Welcome from the CEO

As President and CEO of the Mountain Lakes Chamber of Commerce, it is my pleasure to welcome you to Jackson County- the place many of us are fortunate to call home.

“And then I’ll touch the green, green grass of home.” These words were written by Jackson County native Curly Putman.

Putman moved from Princeton to Nashville and wrote many famous country songs that were recorded by singers from all genres. But he never forgot the “green, green grass” of Jackson County.

That’s the way it is here in Jackson County. Whether you live, work or visit this beautiful part of northeast Alabama, it leaves a lasting impression on you. Located at the southern tip of the Appalachian Mountains, people come here and are surprised to see mountains in Alabama. Then there is 69,000-acre Lake Guntersville that is consistently ranked as one of the top largemouth bass fishing lakes in the country. The slogan here is “Where the Mountains Meet the Lakes” and that certainly rings true for Jackson County.

Many of our businesses and industries have been here for decades. A big reason for that is the people. Jackson County is home to some of the most wonderful people in the country.

Many of our industries have expanded numerous times. That tells you a lot about a community. The thirteen municipalities in the county are filled with good, caring people who want to see Jackson County grow and prosper.

We are now home to Google!! Yes, Google is building a Data Center here. This will be one of only nine data centers in the U.S. and fourteen in the world. When the Governor announced that Google was coming here, people all over the word “googled” Jackson County. This is truly a “Game-Changer” for our community!

YES!! Jackson County is open for business! We have partnerships with the Jackson County Economic Development Authority, the Scottsboro and Jackson County School Systems, the Earnest Pruitt Center of Technology, Northeast Alabama Community College, IMPACT Learning Center, our elected official on the local, state and federal level- all working together to make sure Jackson County is the best it can be.

The Mountain Lakes Chamber of Commerce has implemented a five-year plan, Gateway to the Future- One Vision-One Voice-One Jackson County, to keep us moving forward. These six initiatives are designed to help us take advantage of the economic times within our grasp:

* Industry Driven Talent Development
* Destination Marketing and Tourism
* Messaging/Image/Rebranding/Communication
* Public Policy and Advocacy
* Business Growth and Recruitment
* Northeast Alabama Young Professionals

All six initiatives define who we are as a Chamber and our primary objectives. If you would like to learn more, visit our website at www.mountainlakeschamber.com.

Jackson County is in the perfect place in the state as it borders Tennessee to the north, Georgia to the east and is a short drive to three major interstates- I-59, I-24 and I-65. The location is perfect for businesses that want and need easy access to excellent roadways, navigable waters and rail service. It is also close to an international cargo hub at Huntsville International Airport.

So, YES, Jackson County is open for business! Whether you are looking to start or relocate your business, searching for a place to retire and call home, or a place to visit to fish, hunt, shop or just relax, Jackson County is the place for you.

We welcome you to the “green, green grass” of Jackson County.

Rick Roden, President/CEO
Mountain Lakes Chamber of Commerce

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