Is the boom back in Prattville? – Alabama News

Is the boom back in Prattville? – Alabama News


A look at new projects and jobs in Prattville/Autauga County.

PRATTVILLE — It’s been a good three years or so for economic development in Prattville and Autauga County, but not quite the heyday of retail growth in the early 2000s.

Prattville Area Chamber of Commerce figures show that for the period of June 2016 to July 2017, 43 new businesses opened, 700 new jobs were created and there was a $270 million total in capital investment.

Those capital numbers are driven heavily by the May announcement that James Hardie Building Materials would site a $220 million plant in Prattville, creating 205 jobs. LEDIC Realty announced in January its intentions to build 146 luxury lofts and apartments at the downtown gin shop, a $20 million project.

“It’s been a very good year,” said Amy Brabham, the chamber’s economic development director. She gave a report card of sorts recently to the Prattville City Council and Autauga County Commission. In her comments to the city council, she thanked them for their support. “We are fortunate to have a team in place that works together. We have thrown several projects at you in the past three years. We try to bring you good projects, and we appreciate your support of those projects.”

The time frame for the report isn’t random – Brabham was hired in June of 2014.

Prattville set the bar high in the early years of this century. Orange dirt was being moved around regularly, making way for big announcements. Bass Pro Shops landed first. Then…

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