Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle holds his annual State of the City Address

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. - Mayor Tommy Battle delivered his annual State of the City address at a luncheon sponsored by the Huntsville-Madison County Chamber on Tuesday.  Mayor Battle talked about the City’s economic future and his administration’s strategic plan to recruit a highly skilled millennial workforce, driven by urban development, Gig City/5G technology, innovation hubs, and quality of life options.

“We want to make sure we keep up with that growth with infrastructure, we want to make sure we can attract workers to our city," he said.  "If we do all of that, we’re going to be a success.”

Battle says 28,000 jobs have come to the city in the past decade. That job growth is essential to our city growing.

Kelli Thomas said the growth our city has seen saved her and her family.

”I’ve been here for almost 19 years now, and the growth is incredible area," she said. "The amount of jobs coming to this area, the opportunity coming to this area..."

Thomas benefited directly from that opportunity.

“I’m only a high school graduate, and I have a great job with great benefits, and I work for a good company," Thomas said. "Since I started at Toyota, when I applied there I was living in section 8 housing, I now own my own home, I have a car."

Battle said there are 28,000 other people in Huntsville who have the same story.

“We’re in a good position today but we’re not finished yet," he said.

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