MADISON, Ala. - Madison Mayor Troy Trulock took the stage Friday under the rocket at the Davidson Center to give attendees a look back at the accomplishments of 2015 and look ahead to the rest of 2016.
Trulock stated that he measures the quality of life in Madison by schools, homes, jobs and roads - all of which influence each other.
The center of Trulock's address was all about growth. Both economically and physically. He outlined successful projects in 2015, such as the County Line Road/I-565 interchange.
"That provided tremendous improvement to our quality of life, reduced our commute times, and opened up 800 acres of economic development," he said.
He also highlighted jobs across North Alabama as a reason more people are moving to madison, along with the development of Town Madison and future projects, such as the Western Growth Plan - a master plan for growth west of County Line Road.
"I cannot say how proud I am to be a mayor of an outstanding community, not just a city, but an outstanding community," he said, citing that the growth of Madison is truly a team effort between so many people from his local team to the local chambers of commerce, through state and federal agencies.
There are quite a few economic projects for Trulock to tout. At the corner of Wall Triana Highway and Browns-Ferry Road, a Kroger Grocery Store will anchor a 130,000 square foot shopping center, which will also feature up to three restaurants and 10 businesses. Another project - the 200+ acre Intergraph property south of Interstate 565 was purchased to become part of Town Madison.
With Trulock running for re-election and the city council continuing discussion about changing the city's form of government to include a possible city manager position, expect the flag of these projects to be waived high.
Trulock told us in December, “I tell folks that I consider about 90% of my job being the CEO of the city and about 10% being a politician. So, I may have to spend some time on that political side, but the key is you spend most of your time being the CEO for the city of Madison.”