Grand Opening Event Planned for Alabama Robotics Park Phase II Facility


Officials with Governor Robert Bentley’s office, Calhoun Community College and Alabama Industrial Development Training (AIDT) will take part in the official grand opening and ribbon cutting for the Advanced Technology Research and Development Center, Phase II of the Alabama Robotics Technology Park (RTP), on Wednesday, August 24, 2011, to begin at 10:00am.

The RTP's second phase is a 35,000-square-foot, $8.3 million building featuring a test facility for companies currently in the robotics manufacturing industry.  The building will be used for the research, development and testing of leading edge robotics used for military projects, space exploration, and other applications. The structure will have appropriate infrastructure to support these activities with substantial outdoor areas for testing in a variety of environments.

In June 2008, former Alabama Governor Bob Riley announced the selection of Calhoun's Decatur campus as the site for the state's new Robotics Technology Park (RTP). When complete, the RTP will consist of three individual training facilities each targeted to a specific industry need.

A ribbon cutting for the Park’s first phase, the 52,000-square-foot Robotic Maintenance Training Center, was held last November.  Currently, short-term, non-credit training classes are being taught in the facility by instructors from AIDT.  Credit classes for students from Calhoun are scheduled to be taught in the near future. 

In addition to Governor Bentley, others expected to participate in the grand opening event include Postsecondary Chancellor Freida Hill, members of the Alabama State Board of Education, members of the RTP’s executive board, Calhoun President Marilyn Beck, AIDT Executive Director Ed Castile, and elected officials and business leaders from across the region.

For more information on the event, contact the Calhoun Public Affairs office at 256/306-2560 or the AIDT Public Information office at 334/280-4440.

See invitation with driving directions!


Janet Kincherlow-Martin
Director of Public Relations
(256) 306-2561

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