Dec 08 2004

SHELBY ANNOUNCES MILLIONS FOR ANNISTON AND SURROUNDING AREA

President Signs Consolidated Appropriations Bill Into Law

U. S. Senator Richard C. Shelby (R-Ala.), Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, Treasury and General Government, announced today that President Bush signed the Consolidated Appropriations Act for Fiscal Year 2005 into law. Included in this legislation is millions of dollars for projects in the Anniston area.

The Consolidated Appropriations Act for FY 2005 is a spending bill that includes the remaining appropriations bills, which provide funding for: Transportation, Treasury, and General Government; Agriculture; Commerce, Justice, State; Energy and Water; Foreign Operations; Interior; Labor, Health and Human Services, Education; Legislative Branch; and Veterans Administration, Department of Housing and Urban Affairs.

Senator Shelby said, “I am pleased to announce funding for many important projects in the Anniston area and across Alabama. This legislation provides necessary resources for a wide-range of initiatives to improve the quality of life for our citizens and increase economic development opportunities across the state.”

Highlights Include:

 

  • $2 Million for Jacksonville State University

     

  • $600,000 for Randolph County Commission

     

  • $600,000 for Cleburne County Commission

     

  • $500,000 for CSX Bridge improvements in Gadsden

TRANSPORTATION, TREASURY, AND GENERAL GOVERNMENT

CSX Bridge Enhancement in Gadsden - $500,000

Senator Shelby said, “I am pleased this legislation includes $500,000 to make improvements and enhancements to the CSX Bridge over the Coosa River in Gadsden.

Jacksonville State University Campus Transportation Modernization - $2 Million

Senator Shelby said, “This legislation provides important funds for Jacksonville State University to make improvements to alleviate traffic congestion in the interior of the campus.”

Alabama Area Agencies on Aging - $1 Million

Senator Shelby said, “The bill includes $1 million for the Alabama Area Agencies on Aging to provide increased transportation opportunities for Alabama’s senior citizens.”

Easter Seals Project ACTION - $3 Million

Project ACTION promotes cooperation between the transportation industry and the disability community to increase mobility for people with disabilities. These funds will assist them in their efforts to further this program.”

Southern Fuel Cell Coalition - $500,000

These funds will be used to establish the Southern Fuel Cell Coalition which will serve the Southeastern United States. The coalition will work to tackle the challenges and opportunities that face fuel cell development and hydrogen infrastructure in the South.

 

AGRICULTURE

Precision Agricultural Partnership - $604,000

Senator Shelby said, "This bill includes $604,000 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."

 

Alabama Beef Connection - $393,000

Senator 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."

Nursery, Greenhouse and Turf Specialties Research - $275,000

Senator 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 - $1.425 Million

Senator 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."

Isabel and Wiley Hill Conservation Education Center - $450,000

Senator Shelby said, “This bill includes $450,000 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

National Fatherhood Initiative - $2,084,650

Senator Shelby said, "This bill provides $2,084,650 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."

 

National Center For Missing and Exploited Children - $26.9 Million

Senator Shelby said, "The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) 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 police technology project, LOCATER; expand the NetSmartz Workshop, and address other items. In addition, $3 million of these funds will be used for the training program provided by the Jimmy Ryce Law Enforcement Training Center.”

Regional Information Sharing System - $40 Million

Senator Shelby said, "The Regional Information Sharing Systems (RISS) Program is composed of six regional centers that share intelligence and coordinate efforts against criminal networks that operate in many locations across jurisdictional lines. Typical targets of RISS activities are drug trafficking, terrorism, violent crime, cybercrime, gang activity, and organized criminal activities."

Alabama Bureau of Investigation's Missing Children Program - $400,000

Senator Shelby said, "This project will provide funding to increase available resources for Missing and Exploited Children investigations. The funding will bolster this critical program and provide the necessary resources for the ABI to quickly and efficiently recover missing children and prosecute the offenders. Investigative resources will include personnel and equipment, training, as well as resources for public education issues surrounding Missing & Exploited Children."

Manufacturing Extension Partnership Program - $109 Million

Senator 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."

