Jan 22 2004

SHELBY ANNOUNCES FUNDING FOR IMPORTANT ALABAMA PROJECTS

Senate Passes Consolidated Appropriations Act for Fiscal Year 2004

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- U.S. Sen. Richard C. Shelby (R-Ala.), a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, announced funding for Alabama projects included in the Consolidated Appropriations Act for Fiscal Year 2004. Sen. Shelby said, “I’m pleased to announce funding for many important projects in Alabama. These funds will improve the quality of life for the residents in these communities.”

AGRICULTURE APPROPRIATIONS

Catfish Disease Research - $990,000
Senator Shelby was able to secure continued funding for aquaculture and fish disease research to be conducted at the Agricultural Research Service facilities located at Auburn University. This bill includes $990,000 in funding for the project which will provide greatly needed scientific research for the development of safe and effective vaccines for the prevention of diseases in catfish to increase productivity, fish efficiency, and reproduction.

Senator Shelby said, "I am pleased to provide funding so that the researchers at Auburn can continue their important research activities into the diseases that affect our catfish."



Precision Agricultural Partnership - $585,000

Sen. Shelby said, "This bill includes $585,000 for the Precision Agricultural Partnership, which conducts research to increase farm and forest productivity. This project uses technologies such as remote sensing, geographic information systems and global positioning systems to aid traditional methods of farming and forestry."

Tri-State Peanut Joint Research - $536,000

Sen. Shelby said, "This bill includes $536,000 for Tri-State Peanut Joint Research. These funds will allow continued research into several factors affecting the peanut industry including pests, soil quality, water quality, nutrients, and overall production environments. The goal is to increase yields with crop rotations and conservation."



Alabama Beef Connection - $338,000

Sen. Shelby said, "This bill includes funding for the Alabama Beef Connection program. This new program will allow us to track cattle as they move from farm to market and will provide greater information to public health officials who monitor beef products."

USDA-ARS National Soil Dynamics Laboratory - $1.194 million

Sen. Shelby said, "This bill includes funding for research activities, including studies in soil hydrology, weed ecology, and soil physics to be conducted at the ARS Soil Dynamics Laboratory at Auburn, Alabama. The drought of 2000 resulted in $329 million in losses to Alabama's row crop producers who typically contribute more than $700 million to the State's economy. It is imperative that we investigate ways to reduce drought related risks and find ways to address them in an effort to increase production and producer's profitability."

Food Safety and Detection Program - $1.006million

Sen. Shelby said, "This bill includes funding for Auburn University's ongoing research to ensure consumer access to safe food supplies. The additional money provided this year will allow Auburn to expand their research of Mad Cow disease and methods of prevention."

Nursery, Greenhouse and Turf Specialties Research - $277,000

Sen. Shelby said, "This continued funding will support research of greenhouse, nursery and turf horticultural products. The research will focus on areas such as new and improved pest resistant plant strains, utilization of new technologies in production, and strategies for crop scheduling. As the largest economic plant industry in Alabama, research in these areas are needed to maintain and fuel the industry's growth."

Improved Crop Production Practices - $770,000

Sen. Shelby said, "This funding will allow Auburn University, Alabama A & M and Tuskegee University to conduct joint research of conservation tillage, precision agriculture and management of poultry litter."



Horn fly research - $135,000

Sen. Shelby said, "This funding will assist Auburn University in their efforts to develop a horn fly vaccine. Economic losses due to horn fly stress on beef and dairy cattle totaled $1 billion last year, proving the necessity for this invaluable research. This anti-feeding vaccine in development is easily administered, species targeted, long lasting, and environmentally acceptable."

Isabel and Wiley Hill Conservation Education Center - $400,000

Sen. Shelby said, "This bill includes $400,000 for a cooperative program with the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) for conservation education. The DCNR will work cooperatively with the Alabama Wildlife Federation to provide educational materials on conservation and natural resources through the Isabel and Wiley Hill Conservation Education Center in Millbrook, Alabama."



