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Huntsville Gets Googled
Mayor Battle unveils "Get Google" taskforce, begins two-week campaign to be a Google Fiber™ community


HUNTSVILLE, AL (March 15, 2010) - Formally throwing his city's hat into the ring against cities nationwide, Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle today announced the formation of his "Get Google" taskforce. The taskforce, made up of local leaders in biotechnology, utilities, research, education and government, will spend the next two weeks completing the City of Huntsville's application to become a trial city for the Google Fiber ™ project and continuing to drum up public support.

Mayor Battle said, "Ours is a community that never shies away from new challenges. Decades ago, President John F. Kennedy challenged our nation to put a man on the moon. Huntsville rose to that challenge. Everywhere you look in our community, and every time we look to the stars, we are reminded that the sky is not the limit."

The Mayor added, "Huntsville is the place that has reached limitless heights. Today, with the announcement of our 'Get Google' taskforce, we're now working to reach limitless speeds as well."

Members of the mayor's "Get Google" taskforce are:

State Senator Tom Butler
State Representative Phil Williams
Dr. O'Neal Smitherman, HudsonAlpha
Carter Wells, HudsonAlpha
Jay Stowe, Huntsville Utilities
Ethan Hadley, Huntsville/Madison County Chamber of Commerce
Chris Johnson, U.S. Space & Rocket Center
Chris White, City of Madison
Sandi Harper, UAHuntsville
Peyton McNully, L-3 Communications
Trent Willis, City of Huntsville
Wayne Brooks, City of Huntsville, Taskforce Chairman

As part of the campaign, the City of Huntsville's website, www.hsvcity.com, has been transformed in a nod to Google ™. The taskforce is encouraging all residents to support Huntsville's bid by nominating the city at www.hsvcity.com on the "We're feeling lucky!" link.

Residents are also encouraged to join the official Google for Huntsville Facebook page.

Dr. O'Neal Smitherman, Executive Vice President of the HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology, talked about the impact that high speed downloads could have on the community and closed his remarks with the taskforce's slogan.

"Soon, I hope we can all say that 'I've got a Gig in Huntsville.'"

The mayor also noted that Huntsville, Alabama has a greater concentration of engineers, per capita, than any other community in the nation - and the third highest concentration of ITS workers in the workforce.

"When you 'Google' 'Huntsville, Alabama,' you'll no doubt get thousands of results. Over the next few weeks we're working to add one more...the city chosen as a Google Fiber community."

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