The Weekly Wrap – July 21, 2023

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Tax Free Weekend

With the start of school just around the corner, the state of Alabama’s tax-free weekend is back. Friday, June 21st- Sunday, June 23rd most back-to-school items, including school supplies, clothes, computers, and books will be exempt from Alabama’s state tax, as well as any local taxes in participating counties

Business & Economy

Ranking: While Huntsville is ranked the No. 2 place to live in the United States, Alabama was ranked the fourth worst state to live and work in, according to a survey by CNBC.

Read More: July, 19 2023

Expansion: Kömmerling USA, located in Chase Industrial Park in Huntsville, announced an expansion and additional jobs for the local facility. The plant will add two new production lines to manufacture window and door profiles. 

Read More: HBJ July, 18 2023

Acquisition: UES, a national engineering and consulting company, acquired GEO Solutions, a full-service geotechnical engineering, environmental consulting, and materials testing company headquartered in Huntsville

Read More: HBJ  July, 17 2023


Redistricting: The Alabama House and Senate advanced different congressional maps on the third day of a five-day special session to redraw the state’s congressional lines.

Read More: WHNT July 19, 2023

NASA: NASA’s proposed 2024 budget of $27 million has advanced in Congress with money for NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, the Space Launch System rocket, and the likely space propellant of the future.

Read More: July 18, 2023

TARCOG: The Top of Alabama Regional Council of Governments (TARCOG) will relocate its offices at MidCity District as part of a land swap with the City of Huntsville to provide more parking at the Orion Amphitheater.

Read More: City of HSV July 14, 2023


Awarded: Huntsville Hospital has received the American Heart Association’s 2023 Get With The Guidelines–Stroke Gold Plus quality achievement award for its commitment to ensuring that stroke patients receive the most appropriate treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines. 

Read More: HBJ July 17, 2023

Breakthrough: A recent search by HudsonAlpha Center for Biotechnology scientists has yielded the discovery of a gene that holds the potential to reverse chemoresistance in pancreatic cancer. 

Read More: HBJ July 17, 2023


Internship: Students from Germany, South Africa, and the United States are in the Rocket City participating in the International Space Weather Camp internship at the University of Alabama in Huntsville.  

Read More: WHNT July 19, 2023

Culture & Entertainment

Fun on Ice: Broomball and BREWball events return to Huntsville Ice Sports Center.

Read More: WHNT July 20, 2023

Gifted: Nancy Jones, the widow of legendary country artist George Jones, alongside other groups, presented a check for more than $80,000 to Huntsville Police.

Read More: WHNT July 19, 2023

Non-Profit: North Alabama CEOs get soaked for ALS awareness.

Read More: WHNT July 19, 2023


Jody Singer, NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center Director, announced her retirement, effective Saturday, July 29, after more than 38 years of service.

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