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2015

ANNUAL REPORT


The mission of the Chamber of Commerce of Huntsville/Madison County is to prepare, develop and promote our community for economic growth.

chamber of commerce of huntsville/madison county

2015 ANNUAL REPORT


A MESSAGE FROM CHIP CHERRY, CCE

In 2015, the Chamber celebrated an even more energized and engaged private sector – in partnership with a strong public sector – which stimulated growth in the economy. The power of this partnership is reflected in the job and investment numbers on page 6 – 3,546 new jobs and over $413m in new investment. The investments made by new and expanding companies’ flows through the region’s economy – creating opportunities for all of our members. Thank you for engaging with us and making what we do possible. The timeline on the following pages provides an insight into the pace of activities during 2015. Member engagement was significant with the launch of new digital and social marketing tools, and more than 10,000 members participated in our programs. Additionally, professional networking opportunities, our Ambassador and Emissary programs, and our annual ChamberON campaign made significant impacts in member opportunities. We look forward to a strong 2016!

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2015 HIGHLIGHTS: YEAR IN REVIEW*

APRIL 28, 2015

MARCH 30, 2015 FEBRUARY 19, 2015

ALABAMA MANUFACTURER OF THE YEAR AWARDS JANUARY 9, 2015

POLARIS PRESS CONFERENCE Polaris announced today that they will be opening an advanced manufacturing facility in Huntsville that will create up to 2,000 jobs over the next seven years.

WASHINGTON UPDATE WITH SENATOR SHELBY

APRIL 19-21, 2015

Senator Shelby gave an update to the business community on the past year’s progress on the issues that impact our region and his outlook for the year ahead.

The Annual D.C. Trip brings some of Washington’s top leaders together with representatives from our business and elected community.

WASHINGTON DC TRIP

NERDWALLET VISIT TO HUNTSVILLE

A full day packed with practical advice and best practices from digital leaders. Experts provided tips to boost your digital PR campaigns.

JANUARY 30, 2015

MARCH 9, 2015

STATE OF THE SCHOOLS In partnership with The Schools Foundation, the event featured a report from each of the three school systems in Madison County and the State Board of Education.

WASHINGTON UPDATE WITH REP. BROOKS

Congressman Brooks’ briefing included his views on the past year’s progress on the issues that impact our region and his outlook for the year ahead.

FEBRUARY FEBRUARY 11, 2015

JANUARY 22, 2015

ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING With the theme “Global Dynamics Affecting the United States”, this special event gave members a Chamber/community update and featured keynote speaker General Michael V. Hayden.

BREAKFAST & BIZ This fast paced, bi-monthly networking event brings Chamber members together with new business contacts in a unique and entertaining format.

MARCH

ARMED FORCES CELEBRATION

MAY 5, 2015

APRIL 16, 2015

GEEK2GEEK

APRIL

This annual trip to the State Capitol provided an opportunity to meet with key leaders in state government to discuss the critical issues facing our community.

These events offer a networking opportunity for members to come together in a relaxed social atmosphere.

MAY

NerdWallet ranked Huntsville the nation’s top engineering city

JUNE

JUNE 25, 2015

Small Business Training Series events included an FBI series covering Cyber Security, Elicitation & Insider Threat, and Economic Espionage.

Huntsville ranked among top cities for STEM jobs by SmartAsset

GEEK2GEEK

MAY 7, 2015 APRIL 8, 2015

BREAKFAST & BIZ

BUSINESS AFTER HOURS

MAY 18, 2015

CHAMBER SPRING GOLF CLASSIC

APRIL 21, 2015

WOMEN’S BUSINESS COUNCIL FORUM The Women’s Business Council is an advocate for women-owned businesses. WBC hosts quarterly forums in an effort to support women in business. MAY 15, 2015

MARCH 31, 2015 JANUARY 22, 2015

A week-long celebration including a Proclamation Signing, Concert in the Park, and a Chamber-hosted luncheon that featured Gen. John E. Hyten, U.S. Air Force, Space Command.

