Gary Davis, Bradley County mayor, introduced his new assistant, Dr. Lindsay Hathcock (who is also a Civitan member), and then presented a program of 2013’s successes and what is hoped for in 2014 at the most recent meeting of the Cleveland Civitan Club. Mayor Davis said the creation of a regional cooperative with local governments, businesses and other community stakeholders has been an important part of boosting economic development in our county as well as Northeast Alabama and Northwest Georgia. Thanks to that regional cooperative, new industry has been attracted such as Volkswagen, Wacker Chemical and Amazon. He continued by saying the county's recent jobless rate, now at 6.4 percent, and job growth of 2.9 percent are strong indicators our county continues to grow at a healthy rate compared to nearby counties with jobless rates at 7 percent or higher. This is also a reflection on the strength of the existing industries in our county such as Whirlpool, M&M Mars, and others. A recent audit of the books for the county offices was in good standing and Mayor Davis is optimistic for a strong year of growth ahead. Pictured from left are Nancy Neal, Davis and Phil Brown.