Working & Living in the Tennessee Valley
The Tennessee Valley winds through southern Tennessee and northeastern Alabama, a land of rural Southern charm mixed with urban sophistication. Because of the continuing growth of the local research and development industry, the Tennessee Valley remains one of the country’s fastest-growing areas, with the highest concentration of engineers in the country and one of the highest ratios of PhDs.
From biotechnology to automotive and aerospace, the Tennessee Valley is one of the leading regions in Research & Development (R&D), thanks to the long history of activity in the area. Huntsville/Madison County has been home to the U.S. Army’s Redstone Arsenal since the outset of WWII, and is the site of the Missile Defense Agency’s Von Braun complex along with NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center. Both combine to drive a strong research and development economy and create spin-off and commercial activity in related technology innovations.
Nashville's Music City; Atlanta's vibrant urban pace; Birmingham's blossoming bustle; Memphis with all its music and food; and Montgomery, the birthplace of the civil rights movement and Alabama's capital city, are all within easy driving distance.
Recreational destinations include the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Lake Ocoee, and the Cherokee National Forest.
Institutions of higher learning include University of Alabama, Virginia College, Argosy University, Strayer University, Aquinas College, Alabama A&M, and the University of North Alabama.
Huntsville is the largest city in northern Alabama and one of the most viable career destinations for individuals in the fields of science and engineering. It’s not just because of its history in rocket and space development. The landscape and climate welcome newcomers of all backgrounds and traditions who discover an abundance of the elements most important to maintaining an enjoyable lifestyle:
- Safe neighborhoods and excellent schools
- Enjoyable dining and nightlife
- Diverse cultural attractions that include music, food, and activities
- Recreational activities
Home buyers are in for a pleasant surprise when they realize home values here are a fraction of the cost of most metropolitan areas. And, whether you prefer city or suburban living, you will find an easy commute to work along uncongested roads.
Long-time residents of Huntsville will tell you it is a great place for MDA employees to pursue their careers while they experience a high quality of life for themselves and their families.