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Chris Lund welcomes newcomers to his ‘town’

MADISON – The idea of ‘community and family’ still lives inside Madison, Chris Lund believes.

“For how many people we have per square mile, the feeling of a tight community/family still exists,” Chris said.

A prime example is Parrots of the Caribbean, held Aug. 26. “Every person was turning left and right, either knowing the person there or sharing a common friend, neighbor, organization, church or take your pick,” Chris said.

While Madison is a melting pot, everyone embraces the idea of ‘small town,’ Chris said. “Waving at your neighbor as you drive down your neighborhood is something you don’t get everywhere.” While some communities strive to elevate to ‘city’ status, Madison “prides itself in being a ‘town.'”

Chris works as Events and Marketing Coordinator for Madison Chamber of Commerce.

“Working at the chamber opens so many doors to meet the movers and shakers of Madison and to hear the public’s thoughts on the direction they would like to go,” he said. “I work alongside Mayor Paul Finley, County Commissioner Steve Haraway, Senator Bill Holtzclaw and most business owners/managers.”

Leaving work, he enjoys “actually feeling I’ve made a difference and have helped my community.”

The chamber wants everyone to feel welcome when they move — even before, he said. When newcomers call the chamber about a prospective move, they’re always happy with the diverse details they gather about Madison living.

Born in New Jersey, Chris has lived in Madison 20-plus years and graduated from Bob Jones High School. He only lived elsewhere while attending the University of North Alabama.

Since he has lived here, Chris has witnessed unprecedented growth: construction of Madison City Hall, Dublin Park, Bob Jones and County Line’s developments with James Clemens High School. Yet, elected officials, churches and civic organizations have helped preserve a sense of community.

Recently, Chris coached the Mighty Pikachus, a ‘5 and under’ basketball team at Dublin. “I just volunteered. I figured it’s what my parents would do. My father and mother, Chris and Kim, are the most amazing people I know. All they do is give, give and give some more. They’re my heroes!”

Chris also serves as entertainment co-chair for Madison Street Festival. “I volunteer alongside some the most passionate people about Madison you’ll ever meet,” he said.

Any style of country is Chris’ favorite music. He likes Cricket’s, Old Black Bear, Bruegger’s and “anything on wheels.”

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