Alexander City, class of 2013, designated 2015, alexandercityal.gov
With a population of just over 14,800, Alexander City, which was incorporated in 1872 as Youngsville and renamed in 1873, is the largest municipality in Tallapoosa County and is located on the shores of Lake Martin. Also known by locals as “Alex City,” the community has a rich and varied history beginning with its American Indian heritage and running through frontier roots. In addition, natural resources have always been important. This was amplified in 1926 when an Alabama Power Company project created Lake Martin, the area’s most recognizable asset with 44,000 acres of clean sparkling water and 750 miles of shoreline dotted with cabins, condominiums, restaurants, marinas and Wind Creek State Park. Before the lake was ever imagined, cotton played a major role in shaping the city, as it still does today.
The city boasts a charming downtown, and the community comes together each summer to put on the popular Jazz Fest that’s been running for 30-plus years and attracts thousands. It features live concerts from jazz, blues and rock acts in downtown’s Strand Park on Friday night and more music under the stars on Saturday night at the Lake Martin amphitheater. The city continues to be aggressive in recruiting industry and new businesses. The Lake Martin Economic Development Alliance formed in 1998 and has a full-time staff actively pursuing new industry. The Alliance is a regional partnership between Coosa and Tallapoosa Counties, and Alexander City and Dadeville. In conjunction with the Lake Martin Area Industrial Development Authority, it has developed two industrial parks where several new diverse industries are located. U.S. Highway 280 is Alexander City’s primary corridor, providing quick access to Birmingham, Montgomery and Atlanta.
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