Jul 21 2005

SHELBY ANNOUNCES FUNDING FOR WEST ALABAMA

Appropriations Committee Approves FY 06 Transportation, Treasury, Judiciary, Housing and Urban Development Appropriations Bill

WASHINGTON, D. C. -- U.S. Senator Richard Shelby (R-AL), a senior member of the Transportation, Treasury, Judiciary, Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Appropriations Subcommittee, today announced funding for several projects included in the Fiscal Year 2006 Transportation, Treasury, Judiciary, HUD Appropriations Bill. This bill was approved by the Senate Appropriations Committee today and now heads to the Senate for consideration.

Senator Shelby said, “I am pleased that the bill provides funding for important projects across the state. These funds reflect our commitment to safe and efficient transportation, infrastructure development, and economic growth activities.”

Tuscaloosa Federal Building - $50 million

Senator Shelby said, “I am pleased this bill provides $50 million for continued construction of a federal building in Tuscaloosa. It is my hope that this building will anchor the city’s downtown revitalization efforts.”

Biodiesel Hybrid Bus Research - $1 Million

The bill includes $1 million in funding for the Transportation Hybrid Electric Vehicle and Fuel Cell Research Program through the Center for Advanced Vehicle Technologies (CAVT) at The University of Alabama. Senator Shelby said, “This funding will allow the University to establish a comprehensive research program to conduct cutting-edge research and to educate scientists and engineers in this growing industry.”

Wilcox County Industrial Development - $200,000

Senator Shelby said, “I am pleased we secured these important funds so that the Wilcox County Industrial Development Authority may continue development of an industrial park in the area. I am committed to providing resources that encourage economic development opportunities in our state.”

City of Guin Economic Development - $300,000

Senator Shelby said, “These funds will be used for economic development activities including planning and development of an industrial park in Guin. I am pleased these funds were included in the bill for this important project.”

Fayette County Industrial Park - $400,000

Senator Shelby said, “This bill includes $400,000 for continued development of the Fayette County industrial park. These funds, which will allow for acquisition of additional property, will spur economic growth for this area.”

Southern Fuel Cell Coalition - $1.5 million

Senator Shelby said, “These funds will be used for 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.”

Alabama Area Agencies on Aging - $500,000

Senator Shelby said, “I am pleased this bill includes $500,000 for van replacement for the Alabama Area Agencies on Aging. These critical resources allow this agency to continue providing much needed transportation options for Alabama’s senior citizens.”

Alabama Institute for the Deaf and Blind - $400,000

Senator Shelby said, “These funds will be used for the Alabama Institute for the Deaf and Blind (AIDB) to construct a new Regional Center in Tuscaloosa. AIDB, founded in 1858, is the nation’s most comprehensive organization serving individuals who are deaf, blind and multi-disabled and their families. Last year, AIDB served over 11,000 people in their other regional centers in Alabama.”

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