COMMERCE JUSTICE STATE APPROPRIATIONS

National Fatherhood Initiative - $3 Million

Sen. Shelby said, "This bill provides $1.6 million for the National Fatherhood Initiative. This project will study the causes and consequences of out-of-wedlock childbirth, including the impact illegitimacy has on criminal activity and welfare dependence. The funds will also be used to develop and promote pro-family practices as a solution to these problems. The Initiative's work will be conducted by a consortium which includes: the National Fatherhood Institute and the Alabama Policy Institute."

Alabama Sentencing Commission (ASC), Simulation model of the Alabama sentenced offender population - $100,000

Sen. Shelby said, “I’m pleased to announce $100,000 for the Alabama Sentencing Commission’s (ASC), simulation model to be used to forecast the impact of policy decisions on various parts of the criminal justice system. Specifically, jail and prison populations, inmate to correctional, probation, and parole officer ratios, and community punishment program needs will be studied. This forecasting model is necessary for Alabama to realistically understand its sentencing system and the costs associated with various types of punishment. For the last 30 years, Alabama has constantly faced a problem with jail and prison overcrowding. The simulation model will be a vital tool for the ASC in its efforts to establish a fair, effective, and efficient sentencing system that best protects the safety of Alabama’s citizens, while working to eliminate overcrowding.”



National Center For Missing and Exploited Children - $18 Million

Sen. Shelby said, “The National Center has helped to locate thousands of missing children and has coordinated with law enforcement agencies throughout the nation to develop protocols for preventing child abduction and abuse. The funding they will receive will help NCMEC maintain and expand their National Resource Center and Clearinghouse, the training program provided by the Jimmy Ryce Law Enforcement Training Center, the police technology project, LOCATER; expand the NetSmartz Workshop, and address other items.”

Auburn University - National Textile Center - $10 Million

Sen. Shelby said, “The National Textile Center trains textile industry engineers and scientists, and conducts state-of-the-art research projects. These activities are essential for the U.S. textile industry to maintain its global competitiveness.”



Manufacturing Extension Partnership Program - $39.607 Million

Sen. Shelby said, “The Manufacturing Extension Partnership Program continues to be a success story by partnering federal, state, public and private entities in order to assist small and mid-sized American manufacturers modernize so that they may compete in the global marketplace.”

Alabama Criminal Justice Training Center - $150,000

Sen. Shelby said, “I’m pleased to announce $150,000 for the Alabama Criminal Justice Training Center in Selma. This facility provides basic police training under the provisions of the Alabama Peace Officer’s Standards and Training Commission and in-service and advanced training for other law enforcement personnel. Theses funds will be used to perform the necessary repairs and maintenance to keep this facility in the condition that reflects the professional image important to law enforcement officers and training.”



Huntsville Teen Shelter Project - $250,000

Sen. Shelby said, “This legislation provides $250,000 for the Huntsville Teen Shelter Project to develop a 16 bed dormitory and recreation area for troubled juveniles. Runaway and homeless youth are among the highest “at-risk” groups for delinquency and for victimization by predators. The Shelter will provide a safe place for counseling, comfort, and reconciliation with family.”



University of South Alabama, Mobile Bay Oyster Recovery Program - $1 Million

Sen. Shelby said, "The University of South Alabama, in cooperation with the Alabama Department of Conservation, will use the $1 million included in this legislation to continue the work that began as a result of last year’s funding to conduct surveys and work on the reseeding program in Mobile Bay. The program will attempt to restore productive oyster reefs in areas that have experienced reef loss due to environmental and harvesting factors. A resurgence of the oyster beds will significantly impact the water quality and clarity in Mobile Bay, as well as assist the Bay in fostering survival of sea grass meadows and marine species such as blue crab, sea trout, and some snappers and grouper."

Jefferson County Medical Examiner Upgrades - $500,000

Sen. Shelby said, “The Jefferson County Coroner/Medical Examiner's Office is notified to investigate approximately 25% of the deaths occurring in Jefferson County. Notification is made when there is suspicion of criminal violence or criminal neglect, when death occurs in suspicious or unusual circumstances and when deaths are thought to result from trauma or violence. This funding will assist the Medical Examiner’s office in acquiring new equipment to enhance forensic capabilities and enhance the DNA identification process.”



