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New businesses find home in Gardendale

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The city of Gardendale is undergoing a lot of change. New businesses and new residents are moving into the city.  

"We've been really blessed. Its been a lot of hard work," said Othell Phillips, Mayor of Gardendale. 

Census data shows the city has grown nearly 20% in the last decade.  Mayor Phillips adds that revenue has risen every year since 2010.  21 new businesses opened last year and another 9 opened this year. 

The city is also working on the formation of a new school system, which was approved by voters and the city council. 

People, who live and work in Gardendale, see the uptick in development and the formation of a new school district  as good indicators of a growing and vibrant community. 

"I like it out here. I really do," said Ken Bass, who has lived in Gardendale for the last 11 years. 

" Gardendale is becoming the Hoover of the north. It [recent business development] helps the economy; more jobs are added.  It's a win-win situation for everybody," said Todd Nicholson. 
      
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