Dothan and Houston County Growth

By: Erika Kurre Email
By: Erika Kurre Email

Keeping the city moving forward is one of the biggest challenges facing Dothan officials, especially considering the latest census results.

When you hear about growth in Dothan and Houston County, you probably immediately think of more traffic and longer lines.

However, believe it or not, this is a good thing.

Dothan Area Chamber of Commerce President Matt Parker said, "That opens up more opportunity for investment, when your market's growing and people are following those stats. Again, we're adding a lot of things to our market we've not ever had and that's just going to prepare more opportunities to grow. So it's all good."

All this leads to higher quality of life and a record low unemployment rate in Houston County.

In fact, right now, the county has the fifth lowest unemployment rate for a metro area in the nation.

Parker added, "A lot of that's tied to diversity of our economy and keeping up with our infrastructure and really, you know, we're pursuing and going after a lot of different things because of the market changes. So it's a good place to be right now."

However, with all this recent growth, the city is now challenged with how to maintain it.

"We need to market our resources and our availability out there. We need to get projects in here whether they're in our backyard or our neighbors. We need to support that and I think everyone has a really good feel in that regard, to work together. And that really makes this environment a great place to be right now," concluded Parker.

Dothan and Houston County have also maintained a 15-percent growth rate in the past decade, which is well above the national average.

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