Birmingham Educational Technology Center - $600,000

Sen. Shelby said, “These funds will provide short-term and long-term training and tutoring to help ‘at-risk’ and economically disadvantaged individuals prepare for gainful employment and further education.”



University of South Alabama - Youth Violence Prevention Research, $800,000

Sen. Shelby said, “The funding provided in this legislation will allow the University of South Alabama, in conjunction with the Alabama Department of Youth Services, to conduct a research service project targeted at reducing juvenile violence and crime. The project will involve the creation and evaluation of juvenile justice programs and will focus on programs targeted toward rural areas where the largest percentage of increases in juvenile crime have occurred in recent years.”

Gulf State Consumer Education Programs - $1 Million

Sen. Shelby said, “This funding will be used for the Gulf state regulatory agencies and Gulf state non-profit business associations to implement an effective education program focusing on Vibrio Vulnificus within their respective states. The industry council has proven the ability to produce and distribute invaluable information to consumers on the concerns with oyster consumption. In working with state regulatory agencies the non-profits will be able to provide important information to educate the consumer and ensure that “at-risk” populations are properly informed and that the general public is an educated consumer.”



University of Alabama at Birmingham’s Forensic Science Institute - $1 Million

Sen. Shelby said, “These funds will be used to complete the development of a continuing education center for the Forensic Science Institute. The center will provide invaluable in-service programs for law enforcement officials and others who are practitioners in the forensic science field.”



Orange Beach Coastal and Estuarine Land Acquisition - $1 Million

Sen. Shelby said, “These funds will provide the City of Orange Beach the opportunity to acquire Robinson Island in order to preserve and protect the island’s natural habitat and resources.”



International Centre for Missing and Exploited Children - $1.3 Million

Sen. Shelby said, “These funds will allow the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children to expand their efforts to combat child pornography.”





LABOR, HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES APPROPRIATIONS
University of Alabama, Birmingham - Interdisciplinary Biomedical Research Center - $12.5 Million

Senator Shelby said, “These funds will enable the University of Alabama at Birmingham to construct an interdisciplinary research facility to house several science and clinical departments. It is vitally important that the University have the facilities and the resources to maintain its high standards in education and research. The University of Alabama has achieved great success and a well-deserved reputation for excellence. I hope to continue the recent Senate tradition of providing the University with the tools it needs to maintain its competitive edge.”



University of South Alabama’s Gulf Coast Cancer Center and Research Institute - $3.5 Million
Sen. Shelby said, “I am very proud to have played an instrumental role in the creation of a regional academic cancer research institute at the University of South Alabama. As a cancer survivor, I know firsthand the importance of this regional center that will study the causes, prevention and treatment of cancer, as well as provide the upper Gulf Coast with greater local access to state-of-the-art cancer treatment.”



Troy State University, Virtual University for the Armed Forces Expansion - $500,000

Senator Shelby said, “These funds will enable the university to provide educational tools 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to our military personnel around the world and at sea.”



Blount County Children’s Policy Center - $250,000
Senator Shelby said, “The Blount County Children’s Policy Center will use these funds for the development of the Child and Family Service Mall.”

Science Education Technology Initiative at the University of Alabama - $400,000

Senator Shelby said, “These funds will aid the University of Alabama in their efforts to upgrade their science education and technology facilities in order to support greater scientific education of its students. The funding will be used to upgrade their current science lecture halls to incorporate state-of-the-art, multimedia rooms, instant response devices, and distance learning technology to provide instruction to K - 12 classes. In addition, the University plans to upgrade their science laboratories to allow for true, discovery-based instruction by installing new equipment and upgraded instrumentation and computing facilities.”

University of South Alabama Diabetic Lower Extremity Amputation Prevention Program - $400,000
Senator Shelby said, “Complications due to diabetes result in 54,000 amputations a year – 950 of those occur in Alabama. I am pleased to announce these funds for this important program. Through preventative care and education, it is my hope we will be able to prevent lower extremity amputations caused by diabetes.”