ENERGY AND WATER

WATERWAY PROJECTS

The legislation provides funds for a number of Alabama waterway projects. Senator Shelby said, “Alabama’s waters are an important part of our national inland waterway transportation system, while serving as an economic necessity for businesses in Alabama and across the nation. Numerous industries depend on an efficient waterway infrastructure to transport goods, and adequate funding is critical in order to avoid interruptions to the river flow traffic.”

The bill has provided funding for a number of Army Corps of Engineers projects in Alabama. These funds have been provided for the Corps' ongoing operation and maintenance activities on the waterways listed below:

 

 

  • Alabama - Coosa Comprehensive Water Study - $500,000

     

  • Alabama - Coosa River - $4 million

     

  • Apalachicola, Chattahoochee and Flint Rivers - $5,231,000

     

  • Bayou La Batre - $100,000

     

  • Gulf Intracoastal Waterway - $5 million

     

  • Inspection of Completed Works - $50,000

     

  • Millers Ferry Lock and Dam, William Bill Dannelly Lake - $2.727 million

     

  • Mobile Harbor - $21 million (includes $1 million to continue Garrows Bend environmental restoration)

     

  • Robert F. Henry Lock and Dam - $4.464 million

     

  • Walter F. George Lock and Dam - $5.989 million

     

  • Black Warrior-Tombigbee Waterway - $19,539,000

     

  • Tennessee River O & M - $17 million

     

  • Tennessee - Tombigbee Waterway - $23,004,000

     

  • Tennessee Tombigbee Wildlife Mitigation Payments - $2 Million

     

  • Kentucky Lock and Dam, KY - $32.5 million

     

  • Chickamauga Lock, TN - $18.08 million

These funds have been provided for the Corps' General Investigations works:

 

  • Brewton and East Brewton, AL - $145,000

     

  • Cahaba River Watershed, AL - $75,000

     

  • Village Creek, Jefferson County (Birmingham Watershed) - $233,000

These funds have been provided to the Corps for construction and major rehabilitation projects on the following waterways:

 

  • Walter F. George Powerhouse and Dam, AL & GA $1.7 million

     

  • Walter F. George Powerplant, AL & GA - $6 million

     

  • Duck River - $100,000

Smart Energy Management Control System at the Univ. of South Alabama - $1 Million

These funds will be used for University of South Alabama research, in cooperation with industry and the Cooperative Research Network of the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association, on a fuel cell powered home using the Smart Energy Management Control System.

Appalachian Regional Commission - $66 million

Sen. Shelby said, "This legislation provides $66 million for the Appalachian Regional Commission. This funding will allow the Appalachian Regional Commission to continue their efforts to bring economic development and increased infrastructure to this region of the United States."

 

Delta Regional Authority - $6,048,000

Sen. Shelby said, "The Delta Regional Authority was established three years ago and created an eight state region of the country, including 20 counties in Alabama, eligible for additional transportation and infrastructure funding, as well as funds for economic development and skills training. This year's appropriations bill provides $6,048,000 for the Delta Regional Authority."

INTERIOR

Alabama National Forest - $1.9 Million

This funding will assist in the purchase of land, from willing sellers only, within the boundaries of Alabama's National Forests. The National Forests in Alabama represent the largest area of publicly owned land in Alabama, covering approximately 665,661 acres. Senator Shelby said, "This year's funding will aid in the continued protection and preservation of our wildlife and natural resources in this area."

Alabama Rural Economic Action Program for Underserved Distressed Counties - $500,000

This funding will assist the forest industry in underserved communities and distressed counties to create and retain jobs to stimulate economic development in the State of Alabama. Senator Shelby said, "The forest industry in Alabama is suffering from difficult times with the loss of more than 4,000 jobs due to plant closures, layoffs, and downsizing. Users of the program will receive direct practical assistance to create and retain jobs, expand the use of productive technologies, reach new markets, and improve the utilization of forest resources."

VETERANS ADMINISTRATION, DEPARTMENT OF HOUSING AND URBAN AFFAIRS (VA-HUD)

Cleburne County Commission - $600,000

These funds will assist with the Cleburne County Commission’s efforts to expand water into rural parts of Cleburne and Randolph Counties.

 

Randolph County Commission - $600,000

Senator Shelby said, “These funds will allow Randolph County to provide a safe supply of water for its current and future residents and businesses. This project is critical to ensuring the health and welfare of the citizens in this area.”

Alabama Department of Environmental Management - $1 Million

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