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Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle was first elected to office 13 years ago. Last week he addressed local business during the annual State of the City address and showed them the progress that Huntsville has made over the last decade-plus.

“There’s been so much good over the past year,” Battle said. “We need to celebrate it.”

Most of the good Battle referred to came in the form of growth for the city: growth in population, jobs, housing, quality of life initiatives and industry.

Over the past decade, Huntsville has seen a 20% growth in its population, last year was named the largest city in Alabama and it has also seen a shift in the median age of Huntsville with 51% of the population being between the ages of 18-44, according to the mayor.

“We don’t want to be the biggest. We want to be the best,” Battle said.

The city has seen local industry invest $12.4 billion into the local economy since 2010, with $2.4 billion in investments taking place during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Jobs have increased by 41,500 over the past decade, which accounted for 25% of the state’s total job growth.

The number of new jobs and people moving to Huntsville means that the city has seen an increase in housing construction, which included 10,000 new apartment units and over 14,000 new homes.

“About half of these are under construction generating about $400 million in investments this past year, alone,” Battle said.

He touted the city’s current parks, entertainment districts and greenways and said there were plans in the works to build more specifically a new pro-level skate park, which was made possible by an anonymous $1 million donation.

The city has also repaved 350 miles of roads, has $200 million in roads under construction, plans to spend about $500 million more after that, which means over the last 10 years, the city has spent around $1 billion on road construction.

“It’s everybody’s responsibility to preserve what we have,” Battle said.

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