University of Alabama, Huntsville - Southeast Automotive Transportation Lean Manufacturing Initiative - $200,000

Senator Shelby said, “As the automotive industry continues to expand in Alabama, it is necessary to provide automotive companies with the support they need in implementing lean manufacturing. These funds will assist the University of Alabama, Huntsville to establish the necessary infrastructure for a Southeast Automotive Transportation Lean Manufacturing Initiative.

University of Alabama - Zelpha’s Cultural Development Corporation, Inc. - $75,000

Senator Shelby said, “This funding will help expand and develop, in conjunction with the University of Alabama-Zelpha’s Cultural Education Center, music education programs for economically disadvantaged children.”



University of South Alabama Telemedicine Project - $175,000

Senator Shelby said, “These funds will allow us to enhance communication between rural emergency departments and the University of South Alabama’s Medical Center Level One Trauma Unit. This connection will help improve the level of emergency care in rural and remote areas of Alabama.”

American Village Civic Education Initiative - $200,000

Senator Shelby said, “These funds will assist in the operations of the national civic education initiative, ‘Securing the Blessings of Liberty’ of the American Village civic education center. The program helps young people make powerful connections to American history, civics and government.”



University of Alabama Culverhouse Center for Information Technology - $250,000

Senator Shelby said, “Our bill provides funding for applied research in the automotive and manufacturing industries, and transportation.”



University of South Alabama’s Birth Defects Monitoring Program - $250,000

Sen. Shelby said, "I am very pleased that the Senate has recognized the importance of this program and has shown continued support for the work of the Birth Defects Monitoring Program at the University of South Alabama. The program will continue its studies of environmental causes of birth defects. In addition to the important research conducted at this facility, the facility employs numerous Mobile-area residents."



Lakeshore Foundation, Birmingham - $200,000

Senator Shelby said, “The Lakeshore Foundation will use these funds to develop a fitness and health promotion program for the disabled.”



Corporate Foundation for Children, Montgomery - $350,000

Senator Shelby said, “These funds will help Corporate Foundation for Children assist undeserved organizations to increase the number and capacity of community-based organizations across the state to serve families and individuals in need.”

Alabama College System Microelectronics Consortium Advanced Electronics Technology Education Project - $250,000

Senator Shelby said, “This funding will assist in efforts to educate the workforce for the 21st century high tech economy.”



Cooper Green Hospital, Women’s Cancer Screening and Prevention - $200,000
Senator Shelby said, “These funds will allow the Cooper Green Hospital to provide for a program to screen and detect cervical cancers among low income women.”



University of West Alabama Technology Improvements - $300,000
Senator Shelby said, “This funding will assist the University of West Alabama with its efforts to provide a comprehensive technological environment. This will allow a seamless flow of information between students, faculty, and professional staff, and the networking infrastructure.”



VETERANS ADMINISTRATION/HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT APPROPRIATIONS

City of Tuscaloosa - $3 Million

This funding will assist the City of Tuscaloosa with their 21st Avenue Urban Renewal Project, including design, planning, and land acquisition.

Sen. Shelby said, “This funding will assist Tuscaloosa in revitalizing this important area.”

Mitchell College of Business Library - $400,000
The University of South Alabama is making improvements related to the Mitchell College of Business Library in Mobile, Alabama.



Elmore County Economic Development Authority - $75,000

This funding will assist the Elmore County Economic Development Authority with its business and economic development activities in the County.

City of Millport - $100,000

The City of Millport will receive $100,000 for construction costs associated with their Regional Cultural Center.

Tuscaloosa County Commission - $200,000

This funding will assist the Tuscaloosa County Commission in its Community Development activities through the Parks and Recreation Authority.

Montgomery Boys and Girls Club - $100,000

Sen. Shelby said, “These funds will help the Boys and Girls Club of Montgomery to make much needed improvements to their facility and will provide a safe place for Montgomery youths to go after school.”

City of Fairhope for the Fairhope Library - $250,000

This funding will assist the City of Fairhope with the construction costs associated with building a new library.



