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Cummings Research Park celebrates 50 years

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Source: Huntsville Chamber of Commerce Source: Huntsville Chamber of Commerce

Cummings Research Park celebrates its 50th anniversary on Monday.

There will be a proclamation signing at Adtran at 10 a.m., and Governor Robert Bentley is scheduled to speak at a luncheon at the Jackson Center at 11:30 a.m.

Cummings Research Park was established in 1962 to attract high tech industries.

Today, more than 300 high tech companies make up the park and employ around 30,000 people.

It makes a $2.4-billion impact in the Tennessee Valley.

Cummings was the brainchild of Milton Cummings, the early CEO of Teledyne Brown Engineering, which was the first company to buy land in Research Park and at that time it was just acres of cotton fields.

It is now the second largest research park in the United Stated and the fourth largest in the world.

WAFF 48 and the Chamber of Commerce of Huntsville Madison County hosted a free outdoor concert from 5:00 until 9:00 Monday night at Bridge Street Town Centre.

The anniversary started with a proclamation ceremony at AdTran, where dignitaries recognized the importance of the companies in Research Park.

Cummings' daughter, Nancy Cummings, said her father had a simple purpose.

"When he was into something it was to affect a lot of people and wanted employment for a lot of people, and when I'm hearing these numbers today, he would just be so happy that this was in Huntsville," she said.

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