Growth and expansion– that was a major theme in the State of the County address delivered today by Chairman Dale Strong.
Nearly 500 people packed into the VBC for an update on how Madison County is doing and where it’s headed.
In the last year, there have been a steady stream of groundbreakings and expansions happening in the county, and Strong says 2019 will be even busier.
Since 2000, Strong said the population of Madison County has grown 30%, adding 85,000 people, and that growth continues to take off.
“The last 6 years, we’ve produced more than 25,000 new jobs for the greater Madison County region,” he said.
Strong says 2019 will be even busier than last year as road infrastructure projects continue– a topic on the minds of those who attended.
“The room for improvement is the roads. We’re growing fast and it’s getting congested,” said Greg Bottom, a lifelong Huntsville resident. “The city is booming right now. Our business is booming. It’s just a good place to do business at.”
“We need to get the state more involved and show them that we are the economic engine for the entire state of Alabama,” explained Russ Russell, who is from Huntsville. “They need to understand that because we need roads in place. We’ve got industries coming in and businesses.”
In terms of what’s to come, there’s been Federal approval for a new courthouse in downtown Huntsville, and the Madison County Services center is set to open in 2020.