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Huntsville, Alabama: An Award-Winning Place To Live and Work
by Mike Manosky
2006, All Rights Reserved

The year 2006 has certainly been a banner year for Huntsville, Alabama. Real estate markets in and around Huntsville are booming, businesses are thriving, communities are growing and achievements are being made. It's showing, too. Every month (sometimes multiple times per month) Huntsville, Alabama is honored with yet another award. These are not obscure presentations by organizations nobody has ever heard of. These are prestigious recognitions from magazines such as Forbes, Inc. and Entrepreneur.

Huntsville: One of America's 50 Hottest Cities

The year started with Expansion Magazine naming Huntsville as one of America's 50 Hottest Cities. Expansion reports, "The consultants, whose identities remain confidential, were asked to list their top city choices for relocating and expanding manufacturing companies, taking into consideration such factors as the business climate, work force quality, operating costs, incentive programs, and the ease of working with local political and economic development officials." Positioned at #22, you'll find Huntsville. Real estate development and market conditions are likely to also play an important role in Expansion's decisions because cost of living and the current condition of the real estate market is so closely related.

Top 10 Green City, Huntsville, Alabama

In April 2006, Huntsville was named one of the Top 10 Green Cities in the U.S. by the Green Guide. Because of our energy-efficiency, our less polluting practices and our healthy living spaces, we were recognized with this prestigious honor.

Huntsville Recognized As A "Best Place" To Raise A Family or Operate A Business

May brought about three outstanding awards for Huntsville. "Best Place to Raise A Family" from Sperling's Best Places was granted to Huntsville. Real estate, cost of living, schools and other factors contributed to Huntsville receiving this honor.

In addition, both Inc. and Forbes magazines awarded Huntsville with recognition as one of the Country's Hottest Midsize Cities and one of the nation's Leading Cities for Business and Career. Because of Huntsville's attractiveness to national and international science, manufacturing and other businesses, and because of Huntsville's real estate market, schools, crime rate and other factors, we were recognized as a superlative city.

Best Value for Salaries and Cost of Living and Military Community of Excellence

The summer also brought additional awards to be proud of. The first was who named Huntsville as a Best Value for Salaries and Cost of Living this past June. The following August, Expansion Magazine, in a special issue, named Huntsville a "Military Community of Excellence." Considering the onslaught of new civilian and military personnel brought in by the Base Realignment and Closures (BRAC), Huntsville should take great pride in the fact that she is not only keeping pace, but thriving.

Entrepreneurs Love Huntsville

September came with the announcement that Huntsville was named a Top Entrepreneur Hot Spot by Entrepreneur magazine. No surprise, considering everything you've read about our town thus far.

Huntsville has been an outstanding town for years. However, as of late, she has truly grown into her own. As more businesses and military and civilian families move into our area, the prosperity is sure to continue. Dedicated to education, family and community, Huntsville will certainly remain an award-winning city for decades to come.

About the Author
Mike Manosky has over 15-years experience in Huntsville, Alabama real estate. If you're thinking of moving to Huntsville, real estate listings that match your criteria can be sent to you immediately. Contact Mike today to get started. .

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