Center Point, class of 2017, designated 2020, cityofcenterpoint.org
With a current population of just over 16,400, Center Point is a newer Alabama city located in northeastern Jefferson County that was incorporated in 2002 but grew out of a historic community beginning with the Native Americans that occupied the land in the 1700s. Center Point is in close proximity to three major interstate systems (US 65, 59/20 and 459) and has two state highway systems running through its city limits (AL Hwy 75 and 79). Alabama Highway 75 is the main thoroughfare for the city and more than 35,000 automobiles travel this road daily. A demographic survey for retail/industrial relocations in the city reported there are 65,000 people in the trade area and 100,000 within a 10-mile radius of the city. Therefore, both the employment recruitment and consumer pools are large. While these numbers are high in density, they do not detract from the small town feel and sense of community one experiences in Center Point. With multiple schools and many religious institutions, there is plenty of opportunity for community engagement. Center Point is home to three parks in its recreation department and has a strong youth sports program. There are many community events throughout the year, such as the annual Christmas Parade and tree lighting ceremony, two festivals, National Night Out and a summer farmers market that engage a large segment of the population.
Using an aggressive grant writing strategy, the city has funded significant necessities and amenities citywide without going into major debt. This places Center Point in a unique position financially. Prudent fiscal management ensures the city has a great credit record, and with the addition of Autocar, the oldest truck company in America, as well as the purchase of property that will engage a large segment of the population for a community center and library, the city is poised and primed for growth.
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