Economic development the focus of Limestone County State of the County address

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LIMESTONE COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) - Multiple leaders of Limestone County gathered for a luncheon as they discussed the past, present, and future of the county.

"In the last 15 months we brought more than $400 million in investment,  and 2500 new jobs to Limestone County," said Commission Chairman Mark Yarbrough.

The audience applauded mention of Polaris, one of many projects bringing money and opportunity to the area.

Yarbrough says he looks forward to more investment and more industry, saying it's just as beneficial to small business.

"If you bring the jobs, where's that money going to be spent? Look around you today. You bought gas, you buy clothes, you get your haircut, you go to the grocery store, you go shop, that's where the money is spent," he smiled. "It's Economics 101."

Madison County Commission Chairman Dale Strong, Chamber of Commerce President Chip Cherry, Commissioner Steve Haraway, and Madison Mayor Troy Trulock also attended the luncheon.

The cooperation and support across city and county lines was also mentioned in Yarbrough's address as a key factor of the county's success.

Also in the address, Yarbrough mentioned the East Limestone Senior Center, and the desire to bring senior centers to other areas of the county.

The Limestone County Jail received 24 additional individual cells for inmates that need to remain isolated, whether it be due to mental illness or danger they pose to others.

He mentioned ongoing renovations at the courthouse, including the construction of a steel frame inside.