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22 September 2005

Photo Feature by Steve Latham

President Meehan Presents Gov. Riley the 'Person of the Year Award'

Jacksonville State University President Bill Meehan, right, presented Governor Bob Riley the Choccolocco Economic Activity Zone's "Economic Development Person of the Year" award during a luncheon Thursday at the organization's exposition in Anniston. Dr. Meehan, chairman of the Zone's board of directors, said the governor was responsible for more than $600 million in capital investments, more than 30 new or expanded companies, and approximately 3,000 new jobs in the Zone's Calhoun, Cleburne, and Talladega counties. During his keynote address, Riley told an audience of more than 200 that "the partnership between the business community and JSU should be a prototype for the whole state" and that economic development "is impossible without world class higher education." Riley also said he had received word that a new nuclear power plant would be built at TVA's unfinished Bellefonte, Ala., facility beginning in about two years. The advanced technology plant could be finished by the middle of the next decade and could produce more than 2600 megawatts of electric energy.


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