Post-Alcoa potential topic for Monday meeting
Post-Alcoa potential will drive the discussion as the Regional Economic Revitalization and Utilization Planning Council (Rev-Up) makes a strategy presentation from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at the Patterson Center.
The seven county organization has been compiling information in a federally-funded study on how the region might cope with the closing of Alcoa’s Rockdale Operations in 2008- 09.
Results of that study will be presented Monday.
The study, which is available online at http://www.rev-upcouncil.org/, identified four possible uses for Alcoa’s Rockdale Operations:
• Military training facility.
• Inland port (facility on a lake or river with some functions of a deep-water port).
• Texas Engineering Extension Service “Disaster City” training facility.
• Site for energy projects.
JOBS—The sur vey found 3,735 persons live and work in Milam County with 400 commuting to Williamson County, 333 to Bell County and others to several counties.
It lists opportunities in renewable energy at the forefront in upcoming years, noting Texas is striving to add 5,880 megawatts in renewable energy sources by 2015, including 500 megawatts from “non-wind” sources.
Agriculture opportunities could include Texas A&M’s “Crops to Wheels” program and initiatives to better understand biofuel opportunities.
Also listed under agriculture opportunites is the “value added processing” concept, which might include soybeans, oils and speciality foods.
HEALTHCARE—The survey listed healthcare as the fifth largest job sector in Milam County. (See editorial page 5A).