Autauga County

Autauga County’s county-seat is the City of Prattville, which is home to the famed golf Robert Trent Jones golf course, The Legends at Capitol Hill. The area has, in recent years, become a destination for golf aficionados worldwide. If golf is not on ones to-do list, the Bass Pro Shop has everything required for the outdoorsman for fishing, hiking or hunting.

Prattville Baptist, one of the three Baptist Health Hospitals in the River Region, is an acute care, 85-bed community hospital. Originally built in 1952 by two local physicians, Prattville Baptist has grown to offer a wide range of services to residents of Autauga and Elmore counties. As a progressive, community-oriented hospital, Prattville Baptist Hospital is committed to serving the community with the most modern medical technology, with the added advantage of having the other two Baptist Health hospitals only minutes down Interstate 65 in Montgomery.

 

Autauga County, once inhabited by Native Americans, identifies its residents as friendly people who benefit from a leisurely lifestyle with a variety of outdoor recreational choices in the gently rolling land of the Appalachian foothills. Autauga County is older than the state itself, having been established in 1818 while Alabama was still a territory. Indeed, it was this plentiful water that first attracted Daniel Pratt, who harnessed the flow of Autauga Creek to supply a ready source of power to his various industrial enterprises.

 

Prattville

The City of Prattville is a charming New England-style village nestled in the heart of the Deep South. As the “birthplace of industry” in Alabama, Prattville’s rich history spans the life and accomplishments of its founder Daniel Pratt, the great industrialist who manufactured cotton gins. Prattville features the Daniel Pratt Historic District, listed in the National Register of Historic Places, where some of the sites date back to the Civil War era. Today, Prattville is the seat of government in Autauga County, founded in 1818, thus making it “a county older than the state.”

 

Also called the “Fountain City” (named for the abundance of artesian wells), Prattville boasts a wide variety of natural and recreational attractions including: golfing, canoeing, hiking, and fishing, along with cultural and retail attractions, antique and specialty stores, and a variety of restaurants.

 

Elmore County

Ranking 5th on Alabama’s Economic Vitality Index, Elmore County lies in the east-central part of the state and appeals to many for its unique charm, scenic beauty and rich history. It is drained by the Coosa and the Tallapoosa Rivers, which merge to form the Alabama River a few miles south of Wetumpka, encompassing 622 square miles. Major municipalities include Tallassee, Millbrook, Eclectic and the County Seat of Wetumpka. With excellent schools, parks and recreation, mountain bike trails and whitewater kayaking, it is no wonder that Elmore is one of the fastest growing Counties in the State.

 

Millbrook, Alabama

Millbrook, a community of 14,000 located in Elmore County, is in one of the fastest growing counties in the state. With a rich heritage dating back to the 1700’s, today,  the City of Millbrookretains the best of its early features and abundant natural resources – Lake Jordan and Lake Martin - while aggressively pursuing economic development opportunities. Just fifteen minutes from Montgomery, Millbrook provides physician families with a rural lifestyle and the friendliness of small town living with the convenience of the three major River Region hospitals in Montgomery (Jackson Hospital and Baptist Health) to the community hospitals in nearby Prattville (Prattville Baptist) and Wetumpka (Elmore Community Hospital), shopping centers, the Montgomery Regional Airport, and the additional arts, educational and recreational amenities of a major southern city. During the early part of the 20th Century, Millbrook became a summer retreat with seasonal homes and cabins providing fresh country air and quiet. Today, ease of access to both Interstates 65 and 85 is paving the way for prosperity. With substantial land area in which to expand and develop, Millbrook’s future is very bright.

 

Tallassee, Alabama

Fondly known by residents and non-residents alike as "the Treasure on the Tallapoosa," Tallassee is a small town in south central Alabama. It is strategically located 10 minutes from I-85, and just 20 minutes to Auburn toward the east and the State Capitol of Montgomery to the west. Tallassee is the industrial core of Elmore County with GKN Aerospace and Neptune Technology Group.

A distinctive feature of the town is that both the Tallassee Community Hospital and the Tallassee Public City School System, which is repeatedly academically competitive in the River Region, are owned by the community.

 

Tallassee’s natural resources are bountiful with the Tallapoosa River coursing through its heart and Lake Martin in the “back yard.” Hunting, fishing, boating and all types of outdoor activities are easily accessible. Tallassee offers the pastoral lifestyle of a friendly village with close proximity to the amenities of a bustling city.

 

Wetumpka, Alabama

Residents of Wetumpka, Alabama like to say that they are building for a great future from the foundation of a proud history. The county seat for Elmore County, Wetumpka benefits from the Coosa River running through downtown near the juncture of the Tallapoosa River to form the Alabama River that meanders to the Gulf of Mexico.  Set in the Appalachian foothills that run north to Georgia and North Carolina, Wetumpka has the delightful small-town blend of the past and the present.

 

In addition to numerous events and activities focused on the natural environment provided by the rivers and foothills, Wetumpka also has historic sites. Fort Toulouse,  a French fort constructed in 1714, remains today it as a “living museum”. AndStars Fell on Alabama – literally – as evidenced by theWetumpka Impact Crater! Eighty-four million years ago a meteor fell that had a 2.3 billion TNT equivalent explosion. The City of Wetumpka is currently working with citizens, crater experts, business leaders and the Chamber of Commerce to create an educational and recreational opportunity at the crater site.

