Initiatives - April 2021

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CRP Food Truck Fests:

Better Together

Mark Your Calendar!


he Cummings Research Park (CRP) Food Truck Fests return this month amidst what we are sure will be great weather and will definitely include continued safety protocols. Our first event is Tuesday, April 13 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Each month we will have several great trucks ready to serve you local, fast and tasty fare. Take a break from your regular lunch options and join us outside. Again this year, we will have spaced-out seating in the shade. We wipe down all tables and chairs in between uses so that you can feel safe enjoying your lunch experience in the Park. Thanks to our presenting sponsor, Renasant Bank, and our gold sponsor, enVention, LLC! Make your plans to join us the 2nd Tuesday of each month through November from 11-1 at 990 Explorer Boulevard. We want to thank Intrepid for again allowing us to use their convenient location! You can find these Park events on our CRP website and if you subscribe to our CRP mailing list, we will be sure to send you a friendly reminder each month! What’s that, you say, you don’t subscribe to our CRP mailing list? Visit cummingsresearchpark. com and sign up at the top right of our homepage. – Erin Koshut

New Redstone-Huntsville Utilities partnership strengthens each other


s Redstone Arsenal has grown, the community has helped to meet its infrastructure needs by working with local, state and federal government partners to develop needed capacity. Such partnerships include the City of Huntsville’s waste-to-energy plant that supplies steam to the Arsenal for its heating and cooling needs by burning the region’s solid waste, providing a tremendous win-win for both the base and the community. The City also partnered with Redstone to develop Redstone Gateway, a 470-acre Army Enhanced Use Lease (EUL) mixed-use office/hotel/retail development at the main entrance to the Base. Ultimately this EUL will provide over 4 million square feet of developed space and millions of dollars to help meet Redstone’s operational requirements. The city and state also built senior officer quarters on the base, and widened significant portions of the major access roads both on and off post to accommodate Redstone’s growth. The Redstone/Huntsville partnership grew even stronger with the recent Intergovernmental Support Agreement (IGSA) between Redstone and Huntsville Utilities. The IGSA is a public-public partnership that authorizes the Military Services to receive, provide, or share installation support services with a state or local government. The scope of the work provides for the operations and maintenance of the electric, water, and gas systems on Redstone Arsenal. Huntsville Utilities will inspect, repair, and maintain all existing utility components and will provide all personnel, equipment, supplies, materials, supervision and other items and electronic services to perform these services at Redstone. You may not realize it, but Redstone’s infrastructure is the size of a small city. They have the following:

■ 248 miles of overhead electricity distribution ■ 145 miles of underground electricity distribution ■ 46 miles of transmission lines ■ 22 substations ■ 298 miles of water pipe ■ 1,202 water valves ■ 7 water storage tanks ■ 3 water treatment plants ■ 67 miles of gas pipe ■ 542 gas regulators ■ 265 gas valves “This IGSA is a huge success for the Army, Redstone Arsenal, and the Huntsville community,” said Ivan Bolden, chief of Army Partnerships at The Pentagon. “As a partner, Huntsville Utilities will bring many years of local utilities operational expertise and experience to be applied to Redstone’s utility infrastructure, and additional capacity to support future mission growth. Huntsville has always been overwhelmingly ‘military friendly’ and this partnership underscores the long-standing commitment of the community’s leadership.”


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