DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — The city of Dothan has announced a partnership with HudsonAlpha Institute of Biotechnology that will bring educational opportunities, agricultural research, and economic development to the Circle City.

After putting pen to paper, the city of Dothan and the HudsonAlpha Institute of Biotechnology is now pursuing a public-private partnership to create HudsonAlpha Wiregrass.

“So today’s announcement for a partnership between the city of Dothan and the HudsonAlpha Institute of Biotechnology is built on that premise that research and development and science that surrounds those disciplines can change the world and is changing the world,” City of Dothan, Mayor Mark Saliba said.

HudsonAlpha Wiregrass will begin work on October 1st and will now be planning on establishing an innovation center that will be located in downtown Dothan.

“It is our time to show the rest of the state that we have the desire, that we have the drive, the innovative spirit, and entrepreneurship to participate and contribute to the state that we love,” Mayor Saliba said.

HudsonAlpha is headquartered in Huntsville, and since 2006, has generated $3.2 billion in economic impact for Alabama. It has also created more than 2,300 jobs.

“Focus on cultivating the workforce to fill these jobs created by the expanding science and economic development components,” President, HudsonAlpha Institute of Biotechnology, Dr. Neil Lamb said.

Other than the potential of bringing in jobs, HudsonAlpha Wiregrass will focus on education for Wiregrass students on genomics or the study of the complete set of DNA through different learning ventures.

They will also be doing extensive research on the Alabama peanut to create drought-resistant and disease-resistant peanuts.

Finally, they will be opening recruitment to agricultural start-up companies.

“These efforts intersect and strengthen each other,” Dr. Lamb said. “Once again, the power of “And”. Each interacting with the other.”