Alabama was chosen as a provisional site to host Space Command headquarters, sparking immediate blowback from lawmakers in Colorado who claimed choosing the deep south state was a political move.
They are urging President-elect Joe Biden, who takes office Jan. 20, to review it.
The secretary of the Air Force selected Redstone Arsenal in Huntsville, Ala., as the “preferred” location for the headquarters over the other five finalists, including Colorado Springs, Colo., which currently serves as temporary headquarters for the command.
Huntsville provides “a large, qualified workforce, quality schools, superior infrastructure capacity, and low initial and recurring costs. Additionally, Redstone Arsenal offered a facility to support the headquarters, at no cost, while the permanent facility is being constructed,” the Air Force said in a statement on Wednesday.
Other finalists included Albuquerque, N.M., Bellevue, Kan., Cape Canaveral, Fla., and San Antonio, Texas.
A final decision is expected in spring of 2023.
At stake are the 1,600 jobs that come