This awards event showcases the best places to work in our community. Results are strictly based on employee participation answering surveys.

MONTGOMERY TRIP

BUSINESS AFTER HOURS

This Cummings Research Park After Hours event is a facilitated networking opportunity and social for member companies in the Park to discover and learn about technology being developed by other CRP companies.

BEST PLACES TO WORK®

Small Business Training Series included “Trade & Exporting with the U.S. Small Business Administration”

APRIL 7-8, 2015

MARCH 26, 2015

GEEK2GEEK

*THIS TIMELINE DOES NOT INCLUDE ALL CHAMBER EVENTS.

CRP MASTER PLANNING PROJECT PRESS EVENT

We kicked off Small Business “Shop Small, Shop Local” Week with a Block Party on May 4.

JUNE 21-27, 2015

MARCH 26, 2015

JANUARY

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MAY 14, 2015

STRATEGY: DIGITAL MEDIA CONFERENCE

She.E.O.

ALABAMA UPDATE WITH GOV. BENTLEY

An inspirational, highly fashionable, ladies-focused, networking experience. Attendees had an opportunity to connect with distinguished She.E.Os.

This annual event featured an address from Alabama Governor Robert Bentley on the State of the State and our community’s role.

Forbes: Huntsville is among top 20 Southern cities for jobs right now

Huntsville is NerdWallet’s second best place for tech jobs in the U.S.

A fun opportunity for connecting with new and old friends in a relaxed atmosphere, prizes were awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place teams.

JUNE 23, 2015

WOMEN’S BUSINESS COUNCIL FORUM

NerdWallet ranked Huntsville the Best Places for STEM Grads


SEPTEMBER 3, 2015

CRP MASTER PLAN ANNOUNCEMENT

COLLEGE & CAREER FAIR

JULY 8, 2015

CHAMBER U An innovative, educational business platform, giving the tools to navigate, grow and thrive in today’s changing workplace. All Chamber U classes were developed in conjunction with our member higher education institutions.

SEPTEMBER 10, 2015

WORKFORCE SUMMIT

SEPTEMBER 11, 2015

SMALL BUSINESS AWARDS CELEBRATION

SEPTEMBER 15, 2015

CHAMBER U

AUGUST

SEPTEMBER

SEPTEMBER 22, 2015

OCTOBER

BUSINESS AFTER HOURS

ANNUAL OUTING

BUSINESS AFTER HOURS

Celebrating our Space and Defense Industry relationships on the banks of the Tennessee River and enjoy a fresh, Gulf seafood buffet, an open bar and live music followed by spectacular fireworks.

An Entrepreneur Forum – bringing together a panel of local entrepreneurs to offer insight on how to stay viable and successful through good and bad climates, followed by a Q&A session.

Madison is NerdWallet’s second best city for veterans

DECEMBER 10, 2015

HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE The holiday event welcomed Chamber members, community and Redstone Arsenal senior leaders and local elected officials. Every year, it is one of the most celebrated community holiday events of the season.

NOVEMBER 16, 2015

DECEMBER 17, 2015

ECONOMIC DEV. TRIP TO BREMEN, GERMANY

DREAM CHASER PHASE 1 RESULTS

NOVEMBER 12, 2015

CHAMBER U

JULY 28, 2015

IGNITE

Mayor Battle highlighted the city’s progress in economic development and presented his “annual report” to the citizens of Huntsville regarding the accomplishments from the past year and his outlook for the year ahead.

EVENT: JACK DANIEL’S WHISKEY TASTING WITH JEFF ARNETT, MASTER DISTILLER

SEPTEMBER 17, 2015

JULY 22, 2015

STATE OF THE CITY ADDRESS

Our annual Small Business Awards honored the best of the best small business entrepreneurs, young professionals, OCTOBER 21, 2015 nonprofits, and executive leadership. HREGI INVESTOR

Hosted leaders from 7 counties to develop strategies to ensure that North Alabama economic growth has a sustainable talent pipeline.

