Company Towns, After The Company Leaves Town
November 14, 2011 12:11:00 pm
Mayor Chaz Allen, Newton, Iowa
Mayor Tommy Battle, Huntsville, Ala.
Richard Longworth, senior fellow, Chicago Council on Global Affairs and author, Caught in the Middle
Huntsville, Alabama is known to many as "Rocket City." Nearly half of the city's jobs are connected to space and defense funding. Now, with NASA and the Pentagon facing significant cuts, Huntsville faces an uncertain future. Newton, Iowa, went through similar straits when Maytag left town in 2007.