Despite the economic state of the country, 2013 was a great year for Dothan. Tax revenue increased throughout the year and that's lead more businesses to want to come to Dothan.
"I think the prospects for Dothan are really phenomenal," said City Manager, Mike West.
West has seen the economic highs and lows of Dothan--and now with a successful year for retailers in the books, he believes 2014 is only going to be better.
"As far as 2014 concerns, obviously the development of the medical school in the eastern part of town, we have a new shopping center being planned there, new hotel and we've seen a little bit of growth and we continue to see growth," said West.
The opening of ACOM this year wasn't the only economic boost to the area, Commercial Jet and the new workers it attracted are also a factor.
"The goal here is to create jobs and as we create jobs we put people back to work and people are able to support their families and also bring support to local businesses. As those people go to work they spend money and those are all significant factors," said West.
Plans for the area named 'Dothan Village' that were once partially approved by the city planning commission in 2009 but postponed due to the recession will likely become a reality this year.
"We've truly seen a lot of interest in growth and development now that the economy is turning around so I think that 2014 is very positive and I think we'll continue to grow, develop and prosper and create jobs for our residents," he said.
Among all of the projects that in the beginning phases we do know of a few businesses that are certain to come in 2014: Carmax is set to open in march on the Circle and restaurant 'Full Moon BBQ' will be on 231 North across from Academy Sports.
Carolyn Brewster is a multimedia journalist at WDHN News Follow her on Twitter @CarolynWDHN