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NM Mayor: Google Drone Maker Purchase Should Create Jobs


Wednesday, April 16, 2014   

MORIARTY, N.M. - A small town located along Interstate 40 about 40 miles east of Albuquerque is home to a company that Google just purchased, as it explores the next generation of Internet delivery.

Ted Hart, mayor of Moriarty, said he expects Google's acquisition of solar-powered drone maker Titan Areospace will likely lead to more good-paying jobs in the community of about 1,800 people.

"This leads to bigger and better things," he said. "Higher wages for our community. Just better jobs. A better quality of life."

Google and Facebook are exploring the use of drones, not for "spying" but as a method of delivering Internet to rural areas and the developing world. The solar-powered drones can stay in the air for up to 10 years.

Hart said Titan Aerospace currently has about 30 employees, and there are indications Google is planning a major expansion of the company's facility at Moriarty Municipal Airport. He said the town has modernized the airport with a new runway and other improvements, in hopes of attracting high-tech companies.

"So we are preparing for companies like this," he said. "This is something that we really look forward into doing is developing working relationships with companies like this."

Hart has kind words for the employees at Titan Aerospace, whom he calls a group of "hard-working kids."

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