Brad Jones, chair-elect of the Huntsville/Madison County Chamber of Commerce,
Well, Jim, the Chamber is proud to represent the city itself with a little bit
of land. If anybody has any interest, we've got a couple extra lots that we
have to sell you, just see me at the cars later ...
What a great day it is with this wonderful groundbreaking on an asset that
means so much to this city, to this county, and to north Alabama, and truly to
all of Alabama. Alabama came together to create this miracle of modern
engineering that is a marvel of our time and probably of all time. It is so
notable for our state as well as to our local economy, what this has meant.
The Saturn V truly launched the modern economic structure of Huntsville/Madison
County. So much has been built around it. You see what we have today, and
so much potential because the Saturn V still exists here in Huntsville and
As I've traveled with the Chamber, doing economic development across the
country, really across the world, when we talk to Huntsville, those who may
even just vaguely know Huntsville, their first response to me has almost always
been, "Oh the Rocket City. Rocket City." And I think that's a great thing.
I think that is so unique and so special for our community.
Our Chamber is working every day to try to continue the growth of our economy
and helping business here grow, and helping to attract new businesses here,
help develop the workforce that can allow our community to continue to expand.
But we're able to have such great success because we've got the foundation,
the wonderful NASA program, particularly the Saturn V. And it's the Saturn
V project that's going to propel us to so much success in the future.
The tourism potential of this center is enormous, and I'm certain that it
will go beyond our expectations, and the economic opportunities that this
presents on its foundations are enormous as well.
On behalf of the Chamber, I want to express our gratitude to each of you who
have contributed your time, your finances, your ideas, your enthusiasm to this
project. We're very proud to be partner of this organization, and this
wonderful event, and thank you for allowing me to be a part of it. Thank you.
[deadpan, referring to Brad Jones] He's tall [laughter].
We're very proud because we have received a wonderful response from the
community over the last three to four years. The city of Huntsville is a
strong supporter of the Saturn V restoration effort, and it is my pleasure
to welcome the mayor of all of Huntsville Alabama, Loretta Spencer. Mayor ...