City recognizes employees
The city of Madison has recognized the following employees with service pins: Marvin Baker, mayor's office, 15 years; Steve Wilkerson, police, five years; Kenny Palmer, police, 15 years; Mike Allen, police, 10 years; Monique Johnson, public works, 10 years. Mayor Jan Wells presented the service pins to the employees.
Huntsville ranks third in national best places to live and work
Adding to the list of recognitions for economic stability and desirability, Huntsville achieved the third ranking of best places to live and work in America in Employment Review Magazine's eighth annual index.
The national publication basis its list on community economics, substantial job growth, good schools, recreation, cultural events, along with other factors.
Huntsville was described as a highly prosperous city with affordability being cited as the key. The city was also credited with maintaining a stable economy during unstable times and being a leader in technological advancement.
Another determining factor contributing to the city's high ranking was the average annual salary per employee – second only to Atlanta in the south as well above state and national averages. The Huntsville metro area's favorable cost of living index information and a 17 percent growth rate to 2008 added to its attractiveness in overall competition for the top spots.
The ranking is the latest addition to a lengthy list of national designations garnered by the Huntsville/Madison County region.