Following an announcement from Boeing Co. that it will bring one of five research centers to Huntsville and create between 300 and 400 high-paying jobs as part of a restructuring of its Boeing Research & Technology organization, Governor Robert Bentley and north Alabama leaders released the following statements.
"I am excited by Boeing's decision to locate a new research center to Huntsville that will create a significant number of jobs for the people in Madison County," Governor Robert Bentley said. "Innovation and research are key components of our Accelerate Alabama plan for job creation, and Huntsville is the perfect location for this new Boeing research center. Boeing has been in Alabama for over 50 years, and today's news is a continuation of the great partnership between Boeing and the State of Alabama. I appreciate Boeing's investment in Huntsville and its confidence in the Alabama workforce."
Alabama Secretary of Commerce Greg Canfield
"We are working hard to create high-skilled, high-paying jobs in Alabama like those announced today by Boeing," Alabama Secretary of Commerce Greg Canfield said. "This project is perfectly aligned with the goals of the Accelerate Alabama plan, which aims to expand the technology and research sectors that support advanced manufacturing."
Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle
"This represents another new area of technological depth in Huntsville and is further validation of Boeing's continued investment in our city," Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle said. "The program reaffirms our dedication to the STEM disciplines we teach in our schools that will prepare students for the future workforce."
Madison County Commission Chairman Dale Strong
"This is great news for our county and our entire region," Madison County Commission Chairman Dale Strong said. "Boeing has a rich history in our community solving some of the most difficult technical challenges our nation has ever faced. From the space program to protecting our nation from missile attacks their engineers have led the way. This new center will help Boeing continue to support these programs and help design a new future for commercial aviation. We pursued this project aggressively as a team because it is a great fit for our community and could lead to more good news down the road. This announcement shows that Boeing understands this is a great place to do business and that we stand ready to support any new program or mission that they choose to locate in our community."