 

For physician families seeking a small town near a major city, Wetumpka could be the right fit. Elmore County Community Hospital is located there, and physicians have the added benefit of a ready referral base when needed to two Baptist hospitals and Jackson Hospital only 30 minutes away inMontgomery. As with all communities, changes have occurred. Yet, happily, some things haven’t changed—the spirit of community among Wetumpka’s citizens and the warmth and hospitality exhibited to new residents and visitors.

 

 

 

 

Lowndes County

Lowndes County was established on January 20, 1830 in honor of William Lowndes, a statesman from South Carolina. A quiet, rural county of 10,000 residents, it is home to lush hunting lands, as well as fishing and boating recreational opportunities in the Alabama River.

 

Hayneville is the county seat and there are six additional incorporated townships. Lowndes County has two public high schools, two public middle schools, three public elementary schools. Lowndes Academy, located in the picturesque village of Lowndesboro, has the only private P-K through 12th grade school.

 

The major transportation routes are I-65 and US highways 80 and 31. Some of the major attractions are the Lowndes County Interpretative Center, which is focused on the historic Selma to Montgomery March, Southern Sportsman's Hunting Lodge,Holy Ground Battlefield Park, and Calico Fort Arts and Crafts Festival.

Major industries include Sabic (formerly GE Plastics), Daehan Solutions Alabama, Inc. (a Hyundai supplier), American Apparel, Kelly Aerospace, Inc., Cummings Inc., Bates Turkey Farm and Priester's Pecans.

 

Macon County

Populated primarily by individuals who appreciate the tranquility of rural life, Macon County, Alabama is on the I-85 corridor between Montgomery and Atlanta. Peppered with communities with such colorful names as Goldust, Liverpool, Notasulga, Shorter and Society Hill, Macon County invites families to enjoy life in a small community or in Tuskegee, the county seat.  As the eastern gateway of the five-county River Region of central Alabama, Macon County has not only the world-renowned Tuskegee University, but also benefits from proximity to five other accredited colleges and universities merely thirty minutes away in Montgomery. It is in the most desirable business belt of the South, halfway between the automotive plants of Kia and Hyundai, and conveniently accessible to the airports in Atlanta and Montgomery. Historical and outdoor recreational sites abound, including the famedTuskegee Airmen Museum, the George Washington Carver Museum, the Tuskegee Human and Civil Rights Multicultural Center and the Tuskegee National Forest.

 

Montgomery County

Chair of the Montgomery County Commission, Elton Dean, refers to his counterpart at the City of Montgomery, Mayor Todd Strange, as his “partner” in achieving Montgomery’s economic and quality of life successes in recent years. Leslie Sanders, Vice-president of Alabama Power Co. Southern Division, states, “Whether it is an economic development prospect in town or a Fortune 500 CEO attending a special event, they are blown away by the spirit of cooperation and trust between the mayor and commission chairman and by the extraordinary leadership they see in Montgomery, [city and county], Alabama”.

 

Federal and state governments are the largest employers in Montgomery County, which benefits greatly from being home to two Air Force bases, Maxwell Air Force Base and Gunter Annex. Gunter Annex houses the Headquarters 754th Electronic Systems Group and supports secure combat information systems and networks for the Air Force, the Department of Defense and Federal agencies. Maxwell Air Force Base dates back 1910 and the Wright Brothers' flying school. Today, Maxwell has an economic impact of $2.6 B. Air University, integral to the Air Force’s accredited military intellectual and leadership education system, annually educates a world-wide student body of over 70 different countries, as well as making a welcomed cultural impact on the River Region. Many military retirees remain in or return to the River Region to live when they retire.

 

Interestingly, the largest non-governmental employer is a healthcare provider, Baptist Health, which has two hospitals in the City of Montgomery and a smaller facility in Prattville in Autauga County. (See section on this website on The Medical Community for details about Baptist and Jackson Hospital).Baptist Medical Center East was ranked by Truven Health Analytics in the Top 100 Hospitals in the U.S. three times in the last four years.

 

The aspiration for a manufacturing presence was met emphatically when Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Alabamabroke ground in April of 2002 in Montgomery County in the Hope Hull community for its first U.S. automobile plant, driving the River Region to become sought after, not only by Hyundai suppliers, but by other businesses and industry as well. Hyundai has a $1.5 Billion economic impact in Montgomery County and $2.8 B in the state.

 

Montgomery County, the most populous in the Montgomery Metropolitan Statistical Area, had a 2011 population of 232,032. Governance is by a 5-member elected body, the Montgomery County Commission, which is responsible for funding a full array of governmental services, including Montgomery Public Schools. The county jointly operates the Montgomery City-County Public Library system with the City of Montgomery.

 

Montgomery County was established on December 6, 1816 and is named for Lemuel P. Montgomery, a military officer killed at the Battle of Horseshoe Bend in the War of 1812. Montgomery County is home to Alabama’s historic Capitol City, also called Montgomery. Besides the City of Montgomery, there is the Town of Pike Road, which is an incorporated community of 5,447 residents in the eastern part of the county. Additionally there are 10 unincorporated communities within Montgomery County. There are sixty-two properties and districts listed on the National Register in the county, including three National Historic Landmarks.

 

“With the addition of restaurants and nightlife near the Riverwalk Stadium, Montgomery is livelier than ever.”

 

 

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