Officials looking to future of a revamped robotics park

State officials are reassessing the future of Alabama Robotics Technology Park following its eighth birthday in September.

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Along with a new director and a new initiative, the future of the park on U.S. 31 in Tanner will likely include an expanded Phase 1, a Phase 3 that’s finally in use and possibly a fourth phase.

The park is run by Alabama Industrial Training and Development. Former automotive executive Chuck Ernst was announced in late September as the Robotics Technology Park’s new director.

A new initiative, RTP 2.0, was part of the Ernst announcement, but AIDT Executive Director Ed Castile said they are still trying to figure out what this strategy is.

‘So far, we’ve fulfilled the vision that we had for the park,’ Castile said. ‘Now we’re trying to figure out what we need to do in addition to what we’re already doing. We’re looking at what works and what doesn’t.’

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  • Publisher: Singularity Hub
  • Date: 2018-09-07T08:00:31-07:00
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Florida hub Port Canaveral eyes upgrades as Disney Cruise Line expands

One of the world’s biggest cruise ports, Port Canaveral in central Florida, is planning upgrades in anticipation of heavier use by Disney Cruise Line.


Officials at Port Canaveral in Florida, one of the world’s busiest cruise ports,’expect Disney Cruise Line to increase its presence’as the company expands its fleet from four to seven ships.

To get ready, port commissioners on Wednesday unanimously approved moving forward with a study of how to upgrade Disney’s Cruise Terminal 8 and the nearby Cruise Terminal 10’a terminal’now used primarily by Norwegian Cruise Line.

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