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Looming larger: Huntsville threat

Huntsville, Ala., long one of the Springs’ biggest competitors for aerospace and defense industry jobs, is stepping up its push to recruit business and military missions from the Pikes Peak region. But this time, the Rocket City could face stiffer competition from the Springs. A coalition of city and business leaders is working to give… Continue Reading Looming larger: Huntsville threat

Colorado Springs economic development officials say Huntsville, Ala., “gets it.” After a four-day visit to the Rocket City last week, officials from the Colorado Springs Economic Development Corp. say the Springs can learn from Huntsville. “It’s probably the best model city we could ever hope to find,” said David White, EDC executive vice president of… Continue Reading Trip to Huntsville affirms its edge in space jobs race

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A look at what makes the ‘Rocket City’ one of the healthiest job markets in the nation and what we can do to try to catch up.

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If you’ve looked at our cover this week, you’ll have noticed I spent a little bit of time in Huntsville this month. While there, I was able to tour NASA, see the place where we tested the first rockets to go into space, and visit some of the fastest-growing companies in the country. I also… Continue Reading Visit reveals Huntsville’s strengths, insecurities

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — You can find uncertainty mixed with optimism in this town. The optimism comes from studies that find aerospace companies plan to hire 15,469 people nationwide this year. A good share of those jobs is likely to land in Huntsville. The unease stems from NASA’s new direction, which involves cutting the Constellation and… Continue Reading As NASA’s fortunes rise, fall, so do Huntsville’s

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — When Mirian Dyns moved from Stanford University in California to Huntsville’s HudsonAlpha Institute, she was worried about the schools, about activities for her three boys and about making the small Alabama city home after life in California. Two years later, those worries have been put to rest. Her boys are enrolled in… Continue Reading Huntsville’s charms surprise newcomers every day

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — Were it not for the efforts of a former Nazi scientist, Huntsville today might still be what it was in the 1950s: the watercress capital of the world. Instead, German rocket engineer Wernher Von Braun moved to the sleepy agricultural town and brought with him a team of scientists — all of… Continue Reading German innovation transformed city into powerhouse

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