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Bibb County: Timber and Tourism Boom

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Bibb County may be the smallest county in Alabama, according to their Industrial Development Authority. But for such a small space, Bibb County is seeing a lot of potential.

The main industry in Bibb County is timber, and just driving through the county, you can see why. Trees surround the county and are in abundance. Timber brings many jobs to the area, and it's a vital part of the community.

As well as timber, Bibb County is also known for its natural resources, most notably, the Cahaba River. The Cahaba runs through most of the county and is a source of pride for residents. It's also an economic booster in the way of tourism. The river brings in people wanting to canoe, kayak, or tube. Those tourists spend their dollars at local eateries and shops. Other areas for tourism in Bibb County include Talladega National Forest, Brierfield Ironworks State Park, Bibb County Lake, and wildlife preserves. All these areas boost tourism for the county and are great sites for boaters, hunters, fishers, and hikers to visit.

Another area where Bibb County is succeeding is in its industrial recruitment. The county and city leaders work closely with the IDA and Chamber of Commerce to bring in more jobs to this largely-bedroom community. One industrial park in Bibb County is already at full capacity. A second has just been built, and if the move-in of ThyssenKrupp Materials North America is any indicator, city leaders are hoping it too will be a success. ThyssenKrupp alone brought 500-600 jobs for the county. Leaders are also actively seeking to bring other companies to Bibb. With Mercedes close-by, Bibb is hoping to see some growth from Mercedes's increased production. Bibb County leaders believe their workforce is skilled and prepared for these new industries to come in, and residents say they're ready to see more jobs in their area.

Overall, Bibb County is a community ready for growth. From timber to tourism, the county is rich in resources and is prepared for big growth.

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