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South Huntsville Businesses Capitalize on Change

Published on March 17, 2017

The South Huntsville Business Association (SHBA), with the support of the City of Huntsville Planning Department, Council President Jennie Robinson, and Madison County Commissioner Phil Riddick, is launching a strategic planning initiative for their newly formed 501(c)(6) Non-profit Business League.  This effort includes support and guidance from Main Street Alabama, which the association joined in 2016.

The SHBA will host two workshops to begin setting key strategies and priorities on March 21 and April 18, from 3-4:30 p.m., at the Double Tree, 6000 Memorial Pkwy SW, Huntsville, AL 35802 (access off of Boulevard South, just south of Martin Road).

“As progress continues with South Parkway construction, we can see the asset this area will become,” said Jerry Cargile, SHBA Vice President. “There are significant changes coming to our district to include the opening of the new Grissom High School and the redevelopment of the existing Grissom Campus on Bailey Cove. We recognize some of the changes in our district also present challenges, but if we work together, we’ll find opportunities to showcase South Huntsville as a great place to do business.”

SHBA has been instrumental in partnering with the City and the Alabama Department of Transportation (ALDOT) to limit the negative impact of road and overpass construction. This includes opening the Benaroya Lane extension, installation of “Business Access” signs during the frontage road construction, and working to keep membership informed of changing traffic patterns as work continues.

“The South Huntsville Business Association has been a great partner with the City as we reinvent the South Parkway,” said Dr. Robinson. “This strategic planning effort will leverage existing opportunities and pave the way for exciting new developments.”

SHBA includes members with businesses or business interests within its boundaries. The geographic area encompasses the area south of Golf Road and Jones Valley Road to the Tennessee River, and from Baily Cove on the east to Redstone Arsenal on the west.

“We encourage all of our current and prospective members to take the time to participate in these upcoming meetings,” said Michelle Omenski, President of the Association. “There is no limit to what we can do together.”