New economic office in Alabama

The Alabama Development Office will open a satellite office in Huntsville to cultivate the defense and aerospace industry throughout the state, particularly in North Alabama.

"Having an ADO satellite office in North Alabama will bolster our continuing efforts to attract defense and aerospace companines to the state," said Alabama Gov. Bob Riley.

The 2005 BRAC process is expected to bring 4,700 direct jobs to the Huntsville area while an additional 5,000 indirect jobs are expected to be created by private contractors.