State of Alabama Archives: on Technology

Luther Strange: Economy requires good roads & bridges

Strange cited tax relief and infrastructure improvements as issues he's interested in tackling. He said he's an advocate of tax reform because taxes affect every aspect of the economy. He added that good roads and bridges are required to support the economy through the transportation of goods and to allow travel throughout the state.
Source: Shelby County Reporter on 2017 Alabama Senate race Aug 1, 2017

Kay Ivey: Make Alabama the Voice of Aerospace for the States

Alabama's aerospace and defense industry currently employs 83,000 people and is home to 400 aerospace companies from 30 different countries. Lt. Gov. Ivey chairs the Aerospace States Association, "the Voice of Aerospace for the States," a nonpartisan organization of Lt. Governors, Governor-appointed delegates, and associate members from aerospace organizations and academia. ASA represents states' interests in federal aerospace and aviation policy development.

Alabama has a long and proud history in the aviation and aerospace industry, going back to 1910 when Wilbur and Orville Wright opened the nation's first civilian flying school just outside Montgomery.

Alabamians sent man to the moon. Dr. Wernher von Braun and his team of scientists designed, built, and tested the Saturn moon rockets at NASA Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville. Today, the engineers at Marshall are working on the next generation of vehicles, the Space Launch System, which will take us to Mars and beyond.

Source: Alabama Lt. Gov. official website, "Initiatives" Apr 7, 2017

Kay Ivey: Create a sustainable climate for drone manufacturing

[In August 2016 I attended] the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International's (AUVSI) Pathfinder Chapter's Symposium in Huntsville. The AUVSI Pathfinder Chapter is the oldest and largest chapter in the country dedicated to the advancement of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS). The AUVSI and ASA recently signed a memorandum of understanding to help transform the national economy with UAS.

UAS, also known as drones, are a phenomenon that are currently used by individuals, companies, military, law enforcement, farmers, utilities and real estate professionals to name a few. Although they can be disruptive technology, we must continue to promote innovation, development and advancement for utilization. Efforts are currently in place to create a sustainable climate in Alabama for UAS.

The aerospace industry in Alabama is thriving and growing. Our growth can be attributed to the recruitment of aerospace and defense companies such as Airbus, Boeing, Lockheed Martin, GE Aviation and Raytheon.

Source: Alabama Lt. Gov. official website, "Initiatives" Apr 7, 2017

Kay Ivey: $1 billion invested in Alabama's road and bridges

Alabama Transportation Rehabilitation and Improvement Program (ATRIP) is the largest road and bridge improvement program in Alabama's history. ATRIP has provided the most comprehensive and significant improvements to highway infrastructure in our state to date. On the ATRIP Advisory Committee Ivey reviews eligible projects submitted by cities and counties across the state. The committee makes funding decisions that has resulted in $1 billion being invested in Alabama's road and bridges.
Source: 2014 Alabama Lt. Governor campaign website Oct 30, 2014

Robert Bentley: $1 billion for ATRIP and RAMP infrastructure improvements

Each of Alabama's 67 counties has been given the opportunity to recruit more jobs, thanks to the largest road and bridge improvement program ever conducted in the state. When companies look for places to build, expand and hire more people, they look for places that have good infrastructure.

The Alabama Transportation Rehabilitation and Improvement Program, ATRIP--along with its companion program, the Rural Assistance Match Program, known as RAMP, are making over $1 billion available to counties and cities, and allowing much-needed road and bridge projects to move forward. Today more than one thousand road and bridge improvement projects are underway or soon will be because of ATRIP and RAMP.

Source: 2014 State of the State Address to Alabama legislature Jan 14, 2014

Robert Bentley: $614M for ATRIP: Transportation Rehabilitation & Improvement

Last year, cities and counties across this state were finally able to begin much-needed improvements to their roads and bridges. We launched the largest road and bridge improvement program in Alabama's history. ATRIP--the Alabama Transportation Rehabilitation and Improvement Program--allows counties to make much-needed repairs to roads and bridges. As of this week, 439 road and bridge projects have been approved. 61 of Alabama's 67 counties are seeing their roads repaired and bridges fixed. $614 million in projects have been approved.

Everyone benefits from ATRIP. When companies build new factories, they look for areas with good roads and bridges. ATRIP is giving them what they need.

Now, for those remaining six counties which have not participated in ATRIP, help is on the way. We will soon announce details that will help those counties to participate in ATRIP. Every single county in Alabama will be given the opportunity to participate.

Source: 2013 State of the State address to Alabama Legislature Feb 5, 2013

Robert Bentley: Paperless agencies: online license & tag verification system

Let me tell you just a few things they've done to save money: By reducing energy costs in all state departments, last year, Alabama taxpayers saved over $4-million dollars. Alabama became the first state to implement an online license and tag verification system. That's expected to save hundreds of thousands of dollars and decrease the number of uninsured motor vehicles on the road. State agencies are switching to paperless methods, saving millions of dollars. Taxpayers saved over $4-million dollars when Alabama became one of the first states to run a successful E-verify System as a governmental agency.
Source: 2013 State of the State address to Alabama Legislature Feb 5, 2013

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