Listen as Chairman Dale Strong of Alabama discusses how the Madison County area has achieved economic growth during COVID-19.


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economic growth during covid-19Chairman Dale Strong
Madison County Commission

Dale W. Strong began his 3rd consecutive term as Chairman of the Madison County Commission in November 2020 after being the first Republican elected as Commission Chairman in November 2012. Born at Medical Center Hospital in Huntsville, AL, Dale has lived in Madison County all his life. His wife, Laura, has a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Auburn University. She also earned a Bachelor of Science in Hospital Administration from the University of Alabama in Birmingham and a Master’s in Education from Alabama A&M University.

Chairman Strong and his wife have a daughter, Whitney Louise Strong, and a son, Harrison Dale Strong. Chairman Strong is the son of the late Horace N. Strong, III and Judy Vaughn Strong, and is a member of Mt.Zion Baptist Church.

Before Dale set his sights on being a Madison County Commissioner, he worked for First Alabama Bank in Public Relations and Solvay Pharmaceutical as a Sales Representative. He has also served as a 911 Dispatcher and worked with Huntsville Emergency Medical Services, Inc. (HEMSI) and Huntsville Med-Flight. Dale continues to serve as an active member of the Monrovia Volunteer Fire Department as a volunteer firefighter and an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT). His commitment to the service of others and his community was recognized when he was awarded the Medal of Valor following the devastating tornado on Airport Road in Huntsville in November 1989.

In 1996, Dale was the youngest elected official in the State of Alabama when he began his first of four consecutive terms as a Madison County Commissioner. During his 16 years as Commissioner, Dale directed the accelerated growth of his District through the successful management of ALDOT and ATRIP road projects and improvements during one of the largest residential building development periods in Madison County.

Dale also led the efforts to bring a much-needed 60-bed hospital to serve the growing population in western Madison County. One of Dale’s most challenging responsibilities as Commissioner was the direction of the recovery and clean-up following the deadly tornadoes which struck his beloved community on April 27, 2011. Now known as the worst natural disaster in the history of the State of Alabama, more than 350 homes were destroyed throughout his District, thousands sustained major damage, and nine of his neighbors lost their lives. Strong led a remarkable clean-up and rebuilding effort where more than 500,000 cubic yards of debris were removed in record time.

As Madison County Commission Chairman, Mr. Strong’s priorities continue to be public safety, accountability, and equality while working to attract new jobs and industry to the most rapidly growing region in Alabama.

Episode Highlights – Economic Growth During COVID-19


  • Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
  • What are some of your primary responsibilities?
  • What’s a day in the life look like for you?

Economic Growth During COVID-19

  • Can you describe what it was like when COVID-19 was first reported/discovered?
  • How have things changed since that time?
  • Will you talk about Madison County’s economic growth during this time?
  • What was the most surprising thing that you’ve seen happen since the start of the pandemic?

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