The Alabama Elk River Development Agency awarded Spirit of Athens a $5,000 grant to be used in a vacant lot behind High Cotton Arts. After improvements, that space be used for outdoor art classes and special events.  The project will be facilitated by Athens Arts League - a committee of Spirit of Athens. 

Fore more information on High Cotton Arts, visit the FB page or Athens Arts League website

Join the celebration this weekend for House of Holland's grand opening! 

by Holly Hollman
NerdWallet, an online consumer advocate business, ranks Athens in the Top 20 for First-Time Homebuyers in Alabama. Athens ranked No. 20.

Here is a link to the rankings and story from NerdWallet.

Earlier this year, out of 100 cities in the nation, NerdWallet ranked Athens No. 2 – behind Big Spring, Texas – for having a strong middle class. The middle class is rising in Athens and has a 46.9 percent share of the aggregate income in Athens, NerdWallet reported.

Representatives from NerdWallet visited Athens earlier this year to meet with the Mayor’s Office, Greater Limestone County Chamber of Commerce, Limestone County Economic Development Association and Spirit of Athens to learn more about the city and in particular, its resources for small businesses.

“Our citizens have known that Athens offers the strong attributes all communities need to thrive, which are public safety, jobs, education and quality of life,” Athens Mayor Ronnie Marks said. “In recent years, we have started receiving state and national recognition. This is another example that shows our City Council, our employees, and our citizens work to make Athens a wonderful place to live.”

These are just two of several state and national rankings the City of Athens has received this year. Niche.com ranked Athens No. 5 in the state and No. 63 in the nation as the Best Town to Buy a House. Niche.com offers rankings and statistics on every neighborhood and city in the U.S. to help people find the best places to live, visit and raise a family.