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Tourism Development

Ingalls Harbor

Ingalls Harbor annually attracts fisherman from around the nation. Many national sport fishing tournaments have been held at Ingalls Harbor, including the Bassmasters Elite Series. The park has also become a favorite site for local events and has brought in more than $1 million into the local economy.

A campaign to complete Ingalls Harbor began in early 2010. The last phase of the park includes adding a large pavilion with a capacity of 750 persons, smaller pavilions, a river-heritage museum, more docks, and a lighthouse building. The plans for the final phase also include landscaping and parking improvements.

City Signage Projects

Two Morgan County communities - Hartselle and Somerville - received funding for new wayfinding signage. Hartselle's signage will direct visitors to the downtown area and tourism attractions. The Somerville signage will direct visitors to the town's historic courthouse.

New City Stage

The Decatur-Morgan County Convention and Visitors Bureau, along with the assistance of Alabama Senator Arthur Orr, helped secure a mobile entertainment stage for Morgan County to be used for local festivals and events. The stage, which was purchased with funding from the Alabama Bureau of Tourism and Travel, is available to rent and is managed by the Decatur-Morgan County Convention and Visitors Bureau.

New Press Box at Jack Allen Recreation Complex

The Jack Allen Recreation Complex has helped bring many soccer tournaments to Decatur. With the addition of a new press box, the complex is expected to be able to attract even more and better tournaments. The Decatur-Morgan County Convention and Visitors Bureau helped provide the new press box for the complex.

Hospitality Nature Park Upgrades

Located on the northeast entrance to Decatur, Hospitality Nature Park received upgrades in 2005 turning it into a family-friendly park and destination for fisherman and birding enthusiasts. The renovations included upgrades to the landscaping, new fishing amenities, improvement of natures trails, and a two-story birding kiosk.