Business View Civil Municipal June 2023

112 CIVIL AND MUNICIPAL VOLUME 4, ISSUE 6 OZARK AL QUE HISTORY AND A BRIGHT FUTURE Ozark is a historical city, with small-town charm, “ Mayor Mark Blankenship explains, his voice echoing with pride. “We have a great downtown and a unique historical street leading to it, lined with older homes that have been lovingly renovated over the years.” Ozark’s rich history isn’t confined to its charming architecture but extends to the military. It is the home of the formidable Fort Novosel, formerly known as Fort Rucker, one of the town’s most significant assets. The base’s gate leads directly into Ozark, creating a unique fusion of military and local life. “We’re a big aviation-related city, given our proximity to Fort Novosel,” Mayor Blankenship shares, a testament to the symbiotic relationship between Ozark and its military base. “ With its beautiful historic downtown, Ozark, AL beams with economic growth