"We're growing fast, we're planning for the growth and we're excited to be recognized again," says Michelle Gilliam Jordan, Economic Development Coordinator for City of Huntsville.
A new study naming Huntsville one of the fastest growing cities in the United States. No doubt the growth is prevalent. But, officials say it's been part of the plan all along.
"The preparation the community has made in order to succeed in those efforts and then also the efforts to diversify our economy over the past many decades," explains Ethan Hadley, Chamber of Commerce.
Huntsville is ready for more residents and businesses.
"All the pieces make for a really special place," says Jordan.
Pieces like job creation, schools and parks.
"Absolutely. We know what's important, what families are looking for, young professionals to our seniors. They want a safe place to live, they want a beautiful place to live, want to be able to take advantage of our walking trails and have a great opportunity to have a fulfilling career and we really think that Huntsville is that place," says Jordan.
An estimated 1,000 households expected to move here in the next five years.
So what's next for Huntsville?
"Our leadership said in order to get through the tough times we'll need to buckle down and we've done that. As a result we've become smarter, we're working smarter, and we're looking forward, and looking forward to the future," says Jordan.
Hadley says, "[We] are conscious that we need to grow in a smart way so that's what we're doing."