HUNTSVILLE, Ala (WHNT) – A new agreement between the University of Alabama in Huntsville and the city is expected to bring in new jobs. It’s all about strengthening Huntsville’s energy base. Huntsville mayor Tommy Battle and UAH president Robert Altenkirch signed on the dotted line to bring the city’s Energy Huntsville initiative and academia together. It’s all part of a plan to make Huntsville a better energy hub for new industries.
“What we’re really doing is supporting the mayor’s economic development initiative to create a basis for energy to be key to this area,” said Jay Newkirk, the executive director of Energy Huntsville. The university provides engineering talent and resources that will help move industries to the energy sector.
“We’re always interested in partnering with industry and governmental entities. We use that as leverage, we all bring expertise to the table,” said Altenkirch. Above all, the agreement is set to brand Huntsville and bring in companies and opportunity.
“Number one we can show off our expertise in the energy field,” said Mayor Battle, “but number two, their child, their brother, their cousin, someone they know, may want to work in the energy field, and we’ll have jobs here in Huntsville doing that.” Huntsville has more than 50 companies working in the energy field. Mayor Battle hopes this agreement will help them expand that market.