AL Joins Automotive Technology Innovation Effort

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The state of Alabama has joined an alliance of Southern states working to bolster the region's effort to develop technology in the automotive manufacturing industry.

The state has joined the Automotive Accelerator Alliance, which already includes Tennessee, South Carolina, Georgia and Mississippi. The accelerator aims to run a 13-week program to identify and commercialize technology that can be used in the automotive manufacturing industry. The first accelerator will begin May 13 in Spring Hill, Tenn. and will end Aug. 8 with pitch presentations to investors.

Participants are set to travel to accelerator alliance states during the program and will spend time at Clemson University's International Center for Automotive Research, Mississippi State's Center for Advanced Vehicular Research, and the University of Alabama.

Applications are being accepted online.

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