By David Palmer
The Cullman Times
The City of Cullman has gained more accolades for its quality of life.
Business Alabama, a magazine that covers small business and industrial developments across the state, included Cullman among five communities that are considered “Some of Our Best Places.”
The article focuses on Fairhope, Mentone, Scottsboro, Eufala, and Cullman.
“Anytime you can get recognized for the quality of life we have in Cullman, it’s an outstanding recognition for the entire community,” Mayor Max Townson said.
In 2012, Bloomberg Businessweek voted Cullman the “Best place to raise your kids in Alabama.”
The Business Alabama publication also spotlighted Cullman’s recreation facilities in its article.
“We have a united effort in Cullman among our business leaders, schools and citizens. It takes everyone working together to make a strong community, and that’s what we’re experiencing here. This is just an outstanding recognition for the area,” Townson said.
An important point stressed in the article is Cullman’s rebuilding effort after the April 2011 tornado outbreak that destroyed or damaged numerous businesses in the city.
Townson and Cullman Area Chamber of Commerce president Leah Bolin both noted the importance of the efforts that arose after the tornado destruction.
“That’s where we saw the character of our people rise up,” Townson said. “People here care about each other.”
Bolin said the challenges presented by the tornado’s aftermath were met head-on by the community, noting that merchants chose to rebuild and that area residents united to clean up and assist one another through a difficult time.
“The tornado outbreak caused a lot of destruction, but the quality of the people rose above that to lead the community to come back better than before,” Bolin said. “Look around and you can see the enthusiasm and progress that’s afoot. Cullman and the entire area is moving beyond where it was before the storm.”
Bolin said being included in Business Alabama’s list is an honor for the community, but well deserved.
“We are strong in business, industry and education. We have great cooperation in the community and a valuable sense of purpose among those who want to build a productive future,” Bolin said.
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