JULY

OCTOBER 27, 2015

GE AVIATION ANNOUNCEMENT & PRESS CONFERENCE

SEPTEMBER 3, 2015

This event reached all 11th and 12th graders in Huntsville, Madison and Madison County schools to promote local high-demand careers.

NOVEMBER 6, 2015

NOVEMBER 19, 2015

SCHMOOZAPALOOZA

NOVEMBER 10, 2015

Held twice a year to provide a casual and lively atmosphere for business professionals to network, this event is all about business in action and making connections – in a tabletop exhibit format and ending with a BUSINESS AFTER HOURS event.

IGNITE: AN ENTREPRENEUR FORUM OCTOBER 26, 2015

WASHINGTON UPDATE WITH SENATOR SESSIONS

Huntsville is #2 City in the U.S. for Tech Job by SmartAsset

BREAKFAST & BIZ

WOMEN’S BUSINESS COUNCIL FORUM

WOMEN’S BUSINESS COUNCIL FORUM

This annual event provided Senator Sessions an opportunity to update the business community on the past year’s progress on the issues that impact our region and his outlook for the year ahead.

Bloomberg: Huntsville is one of top metros to “Power the U.S. Economy”

DECEMBER DECEMBER 16, 2015

OCTOBER 27, 2015

AUGUST 25, 2015

Strategic Innovations events included ‘Beyond the Business Card & Back’, ‘Joint Ventures in Government Contracting’, ‘Marketing Now & in the Future’, ‘Networking with the Masses’, ‘Using Facebook to Grow Your Business’, ‘Social Engineering & the Insider Threat’, ‘Doing Business with the Government’, ‘Build Your Marketing Toolkit’, and ‘Cybersecurity in the Digital Age’.

NOVEMBER

DECEMBER 7, 2015

REDSTONE UPDATE Members heard from senior leaders from Redstone Arsenal – highlighting their diverse roles and missions, and share where these commands, organizations, and the installation are headed in the future. Command briefings + luncheon with keynote speaker MG Edward Daly, U.S. Army Materiel Command.

GoodCall : Huntsville is one of Best Metro Areas for Real Estate Agents

Boston Bus. Journal: HSV is #3 City where your money goes the farthest

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economic development The Chamber is the lead economic development organization for Huntsville/Madison County, one of the most dynamic economies in the United States. Through local, state and regional partnerships, we recruit and retain jobs and capital investment, focusing on aerospace, defense, advanced manufacturing, information technology and life sciences.

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Huntsville is one of top metros to “Power the U.S. Economy” – BLOOMBERG BUSINESS, SEPTEMBER 2015

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NEW companies

2,314 jobs $340,262,000

Announced Dream Chaser landing study at Paris Air Show

in capital investment

Economic Growth Index COMBINED EMPLOYMENT, GDP AND WAGES HUNTSVILLE

35%

31%

30%

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existing companies

1,232 jobs $72,832,000 in capital investment

25% 20%

U.S.

15%

15% 10%

ALABAMA

5%

9%

0% 2001

2002

2003

2004

2005

2006

2007

2008

2009

2010

2011

2012

2013

2014

Huntsville ranked the nation’s top engineering city – NERDWALLET, FEBRUARY 2015

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CUMMINGS RESEARCH PARK Cummings Research Park (CRP) is the Nation’s second largest research park with 3,843 acres and 300 companies. We manage, market internally and promote CRP to expand industry and recruit new companies to a vibrant and connected community that fosters ingenuity, creativity and scientific achievements that solve our Nation’s most complex challenges.

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MASTER PLAN PROJECT Coordinated with CRP stakeholders on determining factors crucial to a new comprehensive master plan for the Park. Drafted and led the RFP process for a comprehensive new master plan and market positioning analysis. Selected and began work with a consultant team led by

Held 12 focus groups and one public community input session during the initial stages of the master plan process.

