Top Headlines: Former Huntsville CEO now leading Florida utility, NASA names new U.S. Space & Rocket Center Director

Former Huntsville CEO now leading Florida utility
Jay Stowe, former CEO of Huntsville Utilities, has been named CEO of JEA, a utility company in Jacksonville, Florida. Stowe, who has more than 25 years of experience in the industry, also was senior vice president of Distributed Energy Resources for the Tennessee Valley Authority.  – Alabama Today

First entrepreneurship student graduates from UAB
Matt Graben has become the first entrepreneurship graduate of the University of Alabama at Birmingham’s Collat School of Business. Graben, the former creative director of Seeds Coffee Co., a Birmingham coffee shop and roaster, now is building Co-Trade Imports, a coffee importing company focusing on fair and equitable partnerships between coffee producers and roasters. — UAB

NASA names new U.S. Space and Rocket Center director
Kimberly Robinson, a 31-year of NASA and currently NASA’s utilization manager for advanced exploration systems, will be the new director of the U.S. Space and Rocket Center. Robinson will begin her new duties in February, replacing Deborah Barnhart, who resigned a year ago.  – WHNT 19 

Kimberly Robinson, NASA.

Commerce supports Birmingham’s Global Forum for Freedom and Justice
The U.S. Department of Commerce has awarded a $2.9 million grant to the Global Forum for Freedom and Justice in Washington to develop a feasibility study to determine a location for the Global Forum for Freedom and Justice in Birmingham. The new center will “provide an international 21st century gathering place focused on leadership, education, innovation and understanding built at the birthplace of the civil rights movement,” Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said. – U.S. Economic Development Administration

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