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This is southern living at its best. This is how life is supposed to be.

City of Florence

From the houses on the bluffs overlooking the Tennessee River to the beautiful and historic homes in the city’s downtown area, life in Florence is full of beauty.

Whether you’re looking to do business in Florence, visit us, or looking to relocate, this is the website where you can find anything about the City of Florence.

We have an excellent climate, with four gentle and distinct seasons; terrific recreation opportunities, and the beautiful Tennessee River at our southern boundary; a thriving retail and manufacturing economy; a reverent sense of history and culture; superior schools; and the friendliest people in the world. This is a great place to live, work, and play!

Shoals Chamber of Commerce

The Shoals is considered a very affordable and likable place to live, in the view of many college and business experts who study a combination of factors used to determine an area’s quality of life. The Shoals consists of Florence, Muscle Shoals, Sheffield, and Tuscumbia, and occupies approximately 1,425 square miles of land in Colbert and Lauderdale counties of Northwest Alabama.

Business and Industry in the Shoals draw from a civilian labor force in excess of 410,000 workers from a thirteen county area. A recent independent economic assessment of the commuting watershed noted the population growth for the Shoals is expected to be significant, contributing to the available supply of labor.

North Alabama is an area of unsurpassed beauty — a region of natural wonders where you will find miles of riverside parks, communities of diverse cultures, and a treasure chest of vacation destinations. The Shoals area is one of these treasure chests in North Alabama. The Shoals is made up of four cities in the northwest corner of Alabama.

Our Chamber is the organization of influence that enables Shoals area citizens to achieve a higher standard of living and a better quality of life through the economic successes of its members. As a Chamber member, you will be associated with more than 1,000 other Shoals area businesses employing more than 45,000 people. The Shoals Chamber is one of the TOP 10 largest Chambers of Commerce in Alabama.


The Shoals

Whether you’re searching for an available industrial building or a prime industrial site as a new location for your company, you’ll find what you need in The Shoals area of North Alabama! We have had great success over the past few years and welcome the opportunity to show you what we have to offer!


Florence-Lauderdale Public Library

Genealogy, computer lab, an exciting children’s area, state-of-the-art technology, reading rooms, permanent art collection, history department, and year-round programs tailored for you-all this at the 40,000 square foot library in historic downtown Florence. And, if you haven’t had enough stimulation, a coffee shop too!

Located: 350 Wood Avenue, Florence.
Phone 256-764-6564.
Hours Monday-Thursday, 10 AM-7 PM. Friday-Saturday, 10 AM-5 PM. Sunday 1 PM-5 PM.


Lauderdale County

A number of important industries used Lauderdale County’s abundant waterpower, these including cotton and cloth mills, one of these being operated both before and after the Civil War on Cypress Creek near Florence. Another mill made cloth for Confederate Army uniforms and still another guns for the Southern cause. Both were destroyed by Union soldiers, while another large mill was wrecked by flood waters of the creek.

Today waterpower speaks volumes. Coursing through the great turbines of the TVA dams, the mighty waters of the Tennessee River are producing low cost power, lighting the homes of thousands of citizens and turning the wheels of industry in a region second to none in natural and human resources.

Lauderdale County, boasting a $10 million yearly income from its farms and many additional millions from its payrolls, stands on the threshold of a great era of progress. No area in the entire nation holds greater promise or offers more in good living, health, and contentment.


University of North Alabama

The University of North Alabama was established in 1830, and is located in the heart of Downtown Florence. The campus was designed by the country’s most renowned landscape architect, Frederick Law Olmsted, who designed Central Park and the Mall area of Washington D.C.

Approximately 7,000 students attend UNA including international students from over 50 countries. UNA also boasts the only live Lion mascots in the country living on campus, Leo III and Una, born on November 18, 2002, now reside on the campus in the 12,764 square-foot George H. Carroll Lion Habitat.

256-765-4100 or 1-800-TALK-UNA