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Mayor Tommy Battle Marks Three Year Anniversary


City of Huntsville (Huntsville, AL)-Mayor Tommy Battle marked his third anniversary in office by highlighting successes and reaffirming priorities for the City of Huntsville.

Citing teamwork at the core of his foundation, the Mayor credited the spirit of cooperation and commitment as key to his administration's success record.

According to the Mayor, it was the concerted effort to work collaboratively with area leaders, along with his administration's commitment to strengthen relationships with lawmakers in Montgomery, that resulted in Huntsville's finally receiving its proportionate share of state highway funds. Since he took office in 2008, the return has risen from 53 cents on the dollar to nearly 97 cents.

"For years we have been working on getting the infrastructure dollars we need from Montgomery," said Mayor Battle. "Huntsville has been the state's leader in economic growth for 17 of the past 20 years, and it is during this administration that we have been able to receive appropriate assistance on our infrastructure, to build and maintain the badly needed highway and road systems for our growing community."

During Mayor Battle's three years in office, the City became the first in the state to receive and maintain its historic AAA bond ratings from Moody's and Standard & Poor's credit services-a distinction awarded to less than two percent of municipalities.

Mayor Battle believes Huntsville's star is poised to rise even higher. He pledges to continue developing and nurturing the City's NASA, energy, and cyber initiatives that will generate high-paying jobs for the community while attracting the brightest minds in the country.

Key to job growth will be education and a well-trained workforce, and Mayor Battle is confident that City schools are getting back on track, thanks to the leadership of new superintendent Dr. Casey Wardynski.

"We have much to be thankful for in Huntsville," said Battle. "The quality of life in our community-our museums, botanical garden, Von Braun Center, and symphony-along with the quality of our people, the citizens of Huntsville, is unparalleled. There is no finer city in the world."

The Mayor will present an in-depth review of the past year and will offer a preview of exciting plans for the future during his annual State of the City address on Wednesday, Nov. 9, at the Von Braun Center. The address will be carried live at 12:15 p.m. on most local television stations, or viewers may watch the address via streaming video on the City's web site at huntsvilleal.gov.

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