AMD gets the A-OK from Malta Town Board

Both Henry and Moratta reminded the board that this is not the time to grow lax.

"It's a huge project and it will change this area forever," said Moratta. "We should think positively but stay vigilant."

Board members cast their affirmative votes with vigor. Councilwoman Sue Nolen said she was happy to bring six years of planning to a close. "This is a tremendous day for the Town of Malta," she said. "Our children will be able to get jobs here."

Echoing those thoughts was Councilwoman Tara Thomas, telling the story of a young resident who approached her and said he wants to stay in the area.

"As a lifelong resident, I can relate, having seen many of my childhood friends leave to find work," said Thomas. "I want better opportunities for our children and citizens."

AMD has stated that the chip fabrication plant will provide 1,465 jobs at full operation.

Councilman Peter Klotz praised the effort to bring AMD in while safeguarding the concerns of the town.

"This evening's action represents an important milepost along our way," said Klotz, adding that the project's eventual success "will require a continual team effort."

The chipmaker has yet to announce a commitment to build at LFTC, though they have until July of 2009 to do so and receive $1.2 billion in state incentives.

AMD Executive Chairman Hector Ruiz was in town to tour the site on Wednesday, Aug. 27. Ruiz was instrumental in planning the project as AMD's CEO (a post he recently stepped down from) and this was his first visit to the site, where internal road construction is already under way.""

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