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In this issue:
Landing Boeing: New incentives needed if state is to win bidding war for aircraft plant, Bentley says
Honda to debut new version of Alabama-made Ridgeline pickup within two years
International Space Station, made in Alabama, marks 15 years
Anniston one of four cities winning 'Liveable Communities' competition
Where would Boeing build its 777X jet in Huntsville? Check out our color-coded map
Austal adds new vice president to head business development and external affairs
Southern Research Institute CEO Arthur J. Tipton Named a Fellow in the National Academy of Inventors

 


 Landing Boeing: New incentives needed if state is to win bidding war for aircraft plant, Bentley says

Associated Press

Dec. 11, 2013

 

Alabama's offer to land Boeing's new aircraft plant includes financial incentives that don't exist now, the governor said Tuesday.

 

"We will look at a different incentive package for Boeing if we are able to recruit them. And in fact, part of the thing we put into our package dealt with incentive packages we hope we can possibly develop," Gov. Robert Bentley told reporters at the state Capitol.

 

Tuesday was the deadline for states to submit their packages to build Boeing's 777X plane. Bentley said Alabama got its offer in ahead of the deadline.

 

Bentley isn't saying how big Alabama's offer was. But he said that after landing several big projects - including Boeing's competitor, Airbus, for a $600 million plant in Mobile - the state will need to create new financial incentives because its current ones are about used up.

 

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Honda to debut new version of Alabama-made Ridgeline pickup within two years

on December 10, 2013 

Honda said today that an all-new version of its Ridgeline pickup will arrive on the market within two years.

 

The Japanese automaker also confirmed that production of the current Ridgeline, which is built at its Alabama auto assembly plant, will end in mid-2014.
  

That news was reported last summer by trade journal WardsAuto.

 

The new pickup also is expected to be produced at Honda's operation in Talladega County.

 

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[al.com]

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 


 

International Space Station, made in Alabama, marks 15 years


HUNTSVILLE, Alabama - The International Space Station, partially designed and assembled in Alabama, celebrates its 15-year anniversary this month.

 

On Dec. 4, 1998, Node 1 - known as "Unity" - was launched into space aboard the shuttleEndeavour and two days later connected with the Russian-built Zarya ("Sunrise"). And on Dec. 10, the hatches of both nodes swung open for the first time.

 

The Unity node, a passageway connecting living and work areas of the ISS, was designed and assembled at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, home to many other historic projects. The Saturn V rocket was designed here and work on the future Space Launch System, a massive rocket to carry explorers to deep space, is under way.

 

Brian Mitchell, the NASA engineer who was the Marshall Space Flight Center lead for the Unity Node, said one of the most interesting things to him about the space station is that its size - about the length of an American football field, with the internal volume of a Boeing 747 - allows people all around the world to see it with their naked eye.


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[madeinalabama.com]

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

Anniston one of four cities winning 'Liveable Communities' competition

on December 10, 2013 

ANNISTON, Alabama -- Anniston is one of four cities selected for up to $250,000 in technical assistance through a federal program geared toward economic development and developing local food sources.  

 

The Environmental Protection Agency, the Appalachian Regional Commission and the Department of Agriculture have selected Anniston for the Livable Communities program. Also chosen were Corbin, Ky., Pikeville, Tenn. and Aberdeen, Miss.  

 

According to a news release announcing the award, Anniston will develop community and neighborhood gardens as part of a downtown revitalization project.  

 

"This project will build on the city's efforts to create a strong economy based on a healthier environment for its residents," the release stated. 


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[al.com]

 

 

 


 

Where would Boeing build its 777X jet in Huntsville? Check out our color-coded map

on December 10, 2013

HUNTSVILLE, Alabama - Madison County tax records show that Boeing owns 527 acres on the grounds and immediately south of Huntsville International Airport where it could potentially build the 777X jetliner.

 

The Chicago-based aerospace company owns six contiguous tracts totaling 433 acres between the two airport runways, plus another 94 acres across Boeing Boulevard just south of the airport. The mostly undeveloped land sits entirely within the city's massive, 4,000-acre Jetplex Industrial Park.

 

Boeing is reportedly seeking a free or very low cost site to manufacture its next-generation 777X jet after talks broke down last month with the machinists union in Seattle. Huntsville is one of about 15 U.S. cities bidding for the $10 billion assembly plant and 8,500 direct jobs that could be tied to the project.

 

Alabama submitted its proposal to Boeing on Monday. The company has said it hopes to make a decision by January on where the 777X will be built.



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[al.com]

 

 

 


 Austal adds new vice president to head business development and external affairs

on December 10, 2013 

MOBILE, Alabama -- Austal USA recently added to its team Terry O'Brien, who will serve as a vice president of business development and external affairs. His first day was Nov. 18.

 

He is in charge of the legislative activities on the state and federal levels, as well as organizing media relations. O'Brien comes to the shipbuilder from Huntington Ingalls, where he oversaw business development and customer affairs for the past 10 years. 

 

He was also a National Security Fellow at Harvard University.

 

As a ship captain for the U.S. Navy, O'Brien commanded the USS Pensacola and the Nassau Amphibious Strike Group during the early stages of Operation Iraqi Freedom. O'Brien, who comes with more than 26 years of military service, will be based in Washington, D.C.


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[al.com]

 

 


 

Southern Research Institute CEO Arthur J. Tipton Named a Fellow in the National Academy of Inventors

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Southern Research Institute today announced that its president and CEO, Arthur J. Tipton, Ph.D., has been named a Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors (NAI). Dr. Tipton was one of 143 innovators nominated and elected by their peers for outstanding contributions to innovation in areas such as patents and licensing, innovative discovery and technology, significant impact on society, and support and enhancement of innovation.

 

Tipton and the other new Fellows will be inducted by Deputy U.S. Commissioner for Patents Andy Faile, from the United States Patent and Trademark Office, during the 3rd Annual Conference of the National Academy of Inventors, on March 7, 2014, in Alexandria, Va., at the headquarters of the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

 

The 2013 class of NAI Fellows represents 94 universities and governmental and non-profit research institutes. Together, they hold more than 5,600 U.S. patents. Included are 26 presidents and senior leaders from research universities and non-profit research institutes, 69 members of the National Academies, five inductees of the National Inventors Hall of Fame, six recipients of the U.S. National Medal of Technology and Innovation, two recipients of the U.S. National Medal of Science and nine Nobel Laureates.

 

Tipton was named president and CEO of Southern Research Institute in 2013, and has 31 issued U.S. patents, 22 published U.S. patent applications, and numerous foreign equivalents, with more than 70 presentations and publications.



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