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Former Tullahoma Mayor Cope named to Trade Advisory Group

Posted on Tuesday, July 17, 2012 at 12:00 pm

Steve Cope, vice president of the for Arnold Community Council (ACC) and director of business development and marketing for Avion Solutions, Inc. in Huntsville, was recently selected for membership in the U.S. State Department’s Defense Trade Advisory Group (DTAG).

Steve Cope

Steve Cope

“This is not only an honor for Steve and a testament to his defense industry business background, but it provides a voice for us (ACC and AEDC),” said ACC president Temple Bowling.

“The Arnold Community Council wanted to nominate someone for membership on DTAG because we believed it would benefit AEDC by attracting business that is presently going overseas,” he said.

DTAG is tasked with providing counsel to the Bureau of Political-Military Affairs. The bureau oversees a variety of issues including defense trade, technology transfer and commercial arms sales. The goal is to protect national security without creating an unnecessary burden on those trying to do legitimate business, both within the U.S. and outside with friends and allies.

Members of DTAG are a representative cross-section of the U.S. defense industry, association, academic and foundation personnel, including technical and military experts.

“It is indeed an honor for me to be appointed by the assistant secretary of state to serve in this capacity,” said Cope. “As I look over the titles and positions of others that serve in this capacity, I can’t help but wonder how I was selected.

“This is an excellent opportunity to participate in and make recommendations to policy issues before they become law — that’s exciting. Serving for two years as the chairman of the ACC Legislative Affairs Committee prior to becoming the vice president, we sought ways to bring more testing and missions to Arnold Air Force Base.

The Arnold Community Council was formed in 2000 to promote and support AEDC.