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Montgomery ranks 29th for speedy recession recovery

Granite Transformations Owner, Joe Medlin talks about how the recession is over for his business and many others. Granite Transformations Owner, Joe Medlin talks about how the recession is over for his business and many others.

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MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - For Joe Medlin at Granite Transformations in Montgomery, the word "recession" is a word of the past.

"I think people really started getting tired of the anxieties that were really prevalent throughout the country," says Medlin, the owner of Granite Transformations.

Medlin says the recession forced many homeowners to remodel instead of buy new houses which caused sales to skyrocket.

"2009 was our best year ever," he says.

And it's not slowing down.

Medlin says 2010 is already shaping up nicely for more than just his business.

"I've talked to others in completely unrelated industries and they say, 'yup, we're starting to see...things are definitely moving in the right direction,'" adds Medlin.

Montgomery's bounce back is getting noticed.

In a report compiled by a national research firm, Montgomery ranked 29th out of nearly 400 cities for showing strong recovery from the recession.

"It's just good to have that validation," says Montgomery Mayor Todd Strange.

Strange believes an increase in December sales tax revenues and home sales is the reason why.  He says it's all thanks to restored consumer confidence.

"They've gone out and bought more things.  The fact that they're traveling more, there are more conventions, I think begins to give them a bit of hope for the future," adds Strange.

Medlin says he knew it wouldn't take long to say goodbye to the recession blues.

"I really believe that the Montgomery market has been a shining star," he says.

Medlin adds his sales increase has allowed him to do some hiring.

Mayor Strange says the city has a handful of companies looking at Montgomery.  That could bring as many as 1700 jobs to the city.

Other Alabama cities were listed in the report:

Huntsville: 2nd

Mobile: 4th

Auburn: 23rd

Birmingham: 53rd

Tuscaloosa: 61st

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