Mayor Battle discusses push for fiber internet at 2014 State of the City address


Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle gives his 2014 State of the City Address

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle delivered his sixth State of the City Address to a packed house at the Von Braun Center North Hall on Monday.

It was the mayor’s opportunity to update residents on the challenges and opportunities facing the city of Huntsville.  Mayor Battle said the future is bright.

For a lot of the movers and shakers who attend the event, the words are music to their ears.

“Since 2009, we’ve seen $1.2 billion in new capital investment in Huntsville.  Our population has grown 4.7 percent, we’ve announced 13,000 new jobs and hundreds of new businesses to the Huntsville economy.  This has made us grow among the fastest of any in the nation,” said Mayor Battle.

The Mayor also announced something new.  He said in January, the city will issue its first request for proposal for a vendor to start the process towards Huntsville providing fiber internet to businesses and homes.

Meanwhile, the mayor also discussed the work of creating the city’s master plan.

“A big question, what do we want our city to look like 10, 20, 30 years from now?  We launched the big picture, a comprehensive master planning process, in May.  We were pleased that thousands of citizens have already participated.  They are enthusiastically invested in this opportunity to shape Huntsville for decades to come,” Mayor Battle said.

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