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LEAP arrives today

Published 10:52am Thursday, May 9, 2013

Well, after many months of work and a lot of labor pains, our baby is finally here – Tallapoosa Publishers’ figurative baby, that is.

The Outlook staff began work on our 128-page progress edition called LEAP – standing for Leadership, Education, Assets and Progress – in January of this year after partnering with the Lake Martin Area Economic Development Alliance.

A copy of LEAP has been inserted into today’s edition of The Outlook and The Record.

In this edition, we highlighted local leaders, our city and county schools, Central Alabama Community College, Gateway to Education, our local industrial parks, UAB Medicine – The Cancer Center at RMC and so much more.

As Publisher Kenneth Boone states in his introduction letter, this magazine was designed not only with potential industries and businesses in mind but also for our own community.

There is so much to be thankful for in our community. I personally learned a great deal about our school systems, our healthcare facilities and our other assets – I hope it’s enlightening for all of our readers as it was for me.

One thing working on this publication – not to mention last year’s progress edition What’s Right Here – has taught me is that individuals in our community have to be the ones who are selling the Lake Martin area to outsiders.

Our area has been through a lot of changes the past 20 years, and in some ways we’re still searching for a new identity.

But through the efforts of our city councils, county commissions, business owners, the LMAEDA, our chambers of commerce and individual community members, I have no doubt that our area can grow and thrive in the coming years.

So many people are already banding together to make our community successful. But we need everyone’s help to make that a reality.

If we create a culture of encouragement and do our best to think out of the box in order to bring people here, not only to visit but to stay, then I see Alexander City being a great place to live, work and play for years to come.

I’d like to thank our editorial and advertising staffs for working together to bring this great magazine to our readers.

I’d also like to thank our advertisers as well – this magazine wouldn’t be possible without your support.

And last but certainly not least, I’d like to thank Sandra Fuller, Don McClellan and Denise Walls at the LMAEDA for their input. They provided great insight on what potential industries look for in a community, and I hope this publication can be yet another tool in our toolbox for industry recruitment.

And finally, to our readers – this has been one of my favorite publications that I’ve worked on as of yet in my time at Tallapoosa Publishers. I hope you enjoy reading it as much as we enjoyed producing it.

Spears is general manager and managing editor for The Outlook.

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