HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) - Local officials from Huntsville, Madison, Decatur and Athens are meeting with elected legislators and national leaders in Washington, D.C. this week.
Decatur Mayor Tab Bowling and Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle both say the trip is just another example of how all the neighboring cities here in north Alabama collaborate and delegate together.
“We learned yesterday from the FBI chief financial officer, Rich Haley, we’ll see around 10-to-15 thousand agents come into the area annually for training," Decatur Mayor Tab Bowling said.
Mayor Bowling says there will be 3,000 FBI agents permanently in north Alabama in 2019. That’s in addition to the more than 4,000 jobs the region will see from Mazda Toyota employees.
“That’s going to have a big impact on our flights, just airfares, car rentals, our hotels, dining," Bowling continued.
Although the FBI agents coming in will be a revolving door, local officials say it will be consistent since we have one of the most secure military installations in the country.
Kim Lewis with the Huntsville-Madison Chamber of Commerce says it’s a collaborative effort that’s bringing people to Redstone Arsenal and North Alabama.
“When you’ve got a four-star general from AMC, you’ve got MDA, you’ve got all those agencies right there in one location, a secure location, I think it makes it easier for people to want to be apart of that," Lewis continued.
Lewis says the Tennessee Valley’s achievements are mirroring exactly what’s on behind the scenes.
“When you’ve got everybody collectively working together, it makes it a lot easier to get things accomplished," Lewis said.