Ad Spot

Growing through the motions

By Staff
BRAC 'better than car maker'
Leada Gore, Hartselle Enquirer
Jobs generated by the Base Realignment and Closure Commission's decision to bring multiple new commands to Redstone Arsenal will bring economic development from through much of the state, Gov. Bob Riley said.
"It's not just going to bring jobs into Hartselle or Decatur but from Birmingham north," Riley said in a phone interview last week. "We're looking at 12,000, 14,000 to 18,000 jobs going to occur. It's even bigger than getting an auto plant."
The BRAC commission's decision to commands to Redstone will bring an estimated 4,000 direct jobs and up to 10,000 additional support ones, as well as other jobs through increased hiring in service industries. The influx is expected to occur in the next two to three years.
"We're about to see a dynamic change we've never seen before in Alabama," Riley said. "I don't think you're going to see more economic development anywhere in the country than you're going to see here."
Riley, who is running for his second term, said he watched the process Calhoun County went through when Ft. McClellan closed and said he knew he would work hard to make sure the state didn't lose out this cycle.
"We watched two out of every five jobs leave Calhoun County then (when Ft. McClellan closed,) he said. "I vowed we'd never go through that again."
Riley said he feels many of the jobs will come from those serving the military commands at Redstone Arsenal.
"Most of these contractors are going to want to be near the decision markers," he said. "You're going to see a transition of all that from northern Virginia to northern Alabama."
The state's challenge will be to keep up with the influx.
"We have infrastructure needs we're going to have to address," he said. "If we can keep up with this growth we're creating some of the best jobs in the nation."

Hartselle

Bethel Baptist celebrates sesquicentennial 

Editor's picks

Cheers to the golden years: Columbia Cottage honors two centenarians 

Eva

Eva celebrates annual Frontier Days

Hartselle

Hartselle man guilty of rape of juvenile 

FRONT PAGE FEATURED

Hartselle Police Department looks to fill six positions  

Falkville

Falkville sets agenda for 25th fall festival 

FRONT PAGE FEATURED

New manufacturing program at Hartselle, Limestone schools 

FRONT PAGE FEATURED

Home Sweet Hartselle mural painted on Sparkman Street

Hartselle

Hartselle woman named to Inno under 25 

Hartselle

Volunteers, sponsors needed for Stars Over Hollywood prom 

Hartselle

Crowd gathers for 41st annual Depot Days 

Decatur

A heart for the arts: Hartselle art program receives River Clay grant

FRONT PAGE FEATURED

Chiropractor released after charge of poisoning wife back in jail  

FRONT PAGE FEATURED

Morgan employees in line for 5 percent pay hike  

Hartselle

Chiropractor charged with poisoning wife released on bond 

Editor's picks

Hartselle homecoming kick-off showcases school spirit

FRONT PAGE FEATURED

Depot Days returns Saturday  

FRONT PAGE FEATURED

Fitness Court unveiled at Sparkman Park  

FRONT PAGE FEATURED

Hartselle man allegedly poisoned wife with lead in murder attempt  

Hartselle

Crestline students enjoy third annual Ag Day

FRONT PAGE FEATURED

Highway 36 reopens east of Hartselle 

At a Glance

Hartselle man eludes police, arrested on possession charges

Breaking News

Hartselle man arrested for attempted murder of wife

FRONT PAGE FEATURED

In the community: Highflying fun

x