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Energy Huntsville Forms Partnership with U.S. Space & Rocket Center

City of Huntsville April 3, 2013
(Huntsville, AL) - The City of Huntsville, Energy Huntsville and the U.S. Space & Rocket Center have forged an alliance toward a new collaboration in energy technologies.

The Energy Huntsville Initiative, a coalition of 185 energy companies in Huntsville, will base its operations in the U.S. Space & Rocket Center. Mayor Tommy Battle, Energy Huntsville Chair Jay Newkirk, and U.S. Space & Rocket Center CEO & Executive Director Dr. Deborah Barnhart signed a partnership agreement in the Davidson Center for Space Exploration's Saturn V Hall today to solidify the joint venture.

"We applaud Dr. Barnhart and the U.S. Space & Rocket Space Center for providing Energy Huntsville a purposeful home to deepen its roots in science and technology and to further its work in providing a more energy efficient community," said Mayor Battle.

Energy Huntsville's volunteer base has grown substantially since its formation three years ago, and the organization has been looking for a base for operations.

"This new partnership will help all of us accomplish our energy goals and missions," said Newkirk. "The Mayor's vision in creating Energy Huntsville was to provide jobs and economic development, and the U.S. Space & Rocket Center's long term objective is to realize net-zero energy efficiencies. Both will ultimately make Huntsville a Center of Excellence in energy technologies."

Energy Huntsville's new location in the U.S. Space & Rocket Center helps create an environment in which it can intensify its work to offer solutions in the management and control of energy data and energy resilience. The move allows Energy Huntsville to have an office and access to support personnel to fulfill its mission to provide jobs in the energy market sector.

"The Space and Rocket Center is proud to partner with the City of Huntsville to advance and support energy technology and education in our community," said Dr. Barnhart. "Since its founding in 1970, the Space and Rocket Center has educated the public on energy technologies developed as a result of the need for self-sustaining energy generation and the conservation and re-use of resources in human space exploration. This collaborative effort is an exciting way to bring these concepts 'down to earth,' make emerging energy technologies and ideas accessible to the general public and keep Huntsville on the leading edge of technology,"

Huntsville is well-known as a national center for space and technology industries. "What an extraordinary thing to also be known as the city that helps solve energy crises," said Newkirk.

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For more information, contact:

Kelly Cooper Schrimsher, Director of Communications, Office of the Mayor, City of Huntsville, 256-427-5006 (w), kelly.schrimsher@huntsvilleal.gov



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