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Old 06-24-2010, 10:09 AM
 
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Gov. Bob Riley discusses two potential economic development projects in area | al.com
Gov. Bob Riley discusses two potential economic development projects in area
Published: Thursday, June 24, 2010, 7:52 AM Updated: Thursday, June 24, 2010, 8:02 AM
Marian Accardi, The Huntsville Times
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Michael Mercier / The Huntsville Times
HUNTSVILLE, AL -Gov. Bob Riley said economic development projects in both Huntsville and Decatur - including one that could go into the now vacant Delphi plant on U.S. 31 - could be worked out before this fall.

There are "two, if not three, (projects) we're working up here right now," Riley said Wednesday at a meeting with Times editors and reporters. "All of them could be successful."
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But, he said, "We haven't signed on either one of them. It's still a very fluid process."
The Decatur project would give a "tremendous" economic boost to Morgan County and Decatur, Riley said. "It's probably one of the biggest projects we've ever brought to Alabama."

The governor didn't reveal company names.

The projects, he said, would "bring a great deal of diversity to this area, which is good."

Riley said neither of the deals would require a special session of the Alabama Legislature.

The vacant Delphi plant in southern Limestone County is a "possible contender" for a location, Riley said.

Riley said there's a lot of interest in Alabama by companies now, despite the down economy, because interest rates and construction costs are low.

"We have more large international companies looking at Alabama than in the last four or five years," Riley said.

In 2008 and 2009, Alabama received Area Development magazine's Silver Shovel award recognizing job creation and economic impact. The state was selected to receive the trade magazine's 2006 Gold Shovel award.

"Alabama is really leading the nation in economic development because we have a lot of advantages here," Riley said, adding that Alabama has developed a reputation as a "business-friendly state."
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Old 06-24-2010, 10:16 AM
 
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It would have been nice if he were more specific. It is all Blue Sky until it happens. Saying stuff like this doesn't help when you don't have specifics.
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Old 06-24-2010, 11:23 PM
 
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That's good! I hope each brings thousands of jobs!
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Old 06-25-2010, 03:28 PM
 
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I heard what one of them more than likely is....but have no clue about the other. If it is what they say it is.....it could be huge....seriously.
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Old 06-25-2010, 04:05 PM
 
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I heard what one of them more than likely is....but have no clue about the other. If it is what they say it is.....it could be huge....seriously.
Go ahead. Spill the beans.
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Old 06-25-2010, 07:01 PM
 
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Go ahead. Spill the beans.
I'd love to

Better not at the moment. I will say that it's not necessarily something you may expect or that is common in AL...it was surprising to me.
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Old 06-25-2010, 09:05 PM
 
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You are such a tease Seth...come on. Spill it, lol. Why not tell? It's our jobs to keep the public informed...(guilt trip yet?). ((giggle)) Spill it Seth...cough it up. Kiss and tell. We are all ears. No pressure of course!
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Old 06-25-2010, 11:04 PM
 
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Well, it better be worth the wait then.
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Old 06-25-2010, 11:39 PM
 
Location: Alabama!
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I heard what one of them more than likely is....but have no clue about the other. If it is what they say it is.....it could be huge....seriously...I will say that it's not necessarily something you may expect or that is common in AL...it was surprising to me.
OK, just for fun, let's speculate!
Hmm...a factory producing hemp smoking products? No, there are plenty of cornfields around here with a certain 5-leaved auxiliary crop...
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Old 06-26-2010, 07:22 AM
 
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Hopefully it'll bring some more engineering jobs to the area.
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