Age has treated Cummings Research Park well. With its beautiful landscaping, over 300 companies, 175 buildings and more than 25,000 jobs, the parks 50th birthday is something to truly celebrate.
Cummings Research Park was established with one goal in mind, to attract high tech industries to the Huntsville area. One woman who knows that well is Nancy Cummings. Milton Cummings, who Nancy calls Daddy, helped establish the park in the 1960's.
"I just never dreamed that it would be so wonderful. I love hearing people say they love to live in Huntsville and a lot of it is because of Research Park. It just makes my heart warm," said Cummings.
The park is the 2nd largest research and technology park in the U.S. and the 4th largest in the world.
Rex Geveden is the president of Teledyne Brown Engineering, the very first company to move on the Research Park. Monday, his company received recognition for helping establish the park.
"This Research Park is emblematic of what Huntsville is all about. It's got such a "can do" spirit. Its got such a pro business environment and such a sense of community about it that I don't think this kind of thing would be possible in just any community," Geveden said.
Monday night there will be a free outdoor concert from 5:00 until 9:00 at Bridge Street Town Centre to celebrate.