The City of Atmore welcomes you!
Atmore was once just a small town but now has grown into the largest city in Escambia County and 62nd largest in the state. A community of approximately 10,000 Atmore is proud to say we are big enough to grow and for your dreams to come true yet small enough to call home with its warmth and friendly charm. Just 50 miles north of Mobile and Pensacola, Atmore is perfectly positioned to be an attractive area for businesses and families alike. Named one of The Top 50 Safest Cities in Alabama in 2017, Atmore is home to passionate citizens and visionary leadership that is dedicated to revitalizing the city. This redevelopment has attracted new companies, brought in the next generation of workers and residents while keeping our current citizens happy.
From discovering the shops on Main Street to marveling at the beauty of the Little River State Forest and Magnolia Branch Wildlife Reserve, Atmore holds a wealth of entertainment for residents and visitors alike. Other amenities of the area include the Atmore Municipal Airport, a state-of-the-art Outpatient Clinic, and several city pools. The City of Atmore and Atmore Area Chamber of Commerce are dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for everyone by attracting a skilled workforce, local and regional businesses, and higher-paying jobs.
The City of Atmore has a unique advantage being within close proximity of Interstate 65, which provides a passageway to Gulf Coast beaches and is also part of the aerospace corridor
in our region.
Atmore is governed by a mayor and five-member city council which oversees the operations of the city and works in conjunction with other entities, such as the Chamber of Commerce, Poarch Band of Creek Indians and the Escambia County Commission, to improve and maintain the quality of life for our citizens. Council members also oversee the city’s departments – Fire Department, Police Department, Atmore Municipal Airport, Streets and Beautification, Public Works, Cemeteries, and Parks and Recreation.
Mayor Jim Staff, a life-long resident of Atmore, is currently serving his second term. Prior to becoming Mayor, he served three consecutive terms as District 5 Council Member. The governing body of Atmore is comprised of representatives of five districts. District 1 is represented by Mayor ProTem Webb Nall, who is serving his sixth council term. District 3 is represented by Councilman Chris Walker, who is serving his third term. District 4 Councilwoman Susan Smith and District 5 Councilman Chris Harrison are each serving a second term in office. District 2 Councilman Jerome Webster is serving his first term in office.
This Council brings more than fifty years of experience to the City of Atmore. Offices located in City Hall include City Clerk’s Office, Revenue Department, Business License, Code Enforcement, and Building Inspections/Permits.
CIVIC ORGANIZATIONS, CLUBS, AND SOCIETIES
A variety of clubs and organizations offer social and volunteer opportunities throughout Atmore. These clubs include Rotary Club, Lions Club, Ladies of Essence, Women of Distinction, Retired Senior Volunteer Program, Concerned Citizens of Atmore, Progressive Civic and Recreational Club, Pride of Atmore, and the Historical Society. In addition, Atmore is home to multiple organizations that support our youth such as Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Youth Softball and Baseball, and Big Brother Big Sister. Other groups available to work with are Greater Escambia Council for the Arts, Library Partners of Atmore, Atmore Community Hospital Auxiliary, American Legion Post 90, American Legion Auxiliary, VFW Post 7016, Atmore Memorial VFW Auxiliary, American Red Cross, Atmore Area Christian Care Ministry, Atmore Garden Club, Neighborhood Garden Club, and many more.
QUALITY OF LIFE FOR SENIORS
The City of Atmore is committed to providing services to our senior citizens on a daily basis. These services have proven to be vital in keeping our older citizens independent. Two assisted living facilities (The Meadows and The Summit) one nursing home (Atmore Nursing
Center), and the Atmore SAIL Center serve senior citizens in Atmore and its outlying areas. The SAIL Center contributes in a positive way to the quality of life senior citizens enjoy, not only by providing meals but by offering health education by various healthcare professionals, safety education and daily activities. Meals are available to seniors in the congregate meal setting, as well as through homebound delivery of meals. Atmore has two vans that are used for the transportation of senior citizens for social outings, health fairs and events with seniors from other areas.
Atmore’s downtown is thriving! We have had several new retail businesses in the downtown district as well as other parts of the City. Several upscale clothing and gift shops have opened, as well as some new restaurants and antique stores. In addition to unique retail shops and restaurants and an active community theater, Pride of Atmore, whose goal is to revitalize downtown, continues to be very active. One of their major projects is the renovation of the Strand Theater.
The Pride of Atmore Organization/Strand Theatre Arts Center is a 501 (C)(3) non-profit organization whose main mission is to preserve and protect the historical legacy of Atmore. Plans are to renovate an old downtown hardware store that will become a primary focal point for a multi-faceted Arts and Cultural Center to enhance the quality of life in Atmore and surrounding communities. Planned activities include concerts, lectures, and summer film programs for students.
Local assistance to startup businesses through the Church Street Incubator Program provides space and guidance for new businesses. This initiative provides an incentive to new businesses to locate in our downtown business corridor bringing more employment opportunities to our residents.
As you can see from all of the activities, one of the essential components that make us great is community involvement and teamwork. Whether you are a resident, a visitor looking to relocate, or you’re searching for a home for a potential business, we believe that you will find that the City of Atmore has a lot to offer, and we are glad you are here!