Leaders Discuss State of Dothan and Houston Co.

It’s been a good year for Dothan and Houston County.

“The city is financially strong. We are investing in our community with leisure services, roads, and infrastructure,” said Dothan Mayor Mike Schmitz.

He and Houston County Commission Chairman Mark Culver spoke at Wednesday’s Dothan Area Chamber of Commerce luncheon.

They’ve started on projects like two new libraries, $20 million in road work, and the beginning phases of a joint communications center.

But their first concern has been job creation.

They hit the jackpot earlier this year, when Commercial Jet announced they were moving in at the Dothan airport.

“The addition of 500 jobs, great paying jobs, $25 million in yearly payroll, that’s the best thing we were able to do,” said Schmitz.

Houston County Commission Chairman Mark Culver said, “I think our success with Commercial Jet certainly creates and awareness. People see we are great community with a great workforce and we are willing to step up and do what it takes to get companies here.”

Culver says the city and county’s partnership also gives them an advantage when working towards job creation.

“How fortunate we are to have to commissions that work closely together. It is a unique situation.”

“One of our goals is to raise the standard of living. Raise the average household income. The only way to do that is to create good paying jobs,” said Schmitz.

That’s something people at the luncheon were happy to hear.

Dothan is great right now, and having the reassurance and seeing the future plans for the city and people of Dothan and Houston County is confirmation that we’re at the right place.

They’ve also landed a Chinese Manufacturing Symposium. That will bring about 400 business leaders to the circle city later this year.

In addition to this, Mayor Schmitz mentioned a potential deal with another manufacturing company based out of Florida.

Both Schmitz and Culver say one financial concern they have is building up a good reserve in the case of a natural disaster much like the tornado that ripped through Tuscaloosa two years ago.

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