Held a CRP Master Plan Announcement on September 3 at Digium.

New & Expanding Industry in CRP: 8 companies, 605 employees

HudsonAlpha opened the Smith Clinic for Genomic Medicine on its biotech campus in CRP. This clinic is the only clinic in the world to identify and diagnose rare diseases using genomics.

Organized, marketed and held the first-ever Food Truck Fest in CRP with 5 food trucks serving lunch to more than 300 employees that work in the Park. 8


GOVERNMENT & PUBLIC AFFAIRS The Chamber represents the business interests of the Huntsville and Madison County area on the local, state and national levels of government, promoting policies and legislation that allow for the continued economic prosperity of the region. Roughly half of the local economy is a function of federal spending on military, space and homeland security concerns, consequently much of the Chamber’s government and public affairs efforts are focused on the growth and protection of these activities and the Redstone Arsenal. The division also conducts a number of events which are intended to enhance relationships with elected local, State and Federal officials and key federal partners.

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more than

6,500

attended government affairs events

MONTGOMERY, AL TRIP

85 participants = the LARGEST Chamber-State Capitol event in Alabama Supported Aerospace States Association (ASA) “Aerospace Week” and NASA MSFC “Space Day” held in conjunction with the Chamber’s Montgomery Trip

WASHINGTON, D.C. TRIP

175 participants = one of the Top 5 Chamber-DC Trips in the U.S.

A key member of the Coalition that defeated efforts to repeal Alabama College and Career Ready Standards Passed legislation to enhance Alabama’s economic development incentives laws

Supported efforts to develop the Space Launch System – program receives $2 Billion in ’16 funding bill Chamber co-hosted Redstone/Community Partnership Workshop with the Association of Defense Communities 10


WORKFORCE & EDUCATION We are passionate about developing, employing and retaining the smart, talented people we have in our region. Through partnerships with industry, education and public sector stakeholders, we ensure our region has the quantity and quality of talent to meet employer needs and support sustained growth.

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Hosted 100+ public and private sector leaders from seven counties to develop strategies to ensure that North Alabama economic growth has a sustainable talent pipeline.

275 attended this annual event, bringing

30 employers participated in the annual College & Career Fair, reaching 5,000+ high school juniors and seniors from all three public school districts in our community with information about regional careers. Facilitated a $53,000 grant from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation to a local elementary school, the first-ever grant from the Foundation to an individual school.

together our business and education communities to highlight the Pre-K-12 education programs that are preparing students for long-term success in our region. Hired full-time workforce director to lead Chamber’s regional workforce and education initiatives. 12


MEMBERSHIP As the largest chamber in Alabama, the Chamber of Commerce of Huntsville/Madison County relies on a base of highly engaged members-from global corporations to middle-market companies to local entrepreneurs and small businesses-to support the organization’s mission of making Huntsville one of the world’s best places to live, work and build a business. As a champion of the entrepreneurial spirit, the Chamber provides an array of opportunities for small and medium-sized enterprises to participate in programs, events and activities designed to support and encourage growth in their companies as well as their contribution to the economic vitality of the region.

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TOTAL MEMBERSHIP 2015

2,032 2014

2,014

113 AMBASSADORS

2013

2,093 2012

2,151 MEMBERSHIP NEW SALES MEMBER COMPANIES BY SIZE

500

31 EMISSARIES

400 300

101+ employees

200

51-100 employees

100 0

21-50 employees 6-20 employees

1-5 employees

2012

2013

2014

2015

CHAMBERON

Sponsorship Campaign (to sell cash-only sponsorship opportunities)

2015 2014

$874,350 $842,638

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MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONs The Chamber facilitates a strategic and purposeful flow of communication to our highly engaged members and general public. We communicate using a progressive, multi-faceted marketing strategy that includes traditional media, print, digital, and social media. Our strategy was designed to maximize reach to members and non-members, and to expand our sphere of influence in the community and around the globe.