Huntsville/Madison County Visitor’s Bureau - $100,000

This funding will help to furnish the new Visitor’s Center in Huntsville.

Crenshaw County Economic/Industrial Development Authority - $475,000

Crenshaw County Economic/Industrial Development Authority will receive $475,000 for industrial site preparation in the County.

Sen. Shelby said, “These funds will help Crenshaw County prepare for the supply industry necessary to support the new Hyundai automobile factory and facility.”

Rockford Council of Arts and Crafts - $100,000
This funding will assist in the renovation of the Old Rockford School in Rockford, Alabama.

City of Northport - $100,000
This funding will assist the City of Northport in their community development efforts.

Eufaula's Broad Street Restoration Project - $150,000

Sen. Shelby said, "This bill includes $150,000 for the restoration of Eufaula's Broad Street, including the refurbishment of the historic Bluff City Inn."

Selma Downtown Revitalization - $150,000
“I am pleased we were able to provide the resources for the City of Selma to purchase property adjacent to the historic St. James Hotel as a part of their continued effort to revitalize the riverfront area.”

Parnell Memorial Library - $400,000
“These funds will assist the City of Montevallo in their efforts to construct a new library.”



Center for Estuarine Research at the University of South Alabama - $1 Million

“I am pleased to announce this funding for research activities the Center conducts on the ecology of coastal lands and seascapes. This funding will allow the University of South Alabama to continue the vital ecological research that it is conducting in the Gulf Coast and Mobile Bay areas. The knowledge gained from this research provides important scientific insights that can be used to preserve and protect coastal plant and wildlife,” said Shelby.



Alabama Department of Environmental Management - $1 Million

“This funding will allow the Alabama Department of Environmental Management to conduct field training for Alabama water and wastewater operators across the state,” said Shelby.



Alabama Water Projects


“This funding will go a long way in aiding our cities and counties as they deal with their water and sewer resource challenges,” said Shelby.

National Rural Water Association (NRWA) - $12 Million

-$10 Million - This funding will assist rural water technical assistance activities and groundwater protection.

-$2 Million - An additional $2 million was provided for source water protection assessments.



Coosa Valley Water Supply District - $850,000
This funding will assist Coosa Valley Water Supply District with development of a surface water supply in St. Clair County, Alabama.

Sen. Shelby said, “These funds will provide citizens and industry throughout the region with a steady and reliable water source.”



Tom Bevill Reservoir Management Area Authority - $2 Million

The Tom Bevill Reservoir Management Area Authority will receive $2 million for construction of a drinking water reservoir in Fayette County, Alabama.

Southwest Alabama Regional Water Supply District - $450,000

This funding will assist the Southwest Alabama Regional Water Supply District’s regional water supply distribution in Thomasville, Alabama.

Sen. Shelby said, “This project will provide a reliable surface water source for several municipalities and counties throughout Southwest Alabama.”

City of Athens Utilities - $350,000

This funding will assist the City of Athens in commercial sewage extension.



Town of Hodges, AL - $100,000

This funding will assist Hodges, Alabama with their water improvement project.



Town of Double Springs, AL - $150,000

The Town of Double Springs will receive $150,000 for water system improvements.

Smith’s Water and Sewer Authority - $250,000
This funding will assist with sewage expansion in Smith, Alabama and the surrounding areas.

Water and Sewer Boards of the Cities of Brent and Centreville - $350,000

Sen. Shelby, “These funds will assist in the repairs of the water systems in Brent and Centreville, Alabama to mitigate water pollution.”



Wilcox County Industrial Authority - $100,000
This funding will assist the Wilcox County Industrial Authority with water and infrastructure development of their industrial park.

Waterworks Boards of Section and Dutton (Jackson County, AL) - $550,000

The Waterworks Boards of Section and Dutton will receive $550,000 for their water distribution system expansion and upgrade.

Cherokee County Commission - $150,000

This funding will assist the Cherokee County Commission in their efforts to provide improvements to the Weiss Lake Area system in Centre, Alabama.

These funds are subject to a .59% across-the-board recision as stated in the FY 2004 Consolidated Appropriations Act.

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