Vestavia Hills Living

2014

Official magazine published by the Vestavia Hills Chamber of Commerce for the City of Vestavia Hills which details the quality of life, education, shopping and lifestyle of Vestavia Hills.

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18 28 46 66 10 Meet the Chair of the Board Please join us in our ongoing quest to support local Vestavia Hills businesses. 12 welcome from the chamber A letter from our president. 14 Trustees Help Build a Strong Chamber More than 1,100 individuals and organizations align themselves as members of the Vestavia Hills Chamber of Commerce each year. 16 Business of the Year Each year the Chamber of Commerce recognizes two businesses for top performance and contributions to the local community. 18 Economic Development Economic development is a simple equation of creating or enhancing a quality of place by utilizing partnerships and relationships. 20 New Face at City Hall Moving to Vestavia Hills was a big step for Jeff Downes, who took over as City Manager in July 2013. 22 City Hall Currently, a new City Hall is taking shape and will soon be visible on Montgomery Highway adjacent to the Vestavia Plaza Shopping Center. 24 Citizens of the Year This marvelous event began in 1988 to recognize and to formally and publicly express appreciation to civic-minded citizens who volunteer time and talent to make a positive difference in our community 28 Schools The excellent school system continues to be a top draw for families who choose to move to or stay in Vestavia Hills. 38 presidential Scholars Twelve students from Vestavia Hills High School were named presidential scholars this year, the highest number from any one school in the state of Alabama. 40 Churches Churches are a vital part of our community landscape 44 Active Seniors Thrive in Vestavia Hills Americans are living longer than ever before, which means many people are enjoying longer, more active retirement years than in the past. 46 Parks and Recreation The Vestavia Hills Department of Parks and Recreation has a long history of working to make life better for all residents. 50 Sibyl Temple Wendy Henry's personal experience with the Sibyl Temple underscores the importance of the landmark to local residents. 54 Civic Clubs Residents of all ages participate in various groups, often with the purpose of making a difference and giving back to the community. 58 Rocky Ridge Rescues Leah Lagrone began fostering and rescuing Great Danes more than a decade ago. 62 Viva Vestavia Viva Vestavia, the annual celebration of food and wine from Vestavia Hills restaurateurs, has become a highly anticipated tradition. 66 Wing Ding Leadership Vestavia Hills hosted its third annual Wing Ding, a local hot wing cooking competition and music festival benefiting the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. 68 Artists Inc. Artists Incorporated opened in a renovated, landmark red barn in Vestavia Hills' Rocky Ridge area in 1999. The gallery represents 54 Alabama artists, providing a wide variety of quality work. 70 vestavia hills in photos Take a look at our beloved city. 79 chamber of commerce 2014 Membership Directory Cover photo by Jennifer Hagler contents table of 2 0 1 4 v e s tav i a h i l l s l i v i n g 9

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