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Madison, Ala. named one of the 10 best small U.S. cities for working parents – THE CHRISTIAN SCIENCE MONITOR, AUGUST 2015

PUBLICATIONS

160,000 READERS – PRINT MAGAZINE

mobile

DIGITAL PUBLICATIONS:

10,479

tablet

TOTAL IMPRESSIONS

desktop

E•MEDIA & SOCIAL MEDIA Reach: 438,993 people

Eblasts: Sent 348 eblasts to Chamber members, reaching more than 70,000 people per month

Engagement: 38,375 people

Average Open Rate: 30% (well above the 25% nonprofit industry average)

Impressions: 111,014

EARNED MEDIA

980,000

5.2 million

GLOBAL CIRCULATION “POWER THE U.S. ECONOMY”

SEPTEMBER 2015

APPROXIMATE VIEWERS DREAM CHASER FEASIBILTY STUDY

AUGUST 2015

Huntsville ranked #1 Best Places for STEM Grads – NERDWALLET, JUNE 2015

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small business & events The Chamber is positioned to offer the knowledge and resources to start, grow, and cultivate small businesses in the region by offering networking and signature events to connect our members. Our goal is to promote the appeal of small businesses providing programs and services that stimulate the professional development and help small businesses prosper. By promoting collaboration with UAH SBDC, we are able to offer free unlimited counseling and small business workshops to aid in the growth of small businesses and a plethora of financial resources for much needed capital to grow and expand their business.

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4 EVENTS = 2,160 ATTENDEES S IG N ATUR E

SIGNATURE EVENTS

Annual Membership Meeting | Best Places to Work® Awards | Chamber Golf Classics | Small Business Awards Celebration

25 EVENTS = 1,150 ATTENDEES NETWORKING

NETWORKING EVENTS

Breakfast & Biz | Business After Hours | Holiday Open House | Ignite | Member Meet Ups SchmoozaPalooza | She.E.O. | Women’s Business Council Forums

55 DEVELOPMENT = 624 ATTENDEES SMALL BIZ & PROFESSIONAL

SMALL BIZ SEMINARS

Chamber U | HR Forum Series | Small Business Training Series | Strategic Innnovations Strategy: A Digital Media Conference

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CHAMBER STAFF EXECUTIVE STAFF Chip Cherry, CCE, president & chief executive officer Amy Locke, executive assistant Amy Tubb, resource desk coordinator Annette Atchley, resource desk assistant GOVERNMENT & PUBLIC AFFAIRS Mike Ward, senior vice president Tina Leopold, assistant MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS Carrie Rice, director Kristi Sherrard, graphic designer Hiroko Sedensky, web designer

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT, INDUSTRY RELATIONS & WORKFORCE Lucia Cape, senior vice president Lyndsay Ferguson, workforce director Erin Koshut, Cummings Research Park director Ken Smith, research & information services director Will West, economic dev. specialist / project manager Emma Williams, industry relations specialist Karessa Acosta Lee, economic development assistant SMALL BUSINESS & EVENTS Pammie Jimmar, director Alexandra Gonzalez, event coordinator

INVESTOR RELATIONS Donna McCrary, membership retention manager Tiffany Jordan, membership representative Tina Blankenship, membership representative Kristy Drake, engagement specialist / program manager FINANCE & ADMINISTRATION Christy Nalley, director Jamie Gallien, IT manager Mary McNairy, accounting specialist & HR Lori Warner, accounting specialist Joe Watson, facilities supervisor

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE Rey AlmodĂłvar, chair

Gary Bolton, vice chair, membership

Intuitive Research & Technology Corporation

ADTRAN, Inc.

Trip Ferguson, chair-appointed Remington Outdoor Company

Rose Allen, chair-elect

Emily Lauder, vice chair, workforce & education

Chairman Dale Strong, chair-appointed

Toyota Motor Manufacturing Alabama, Inc.

Madison County Commission

Booz Allen Hamilton, Inc.

