Cullman Magazine Winter 2018 - Page 25

ther and mother had both worked in the past. “It was interesting to see that come full circle,” he said. Looking to the future for Cullman and the sur- rounding area, Hall said he believes it has a possi- bility to continue the growth that has been occur- ring in recent years. “Cullman’s done a good job of working to keep Cullman special while allowing the growth that needs to happen for the community and the people who live here,” he said. One part of realizing that potential is keeping young people in the area instead of having them leave after they graduate high school, and continu- ing to encourage students to go to Wallace State Community College could help in that area. “We’re doing a good job in the community of trying to promote that more,” he said. “It’s a valu- able asset to the community and Cullman County in general, and we need to try to promote it in the high schools as much as possible.” There are people who live in the area who want to stay here, and providing opportunities for young adults to stay here can only help Cullman and Cull- man County continue to grow, Hall said. “There’s a strong group of young adults that are eager to be able to make Cullman their home, where they work and live,” he said. “There’s a num- ber of adults who move away and then they come back, and it would be nice to keep them in Cull- man sooner rather than later in their lives. Cull- man has always been a special place full of amazing people. As the towns to the north and south on 65 continue to grow it will be exciting to see what Austin Hall and his wife, Mallory, and their four children: Finley Kate, 7, Thatcher, 4, Quaid, 2, and Yates, 6 months. the leadership in Cullman does to respond for our community.” Hall and his wife have four children, and with his young family and a growing business in his hometown, Hall said he doesn’t have any plans to leave Cullman. “Nearen has been in Cullman for over 50 years, and I hope I’m around to see it be here for another 50 plus,” he said. “Cullman’s been a good home for Nearen, and we’ve always found it to be a good city for us and it’s always been home for my family.” Cullman magazine | WINTER 2018 25