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The Alabama Town Board has given its unanimous approval to a zoning change, clearing the way for the county’s Science and Technology Advanced Manufacturing Park, also known as STAMP.

“For one thing, it will bring jobs to the whole area, but it will bring a lot of infrastructure to Alabama as far as water," Alabama Town Supervisor Dan Mangino said. "Hopefully it will bring more internet service to Alabama.”

The voting decision changes the zoning of 1,300 acres of land in the town to make shovel-ready sites for high-tech manufacturing.

Under terms of an agreement with the county’s Economic Development Center which is developing the park, 70 percent of Town of Alabama residents will have access to public water at a reduced cost to taxpayers.

Long-time Town of Alabama resident Don Saga says the prospect of jobs in the community was all the convincing he needed to support the project.

“It’s going to be good-paying jobs for thousands of people, and we really need the work. You couldn’t make a good living around here. There’s just so much work available and there was more people in the job market than there were jobs.”

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