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Rural Development

Central location, workforce pave way for Cullman expansion projects

CULLMAN, Alabama – The way Garlan Gudger Jr. sees it, Cullman’s vitality and business-friendly atmosphere make the city an ideal spot to live and work. A string of business expansions and new economic development projects in the community serves to confirm his belief.

“Cullman feels like a large town in a smaller town setting,” said Gudger, whose family-owned Southern Accents is one of the 10 largest architectural antiques firms in the nation. “You can call city officials directly and get a decision made quickly. We are able to move faster.

“Cullman has been on the incline since the (2011) tornado — it created an energy,” he added. “Downtown, there are now restaurants, cafes, boutiques and coffee shops. It almost feels like a pedestrian-planned community.”

DCOM-Ag-SnipeLocated along Interstate 65, just 40 minutes from both Birmingham and Huntsville, this city of 15,000 residents has become a thriving hub of diverse businesses such as auto suppliers, distribution operations and manufacturers. Expansion announcements have become commonplace, with projects totaling $160 million in investment and 500-plus jobs coming in 2012 alone.

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