Officials prepare to kick off robotics park

DECATUR, Ala. (AP) - Calhoun Community College's Robotics Technology Park moves closer to reality this week.

Gov. Bob Riley, Chancellor Bradley Byrne, U.S. Rep-elect Parker Griffith, D-Huntsville, and other officials meet Wednesday on a 51-acre field on U.S. 31 in front of the Delphi Corp.

They will break ground for the first phase of the Advanced Technology Robotics Research and Development Center.

Riley first discussed his idea for the robotics park during his 2006 re-election campaign.

He chose Calhoun in June over competitor Wallace State Community College in Hanceville.

Calhoun's location near Huntsville's high-tech companies and Redstone Arsenal were keys in the Decatur college's selection.

Pryor Field also played a role.

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