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05/16/2014 – Capitol Report From The Office Of Senator Roger Bedford – May 16th, 2014

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It was certainly a pleasure to participate in so many American Cancer Society Relay for Life events. I want to congratulate the literally thousands of volunteers and supporters throughout our Senate District. Once again Northwest Alabama came in strong supporting the fight against cancer. My wife Maudie, who thanks to God’s healing grace was cured from breast cancer, was the featured speaker at the Franklin County American Cancer Society Survivor Dinner. While Maudie is always nervous when speaking to the public, I thought she did an outstanding job and related directly to all of us cancer survivors and our care givers. So as someone who had a bone marrow transplant at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in January of 1990, I want to thank you personally because some of the early money used to develop bone marrow transplant procedures, came from the American Cancer Society. You never know how the dollars we are raising here locally might affect our friends and neighbors in a positive manner.

I want to thank Muscle Shoals High School’s new principal Chad Holden for taking the time to tour me through our fine Muscle Shoals High School. It was good to talk with the bright students and excellent facility they have there. The school lunch was also delicious.

I want to congratulate Lawrence County and the City of Hillsboro on recently landing 100 new jobs. The company IT-TRI LLC., plans to invest 68 million dollars to build a steel tubing and pipe manufacturing plant in Lawrence County at the Mallard Fox West Industrial Complex. I am proud to support the local and state officials in helping to locate these jobs in Lawrence County. They will help make up for some of the jobs lost with International Paper, who unfortunately pulled out of Lawrence County and shut down it’s operations. IT-TRI President Rick Werner, CEO\President of Independence Tube, said the company plans to begin operations by the end of 2014 and create 100 jobs before 2016. Werner stated the investment includes 29 million dollars for land and buildings, 38 million dollars for manufacturing and equipment and 1 million dollars for personal property and I believe this is a good solid investment in the future of Lawrence County and all of North Alabama.

It’s also a pleasure to congratulate the City of Russellville for obtaining a grant that I was glad to support which amounts to $977,000 for road work on Lawrence Street. As you know this important road runs in front of Innovative Hearth Products, IHP Plant, which we helped to locate this past year. It will employ about 250 new jobs in Russellville. This road expansion will help the plant to expand and I am proud to help create these new jobs.

Recently I was reviewing the progress on the sewer improvements in the town of Hackleburg. You will recall that we were able to obtain project grants after the destruction power of the tornado that hit us in 2011. I’m pleased to report to you that while instillation of the system does divert traffic and cause some problems for pedestrians, it will hopefully be in place as early as July but no longer than August of this year. This will help us keep jobs in the area as well as attract new jobs by having a new sewer system. As it comes to the some 200 local residents who will be available to tie on to the system, I hope that local water and sewer board will work with them to provide a fair agreement to those that decide not to hook up to the sewer system, so that hopefully they will not be charged for services not rendered.

I also want to extend congratulations to the individual athletes and teams that competed so well in Selma this past week. Many of our high school and individual athlete achievements were recognized at the state track meet because of their outstanding accomplishments. It takes a lot of hard work all season long, and often times in the off season to be able to compete at the state level. Once again, our local teams and athletes have made all of us proud.

While we are talking about some of the great schools in our District, it is my hope that Winfield will soon receive the official honor of becoming a Blue Ribbon School. The mound of paper work has now been completed and turned in and it is my hope that this school system will receive one of the highest honors for any school in America by being given the U.S. Department of Education’s Blue Ribbon School Award. We can all take pride in the great job in which our teachers and support personnel do in educating the work force as well as the leaders of the 21st Century.

When it comes to industrial development we have been fortunate to see the success generated in part by our local Economic Development Associations, it was my pleasure many years ago to help work to establish the C3 of Northwest Alabama Economic Development Alliance as well as the Franklin County Industrial Development Authority. By having full time local people on the ground 24\7 I believe it helps not only keep jobs here but attracts new jobs. Some good news as we have recently expanded the Economic Development marketing agent representing local governments throughout Marion, Lamar and Fayette County, as well as private individuals and members by adding the Honorable Ron Davis to the C3 staff as a part time Vice President of Business Development. He brings a great deal of business background to out C3 recruitment areas, specifically in the area of automotive production.

Thank you all for contacting me and please continue to do so at the following address(s)

Roger H. Bedford, Jr.

Alabama State House

11 S. Union Street, Suite 738
Montgomery, Alabama 36130
Phone 334-242-7862, Fax 334-242-9202
Russellville Office

P.O. Box 370

Russellville, Alabama 35653

Phone 256-332-6966 Fax 256-332-6967
Email: senbedford@aol.com

Website: http://www.RogerBedford.com

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May 17, 2014 at 12:19 PM

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