Forbes Names Auburn in the 25 Best Places to Retire

December 15th, 2014

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Four Alabama metro areas make list of top 100 smartest cities

December 1st, 2014

Birmingham Business Journal | November 26, 2014

Four Alabama metropolitan areas made the list of the 100 “Smartest Cities” in the U.S.

The 380 metro areas were compiled by NewGeography, who based the rankings on criteria related to making strides in educational attainment since 2000, according to a report from the Alabama Department of Commerce.

The Auburn-Opelika metro topped the list for cities in Alabama and finished in the top five nationally, coming in ranked at No. 4.

“At the turn of the millennium, college towns already had a decent base of educated people; now they seem able to attract and nurture tech companies as well,” the report says.

Huntsville ranked No. 61 and Daphne-Fairhope-Foley metro area ranked No. 73.

The Birmingham-Hoover metro area ranked in the top half of the list, finishing No. 100.

“To have four metro areas score in the top 100 of ‘America’s Smartest Cities’ shows that Alabama has vibrant local economies, strong colleges and universities, as well as a growing base of knowledge-based jobs,” said Greg Canfield, secretary of the Alabama Department of Commerce. “These factors make Alabama attractive to companies from the U.S. and around the world when they are looking for a location to expand their operations.”

Auburn-Opelika ranked the highest on the list, due to GE Aviation’s plan to launch production of jet engine nozzles by way of additive manufacturing at its Auburn location, the report said. Additionally, the report cited the $300 million expansion by Baxter International at its Opelika facility as a determining factor in the city’s ranking.

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OUR VIEW: Mayor Fuller’s Reason to Brag

November 24th, 2014

Opelika-Auburn News Editorial  |  Wednesday, November 19, 2014

 

Like any good mayor, Opelika Mayor Gary Fuller loves to brag about his hometown.

He did so again Monday in an email that he sent to dozens of community leaders. The mayor referenced a Monday article on al.com, where Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle said his city will take the first steps in January to becoming a “GIG City” with high-speed, fiber optic Internet service available to businesses and residences.

“Folks, it’s hard to get ahead of Huntsville on technology, but we’re now into our 2nd year of fiber to the premises and they’re just starting,” Mayor Fuller boasted.

The mayor and other officials believe the city’s fiber optic system will be a game changer for Opelika’s future. If so, then who knows what impact it will have on this town of 28,000 residents.

Opelika Power Services describes its new system as “one of the most advanced, high-tech fiber optic systems in the world.”

“While our rich heritage includes being a railroad town, our new locomotive is the lightning fast internet speeds, providing symmetric download and upload speeds,” OPS states on its website.

Fiber optic technology is now offered to virtually every resident and business in Opelika, thanks to 425 miles of fiber plant that started nearly three years ago. It will be years – maybe decades – before the city realizes the full economic impact of its system. However, it’s a good sign if cities such as Huntsville want to emulate what Opelika has accomplished.

Consider what Mayor Battle told Huntsville leaders this week in his annual State of the City Address: “Part of making Huntsville a vibrant, globally-connected community is looking at our connectivity. It’s all about big data and speed. We need a telecommunications infrastructure that’s bigger, faster, more reliable and affordable.”

Opelika residents already have that, and they are just beginning to enjoy the benefits.

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Southern College Towns Not Tired for Retirees

October 21st, 2014

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Opelika Puts Itself on the Main Line

August 27th, 2014

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2013 Professional Builder Magazine Silver Award

May 14th, 2014

National Village, American Eagle

Opelika, Ala. 

Entrant: Ingram & Associates, LLC

Builder: Conner Bros.

Designer: Larry Garnett Designs

Interior designer: Kay Green Design, Inc.

Developer: The Retirement Systems of Alabama

Land planner: Goodwyn/Mills/Cawood

Photographer: Meg McKinney Photos

Size: 1,585 sf

Hard cost (excluding land): $96/sf

Sales price: $253,900

Completion: June 2012

Average sales per month: 2+

No. of units: 41

Density: 2 units/acre

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National Village is a community catering to all types of homebuyers, with Craftsman-style houses on wooded lots and 300 acres of open green space, a resort-style pool complex, tennis, nature trails, and fishing. It’s also right next to the Grand National Golf Course, which was voted the No. 1 public golf course in the U.S. in 2010.

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The three–bedroom, two-bathroom homes have open floor plans and lots of natural light. But to give them unique charm, thoughtful details such as hardwood floors, screened-in porches, custom kitchen cabinets, and granite countertops were added. Homeowners can choose between gas and electric ranges, and between a side porch and a side-yard patio. Other features include 9-foot ceilings, double carports, and fully equipped kitchens with stainless appliances.

