Editorial: Prosperity

Alabama is expected to out pace America in economic growth this year.

It would be the sixth straight year that's happened.

Auomotive suppliers, shipbuilders and the aerospace industry will lead the way.

Alabama's unemployment rate is well below the national average of 4.5 percent and our median family income is at its highest level ever - over $51,000.

We still trail the national average considerably in that metric so there is much room for improvement.

Additional investment in education this year throughout the state will help in growing median income.

Prosperity is certainly in the eye of the beholder and all of us feel we can do better.

Collectively, we should realize our future is incredibly bright here.

Believing in ourselves and in our community will go a long way to helping sustain our growth.