Dothan Alabama

Dothan officials will soon vote on new rules regulating digital billboards and portable signs.

The Dothan Eagle ( ) reports the city commission will vote on the proposed ordinance Tuesday.

Planning Director Todd McDonald said the rules are meant to update old regulations and provide the city with an improved look.

ACOM, by Steve Pearce of Southeast Alabama Medical Center

An economic impact study by the Dothan Area Chamber of Commerce estimates the Alabama College of Osteopathic Medicine will generate $34.5 million for the area this year.

   The study estimates the college's impact will be $169.3 million by 2020, and $295.7 million by 2030. The college is set to open in August with a class of 150 students.

   Some tell the Dothan Eagle ( ) those estimates will likely be surpassed with restaurants, health care facilities, banks and hotels being developed nearby.