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Alicia Durham Joins Commonwealth Center for Advanced Manufacturing to Support Recruitment, Policy and Administrative Activities

RICHMOND, VA., September 6, 2011 – The Commonwealth Center for Advanced Technology (CCAM) is pleased to announce that Alicia Durham has joined the organization as the Manager of Administration. Durham will be responsible for coordinating and developing policies and procedures for the organization, managing member and vendor relationships, planning events, updating the website and bookkeeping.

Before joining CCAM, Durham served as the Assistant Executive Director for RichTech, Central Virginia’s premier technology association. While at RichTech, she implemented a new strategic plan, which included a new brand and membership structure. In addition, she was responsible for marketing, event management and communications, as well as budget management. Prior to working for RichTech, Durham worked with Preferred Management and the Beacon Group.

“Alicia has strong leadership and organizational skills, and a solid financial background,” said David Lohr, President and Executive Director for CCAM. “She is a proven team player with an incredible ability to adapt to changing needs and priorities. We’re lucky to have her, and we look forward to leveraging her experience as our organization continues to grow.”

CCAM brings together best-in-class manufacturers and Virginia’s top higher education institutions – University of Virginia, Virginia Tech and Virginia State University – to collaborate and deliver new “production-ready” solutions to factories. The facility, which is currently under construction, is located near Petersburg, Va., and is expected to open in 2012.

About the Commonwealth Center for Advanced Manufacturing

CCAM is a research-based collaboration between the University of Virginia, Virginia Tech, Virginia State University and manufacturing companies worldwide. Manufacturers join CCAM as members and guide research with university faculty in two focus areas: surface engineering and manufacturing systems. CCAM is building a 60,000 square-foot, state-of-the-art research facility near Petersburg, Virginia, adjacent to Rolls-Royce’s jet engine components plant. For more information, visit

Contact: Christian Munson CRT/tanaka for CCAM (804) 675-8151

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