MADISON COUNTY, Ala. - Madison County Commission Chairman Dale Strong presented his State of the County Address at the Von Braun Center North Hall.
Madison County continues its busting at the seams pace of progress. County Commission Chairman Dale Strong highlighted Aerojet Rocketdyne, Blue Origin, Facebook, Mazda-Toyota and more in his state of the county address.
"This is an exciting time there's a bunch of counties a bunch of states that wish they could have announced in the last six years 25,000 new jobs," said Dale Strong, Madison County Commission Chairman.
While progress can be painful, Strong says city and county leaders are aware that infrastructure is a concern with continued growth.
"The concerns that are there are not just mine but legislatively it's the mayors, its other commissioners, our infrastructure. There's more than 300 million under construction, recently completed, or in design right now but there is a lot of needs on our infrastructure so the dialogue is wide open," said Strong.
Strong said Madison County sells its self. Companies and individuals are wanting to come to the county with little or no incentives.
"We're more selective in who we are recruiting. I think it takes less incentives and in many cases no incentives because we've got the right education level. We've got a lot to offer here and I think that`s one of our biggest recruiting tools for new companies."
Strong says that Madison County already has negotiations in the works for business to come to the county in 2019.
"Not only have we done a better job of letting the rest of the country know what we have to offer. We are letting the rest of the world know what we have to offer."
When we asked Strong, who they were courting next, he said officials can't reveal that just yet, but he did say salaries are the magnet for Madison County.
Watch the State of the County Address here:
A few big announcements made today at the State of the County Address that people can be looking forward to:
- Madison County Services Center, located at the corner of Oakwood Avenue and Memorial Parkway will open in 2020. The services center will have a large parking lot with free spaces and will free up space at the courthouse downtown. The Service Center will house the county's
- Probate Office
- License Department
- Tax Assessor
- Tax Collector
- Sales Tax Department
- There has been approval for a new courthouse in downtown Huntsville
- Huntsville Hospital plans to add 72 private beds and build a new patient tower on the main campus
- Huntsville International Airport has two new carriers, Frontier and Silver Air
- Madison County Sheriff Mike Turner is adding 10 deputies to accommodate growth