Robert Mayes, immediate past chair Keel Point, LLC

Ron Poteat, chair, Chamber Foundation Regions Bank

Cynthia Streams, secretary/treasurer Domino’s Pizza (Valley Pizza, Inc.)

Joe Newberry, vice chair,

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Tharon Honeycutt, vice chair, small business & events

Mayor Troy Trulock, chair-appointed

MSB Analytics, Inc.

City of Madison

Kim Lewis, vice chair, marketing & communications PROJECTXYZ, Inc.

Danny Windham, chair-appointed

Penny Billings, vice chair, member engagement

Chip Cherry, CCE, president & CEO

BancorpSouth

Chamber of Commerce of Huntsville/Madison County

economic development & industry relations Redstone Federal Credit Union

Mayor Tommy Battle, chair-appointed

Jim Rogers, vice chair, government & public affairs Lockheed Martin Corporation

Mark Curran, chair-appointed L-3 Communications Corporation - Huntsville Operations

City of Huntsville

Digium, Inc.


BOARD OF DIRECTORS Robert Altenkirch

Dorothy Davidson

Jim Owens

University of Alabama in Huntsville

Davidson Technologies, Inc.

FirstBank

Bob Baron

Gene Goldman

Alicia Ryan

Baron Services, Inc.

Aerojet Rocketdyne

LSINC Corporation

Marc Bendickson

Jeff Gronberg

Gurmej Sandhu

Dynetics, Inc.

deciBel Research, Inc.

Sigmatech, Inc.

Miranda Bouldin

Mike Gullion

Charlie Sealy

LogiCore

SCI Technology, Inc., a Sanmina company

Sealy Management Company

Greg Bragg

John Gully

Crystal Shell

Consolidated Construction Company

SAIC

WILL Technology, Inc.

Greg Brown

Jan Hess

E.J. Sinclair

Brown Precision, Inc.

Teledyne Brown Engineering, Inc.

SES - Science and Engineering Services, LLC

Janet Brown

Steve Hill

Ashok Singhal

Belk

AEgis Technologies Group

CFD Research Corporation

Micah Bullard

Dr. Pam Hudson

David Spillers

Turner Construction

Crestwood Medical Center

Huntsville Hospital

Kevin Byrnes

Andrew Hugine, Jr.

Mike Stanfield

Raytheon Company

Alabama A&M University

Ducommun Miltec

Kevin Campbell

Hank Isenberg

Nilmini Thompson

Northrop Grumman Corporation

IronMountain Solutions

Systems Products and Solutions, Inc.

Frank Caprio

Jeremiah Knight

Tim Thornton

Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP

JXC Consulting Group

nLogic, Inc.

Lynn Collyar

Janice Migliore

Ken Tucker

Deloitte LLP

PALCO Telecom Service, Inc.

The Boeing Company

Michael Cox

Johnny Van Osborne

Frank Williams

PARSONS

J. Smith Lanier & Co.

Landers McLarty Dodge Chrysler Jeep

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HUNTSVILLE REGIONAL ECONOMIC GROWTH INITIATIVE

TOP INVESTORS DEVELOPMENT PARTNER

City of Huntsville

DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL

Huntsville Utilities

CHAIRMAN’S COUNCIL

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For a complete, updated Investor list, go to

bit.ly/HREGI

Toyota Motor Manufacturing Alabama, Inc.

PRESIDENT’S CIRCLE

Huntsville Hospital • Madison County Commission Regions Bank • Tennessee Valley Authority

LEADERSHIP FORUM

ADTRAN, Inc. • The Boeing Company • City of Madison • Emerson Network Power - Avocent Port of Huntsville • Redstone Federal Credit Union • Remington Outdoor Company

EXECUTIVE COUNCIL

BBVA Compass • Crestwood Medical Center • Lockheed Martin Corporation • SAIC SES - Science and Engineering Services, LLC • Technicolor


Huntsville received Standard & Poor’s best possible “AAA” credit rating for the seventh consecutive year. (March 2015)

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