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Special section highlights Valley for locals, military

BRAC is bringing out the best in the people who live in the Tennessee Valley of North Alabama as it energizes a region that is preparing for great change.

Civic and political leaders came together without regard to county and city boundaries to help influence the Pentagon to move 5,000 military-related jobs to Huntsville.

After that, the competition for where the workers will live heated up. In doing so, each community is citing its assets.

The Army Materiel Command and space and missile components moving to Redstone Arsenal will have tremendous economic impact. The move should be completed by 2011.

In the meanwhile, the energizing continues. Groups work together within their community to entice some of the 15,000 to 20,000 civilian workers and their families to live in their town. Everybody pitches in.

The Daily and scores of businesses and industries today begin a four-day salute to the workers looking for a place to call home. We call the series of special sections “BRAC to the Future.” BRAC, of course refers to the Base Realignment and Closure Commission’s recommendation, and Congress’ approval, to move the Materiel Command, the Army Space and Missile Defense Command and most of the Missile Defense Agency work to Huntsville.

We are printing extra copies of the special sections with the intention of them getting into the hands of many of the people looking for a new home.

They, as well as you, our regular readers, will be impressed with the 76 pages of articles, pictures and advertisements extolling life in the Tennessee Valley.

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