Tanner, AL -- A number of state and local elected officials, business leaders, and representatives from Calhoun Community College and Alabama Industrial Development Training (AIDT) are expected to take part in groundbreaking activities for the Integration, Entrepreneurial and Paint Dispense Training Center, Phase III, of the Alabama Robotics Technology Park (RTP) on Friday, Oct. 31 at 10 a.m.
The RTP is located at 6505 Highway 31 North, Tanner, directly across from Calhoun's Decatur Campus.
Speakers for the event will include:
Greg Canfield, Secretary of Commerce, State of Alabama
Alabama Senator Arthur Orr
Dale Thomas, RTP Board of Directors Chairman
Ed Castile, Director, AIDT
Dr. Marilyn Beck, President, Calhoun Community College
The construction of Phase III of the RTP completes the original vision of former Gov. Bob Riley to create a three-phase educational, training, R&D, and entrepreneurial robotics park that would serve as a catalyst to enhance and support the state's economic and workforce development initiatives. Once complete, the three facilities will have a total investment of over $73 million.
Phase I (the Robotic Maintenance Training Center and Phase II (the Advanced Technology Research and Development Center) of the RTP have been fully operational for several years, with Phase I officially opening in November 2010 and Phase II coming on line in August 2011.