Auburn-Opelika Ranked A Best-Performing Small Metro

December 30th, 2013

National Village residents know that the Auburn-Opelika area is the ideal choice when buying a home in Alabama. In addition to the amenities that National Village residents enjoy in our resort community, there are ample reasons to love living in the Auburn-Opelika area overall. The area enjoys a distinct charm and electric atmosphere from being the home to Auburn University, and boasts incredible shopping, dining, entertainment and cultural attractions. There’s clearly a lot to love about Auburn-Opelika, and according to a recently released report, the economy is just another reason it’s a great place to live. The report, released by economic think tank the Milken Institute, ranked Auburn-Opelika in the top 50 best-performing small metros in the nation. 

The report measures the top 200 best-performing large metro areas and 179 best-performing small metro areas across the nation. Economic growth and the area’s ability to create and sustain jobs are analyzed to determine how well the areas are performing. Growth in jobs, wages, salary and technology are all factors that influence the rankings.

Auburn-Opelika made an impressive improvement from last year's report, jumping from an overall rank of 89 to its current rank of 37. This is due to the improvement in ranking for various individual components in the area, including the following: 

 ·      Five-year job growth

·      One-year job growth

·      Short-term job growth

·      One-year wages and salary growth

It’s impressive that Auburn-Opelika has improved in several areas of job growth in particular because it’s an important indicator of how the overall economy is fairing. Creating and sustaining high-quality jobs in metro areas is key for the future success of local economies, and according to the data, the Auburn-Opelika area seems to be fairing particularly well with this component.

Other Alabama metro areas made the list for both large and small best-performing metros, but no area had as high of a ranking as Auburn-Opelika. Other Alabama areas that also showed improvement in their ranking from last year's report include Birmingham-Hoover, Tuscaloosa and Gadsden.

Though this particular survey doesn’t measure housing indicators, Auburn-Opelika’s high ranking speaks volumes about the economic health of the area in general. A healthy economy is undoubtedly a positive asset to any area, and is just one of the many reasons that Auburn-Opelika is an excellent place to live and buy a home. Homeowners who are looking to enjoy all that Auburn-Opelika has to offer can find everything they’re looking for in National Village. No other community in the area compares to the incredible amenities and new construction homes in National Village, allowing our residents to enjoy all the benefits of living in Auburn-Opelika in unsurpassed style, luxury and convenience.

 

 SOURCES: al.com, The Milken Institute

New Home Sales up Sharply in October

December 18th, 2013

The improving housing market always finds a way to impress economists and industry experts!  The reports are in for new home sales during the month of October, and they are truly incredible!

It was announced that new home sales rose 25 percent in October, showing that this crucial division of the housing market is gaining momentum. According to the Census Bureau, the seasonally-adjusted annual pace for new homes reached 444,000 units in October, exceeding the estimated pace of 425,000 units.  The new pace is also far above September numbers, which sat at 354,000 units.  This unbelievably sharp increase is nearly unheard of in the housing market – but we’re not complaining!

New home sales are uniquely tied to economic recovery because they can indicate more than just numbers.  An increase in the sales of new homes shows that more people – builders, industry experts, buyers, and sellers – are regaining their confidence in the market.  As their confidence builds, the entire industry can benefit with new houses and new sources of jobs and revenue.  The building of just one new home can add up to five new jobs, further aiding economic recovery. 

Overall in Alabama, residential sales were up nine percent in October, bumping the revised year-to-date sales up by 11 percent, as reported by the Alabama Center for Real Estate (ACRE).  ACRE also reported that for the fourth month in a row, “Eighty-eight percent of the local housing markets across Alabama have experienced year-to-date sales growth when compared to 2012.”  So, not only is the housing market improving on a national scale, but on a statewide level too. 

National Village is one of the nicest golf resort communities in this part of the country, and is the only choice when searching for a new community to call home.  Our beautiful new homes are tucked away with a golf complex featured on the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail – every golf lover’s dream!

But, National Village is more than a community on the famous RTJ Golf Trail; it’s a classic Alabama neighborhood that is as fun to live in as it is beautiful.  Community features include access to the 600-acre Saugahtchee Lake, the tropical pool complex, four miles of walking trails, and best of all, landscape maintenance included for all homes and community areas.  And, is your family full of Auburn fans?  Good, so are we!  National Village’s proximity to the University ensures that your neighbors are as big of fans as you are – especially during this exciting time for Auburn Football!  War Eagle!

 

Source: ACRE, USA Today