MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - This week it was announced that Montgomery would be home to Alabama's first, and one of only four Internet exchanges in the Southeast. Young people and those new to the area may take this kind of development for granted, but this is a big deal for Montgomery.
Growing up here I remember a Montgomery that was not very progressive. Neither businesses nor people were moving here in droves. Then about 30 years ago, things slowly began to look up.
In 1985 Leadership Montgomery classes began, now with more than a thousand graduates. Then in 2000 Envision 2020 started bringing people from business, government and the community together to plan, with impressive results.
In the last decade we've seen how developments such as Riverwalk Stadium, The RTJ Golf Trail at Capitol Hill, The Renaissance Hotel and Convention Center, The Alley downtown, and the Hyundai plant have helped make Montgomery a much more attractive place to live and do business.
Our progress is taking time and vision and hard work. The Internet Exchange is another big step forward in that progress, and I applaud those who are making this happen.
Unlike some times in our past, this is a good time to be optimistic about future of the River Region.