Editorial: Moving Forward

A new entertainment era begins Friday in downtown Montgomery with the first show at the new Performing Arts Center - the first of more than 100 planned this year alone!

This comes on the heels of impressive firsts this past month in Montgomery, as the city hosted the United Negro College Fund alumni meeting and the Alabama Music Hall of Fame induction ceremony for the first time ever, thanks to the new Convention center.

More than a half million dollars was spent by participants with the UNCF Convention.

Additionally, Alabama State University hosted the Alabama High School Athletic Association's Central Regional basketball tournament, showcasing its growing campus with new forensics science and life sciences buildings.

Montgomery's continuing renaissance that includes building three new state of the art high schools in the next six years, mirrors the growth of the entire state.

Governor Riley called last week's Air Force announcement awarding Mobile a contract worth up to 40 billion dollars over the next decade to build refueling tankers one of the greatest days in Alabama's history.   It may bring 2,000 jobs and give Alabama an unstoppable one two punch with leadership in both the aviation and automotive industry.  GKN Aerospace in Tallassee could be a big beneficiary in the deal.

The Wiregrass plans a Branson, Missouri like resort creating nearly 3,000 direct and indirect jobs.

The Forbes magazine website named three Alabama cities in the top six in the nation in fastest growing metro areas:  Mobile first, Huntsville fourth and Auburn-Opeilka sixth.

All of us can be the best ambassadors for our state by not only appreciating how far we have come and where we are going, but telling others about us as well!