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WHAT'S WORKING: Cullman Co. is tops for raising children and attracting new industries

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CULLMAN COUNTY, AL -

Just straight north of Jefferson and part of Blount counties, Cullman County is known as the number one producer of quality poultry in Alabama. However, that is not all when it comes to distinctions; recently the county's seat of Cullman was named as the  number one place to raise children in the state of Alabama.

Less than 40 minutes from Birmingham, Cullman County is home to more than 80,000 residents often described as hard-working, dedicated and family-oriented citizens.

The county seat is Cullman, a town hit hard by tornadoes on April 27, 2011 but is now bustling with new energy as businesses open in the downtown area.

On the job front, the Alabama Department of Labor latest April 2013 data lists the county's unemployment rate at 5.2 percent, which is lower than that state's non-seasonally adjusted rate of 6 percent.

From a concentrated and consistent push to attract a wide range of industries for locals to the County's Economic Development Agency and Chamber of Commerce working together to aggressively attract businesses to the county; right now, Cullman County leaders are engaged in multiple efforts -- namely, the facade grant program that assists business owners in improving store fronts in the historic downtown business district, and incentives for businesses to stay in Cullman and for buyers to shop local.

In this Alabama's 13 What's Working report, journalist Bettina Boateng, producer Danielle Deavours and photojournalist Ben Bryson take you north of the Birmingham metro area to introduce you to the faces and  places to hear what citizens and county leaders believe is working in Cullman  County.  Please click the video player below  to  view the online video report.

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