Kickoff game this Saturday.
From Seattle to Palm Beach, Saturday at 2:30 p.m., every sports bar and restaurant in the United States will play the game. So think about the reach we have,” said Johnny Williams.
And the Chamber hopes that this kind of exposure will make people want to work here, play here, not just visit here.
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