Gov. Kay Ivey announced Wednesday plans for the new Grand River Technology Park project and relocation of the Southern Museum of Flight in Leeds.
The project is estimated to bring 1,200 jobs and an economic impact of $85 million to the Birmingham area.
The park is a partnership with the Alabama Department of Labor’s Abandoned Mine Land Program, U.S. Steel, the City of Birmingham, Southern Museum of Flight, Jefferson County and the City of Leeds.
“This reclamation project has the potential to bring millions of dollars in economic impact, and hundreds of jobs to the Greater Birmingham area,” Ivey said. “The new Grand River Technology Park will be a regional nexus for research and development, tourism, and light manufacturing. This project will bring positive improvements to the citizens who call this community home.”
In 2018, U.S. Steel and its community partners were given approval for a $6 million grant by the ADOL AML Pilot Program toward the development of its Grand River Technology Park. The Grand River Technology Park represents a multiphase opportunity to reclaim and transform approximately 105 acres of undeveloped land surrounding and including several pre-1977 abandoned coal mine lands in east Jefferson County.
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