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Gov. to announce 200 aviation related jobs

titatALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Gov. Susana Martinez plans to announce significant infrastructure investments at Moriarty Municipal Airport on Tuesday that are expected to help create more than 200 aviation and aerospace-related jobs tied in part to Titan Aerospace, recently acquired by Google.

Economic Development Department Cabinet Secretary Jon Barela, a representative from Google, and local leaders will join the governor at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at the Moriarty Municipal Airport, according to a news release from the governor’s office.

Google announced this spring it was purchasing Titan Aerospace, a Moriarty-based manufacturer of solar powered Unmanned Aerial Vehicles.

The Moriarty City Council last month unanimously approved an agreement with the state and Google that will provide nearly $1 million to make infrastructure improvements at the city’s airport.

The city still will have to go out to bid for work on about a mile-long sewer line and 10-inch water line to serve the airport, but Moriarty Mayor Ted Hart said the city will expedite that process.

Google already has started construction on a 60,000-square-foot building at the airport to house Titan Aerospace.

The agreement was done through the state Economic Development Department using the Local Economic Development Act, which allows the state to move quickly in order to help local governments attract companies.

Google has agreed to employ at least 35 people by November 2017, with wages in the annual range of $40,000 to $350,000. The proposed agreement would protect the state with clawbacks.

Moriarty has spent the last decade making improvements to its airport, and the infrastructure around it, in an effort to attract not only aviation hobbyists, but companies as well.

Since Google’s announcement, the airport and industrial park have seen a dramatic increase in interest from aviation and aerospace companies looking to do business in Moriarty, according to the governor’s office. The infrastructure funds will improve water and sewer connections needed to retain and expand existing businesses, as well as to recruit new ones.