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Opelika is one of the fastest growing communities in Alabama and has been recognized as a Best Small City for Business by the US Chamber of Commerce and one of the South’s Best Cities by Southern Living. Opelika earned its moniker as the first “Smart City” in the State of Alabama with a state-of-the-art 425-mile fiber optic system providing high-speed internet to every home and business in Opelika. The Opelika Chamber has played a critical role in raising the profile of our community to achieve these milestones.

Although Opelika has much of which to be proud, challenges persist. Competition for jobs and talent has never been tougher. While offering networking / event opportunities to members is an important part of its role, the Opelika Chamber must now take a stepped-up approach to proactively drive business and overall economic growth in Opelika and the region. 

The Forward Opelika Economic Growth Initiative is a comprehensive five-year $3.5 million strategic community and economic development plan designed to:

The Forward Opelika Initiative addresses our biggest economic challenges and opportunities with well-conceived strategies and clear metrics. This is the right moment for this bold initiative, and the Opelika Chamber of Commerce is the right organization to lead this endeavor in collaboration with essential private and public sector partners.

We can only be successful if all businesses and stakeholders with an interest in Opelika’s economic strength and resiliency step up, engage—and exercise financial leadership by investing in this plan and the future. Join us, by helping ensure that Opelika is the place where people and businesses come to grow, thrive, and succeed!


Co-chair for Website - Cannon (1)
Co-chair for Website - Johnson (2)
For web - Forward Opelika Co-chair - Scott
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