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Satellite exec joins Camgian senior management

A satellite executive with more than 20 years of experience will join the of Camgian Microsystems Corp. staff and work from the company’s newly-established Washington, D.C. office, officials said.
Starkville-based Camgian — a provider of advanced electronic systems and semiconductor technologies — welcomes former ORBCOMM executive Zvi Huber as general manager of Machine to Machine Markets.
Huber, who has experience in guiding high growth technology companies to market leadership, has held executive positions with ORBCOMM, Vistar Datacom, NSI Global, Lutron Electronics and Stellar Satellite Communications, Camgian officials said in a statement.
Before joining Camgian, he secured a multi-year development and production contract with Delphi Electronics and signed one of the largest contracts ever executed in the M2M transportation market.
He brings with him significant management experience in multiple disciplines and deep knowledge of the wireless packet data industry.
“We are excited to welcome Zvi to Camgian’s senior management team,” said Dr. Gary D. Butler, president and CEO.
“Zvi’s wealth of knowledge in the wireless industry, combined with our new presence in the DC area, will significantly strengthen our ability to grow our M2M networking business.”
In his new role, Huber is responsible for leading Camgian’s M2M solutions business for both the federal and commercial sectors and will operate from Camgian’s new Washington, D.C. office.
“I’m very pleased to be joining Camgian at a time of promising future growth,” said Zvi Huber.
“Camgian has a broad array of exciting new technologies that I’m looking forward to introducing into the M2M marketplace. Camgian’s business vision and proven success in the government sector will be a great asset when launching our M2M initiatives.”

Cochran: $1.75 M going to improve lake route in Winston Co.

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Federal Highway Administration has approved the release of $1.75 million to Winston County to support improvements to 3.1 miles of the Choctaw Lake-Bluff Lake Route, U.S. Senator Thad Cochran announced Tuesday.
Cochran, vice chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, secured the funding as part of the FY2010 appropriations process to improve access and safety for residents and visitors to the region, which includes the Tombigbee National Forest and Noxubee National Wildlife Refuge.
“Winston County officials are implementing a plan to improve this stretch of Bluff Lake Road in order to better serve public, tourist and business traffic in this area. I am pleased the Federal Highway Administration has approved and supplemented the federal funding for this work,” Cochran said.
At the request of the Winston County Board of Supervisors, Cochran worked to secure $1.5 million for the Choctaw Lake-Bluff Lake Route project. The FHWA added $250,000 to that award.
The project will entail rehabilitating a three-mile stretch of Bluff Lake Road from Highway 25 east to Betheden Road.
In addition to serving residents and tourists, the road provides access for federal employees to the national forest and wildlife refuge.  The project is also intended to make the roadway suitable for commercial timber truck traffic that now uses Louisville and county roads to reach timber processors.