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With approximately 32,000 people in its city limits, Prattville is the capital city’s neighbor just 13 miles to the north. This community boasts a bevy of things that make it something special. Its people exude Southern hospitality, and despite being among the five fastest growing areas in the state, Prattville has maintained its small-town charm.
It all started in 1833, when founder Daniel Pratt arrived on the scene. Acquiring land at the fall line of Autauga Creek, he established the town of Prattville and began manufacturing his cotton gins. His company became the foremost producer of cotton gins in the world, earning Prattville the designation of “Birthplace of Industry in Alabama.” Holding on to this heritage while moving ahead has given Prattville a character all its own, as Mayor Bill Gillespie Jr. explained. “Prattville is a city where progress and preservation go hand-in-hand. We are truly a city on the move, and we are proud of our rich history, but look forward to our future as the ‘Hometown’ of the River Region. We are also home to the world-class Robert Trent Jones Capitol Hill golf complex. Additionally, we are proud to have Alabama’s first Bass Pro Outdoor World, as well as many other shopping amenities.”
Patty Vanderwal, Executive President of the Prattville Area Chamber of Commerce, said, “There’s a lot of opportunity here. Our community is the best of both worlds. We have the beauty of nature with the convenience of city, and small-town closeness with unlimited growth potential.” Vanderwal added that Prattville’s growth could be credited to its community leadership and its education system, “We have strong schools here, with a good curriculum and other opportunities such as athletics.”
World-class golf is played in Prattville at the Robert Trent Jones golf courses. Prattville’s Capitol Hill is the crown jewel of the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail and is host to one of the LPGA National golf tournaments each fall.
International Paper Company, which opened as Union Camp in 1967, continues to be the largest employer in the Prattville area. Several smaller industries related to plastics, automotive industry-related manufacturing, packaging and power generation have also opened.
Prattville Shopping mixes modern and historic venues with a vibrant downtown district that is listed on the National Registry of Historic Places. Winding through portions of the downtown is a Creekwalk that is nestled along the banks of Autauga Creek.
“There is no shortage of pride when we talk about Prattville,” Vanderwal said, “Combine our rich history, quality of life, and our focus on the future, and it all adds up to success. We are a community that is moving forward—and the best is yet to come.”
We are proud of our progress and of our past. And, we are excited that you, too, will discover the beauty of Prattville and Autauga County that we have grown to love. We encourage you to join our friendly community and enjoy the best of both worlds…the beauty of nature with the convenience of city; small-town closeness with unlimited growth potential; and roots rich in history with a promising vision for the future.