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    Financial Times was one of dozens of media outlets announcing EADS North America would enter the $35 billion U.S. Air Force competition as the prime contractor. EADS, if successful, will build its refueling tankers to replenish the U.S. Air Force's aging fleet in Mobile.
     
    April 21, 2010
    EADS to Make Solo Bid for U.S. Tanker Contract
    Financial Times.com


    Ranked among the 200 largest metropolitan statistical areas, Mobile landed at No. 62 in Forbes’ annual Best Places for Business and Careers list. Both projected economic growth and projected job growth categories earned the No. 5 rank. In the cost of doing business category, Mobile ranked No. 35.

    April 13, 2010
    Best Places for Business and Careers
    Forbes.com


    ThyssenKrupp earned the lead paragraph in a story published in the March 13-17 issue of The Economist, a weekly international news and business publication with a circulation of more than 1 million. The feature on Alabama's economy also highlighted Mobile's No. 12 ranking by Moody's Economy.com for job growth.

    March, 2010
    Alabama's Small Cities are Poised for Recovery
    The Economist

    In its Building Up America series, CNN featured Mobile, Ala., Horizon Shipbuilding's effort to win international customers, and the state's international trade efforts. March 18, 2010
    Building Up America
    CNN


    Mobile is ranked near the top nationally in showing strong progress toward recovering from the nationwide recession, according to a November 2009 report from Moody's Economy.com. In the category of expected employment growth, Mobile ranked fourth out of 387 metro areas across the United States.

    November, 2009
    Alabama Cities Get Top Ranking in Economic Report
    Moody's Economy.com





    As economists are declaring an end to the recession, BusinessWeek teamed up with Moody's Economy.com to identify top performing metro areas for first quarter job growth in 2010. Mobile ranked No. 13 out of 25.

    November, 2009
    America's 25 Next Recovering Job Markets
    BusinessWeek



    November 19, 2009
    Mobile, Ala., forecast at No. 13 for job growth next spring
    Al.Com


    A new article in The New York Times highlights investments made in downtown Mobile by David Bronner, chief executive of the Retirement Systems of Alabama. The article starts out with Mobile's ability to prove it was worthy of Bronner's plans -- and when the citizens of voted yes for the education referendum in 2003, it was the proof he needed. Now six years later Mobile has a renovated Battle House and RSA's Battle House Tower, one of the tallest office towers along the Gulf Coast, a new cruise port, and plans for the AmSouth landmark office building.
    October 28, 2009
    Alabama Pension Fund Plows Millions Into Property in Its Own Backyard
    The New York Times


    Alabama Seaport magazine explores the recently formed Oil & Gas Task Force, led by the Mobile Area Chamber. The entity, made up of 25 companies, formed in August 2008. Current chairman, Paul Dieffenthaller, head of ExxonMobil's operations, said, "This group has enabled us for the first time to collectively define the strengths that position Mobile to favorable compete with other communities along the Gulf Coast in this business sector."
    September 2009
    Offshore Alabama Brings Collaboration of Alabama's Oil & Gas Industry Leaders
    Alabama Seaport


    Top Cities for Recession Recovery o
    This summer, Forbes.com listed Mobile as one of the 10 Best Cities for Recession Recovery for medium-sized cities. Forbes used projected gross domestic product date from Moody's Economy.com, an independent provider of economic analysis, unemployment figures from the Bureau of Labor Statistics and the National Association of Home Builders' home prices, incomes and affordability statistics.
    June, 2009
    10 Best Cities for Recession Recovery close up version
    Forbes.com


    Cost Effective
    fDi named Mobile among its Top 5 Best Cost Effectiveness for Small Cities. The magazine is published by London-based Financial Time. Magazine editors believe this year’s winners embody what it takes to compete in an intense competition for foreign direct investment projects.
    April/May 2009
    North American Small Cities of the Future
    fDi




    Among the Best Cities for Jobs
    Mobile came in at no. 10 on Forbes.com Top 10 Best Mid-Sized Cities for Jobs, citing job growth in the city’s natural resources, mining, construction and transportation sectors.
    April, 2009
    Best Mid-Sized Cities for Jobs close up version
    Forbes.com


    The July 30 edition of The Economist features Mobile’s optimism about its economic future. The article cites the area’s recent successes as the foundation for its “sunny outlook despite the current economic woe,” specifically naming Austal’s growth, activity at ThyssenKrupp and the port’s container terminal. The author also mentions recent accolades by Moodys.com and Forbes.com, as well as the city’s position to reconnect with Cuba.
    July 30, 2009
    Let’s Have a Party
    The Economist


    Reporting from Mobile
    A May article, Alabama on Cuba: Tear down this embargo, in the LA Times featured Jimmy Lyons with the Alabama Port Authority and the impact reviving a trading policy with Cuba would have on Alabama.
    May 7, 2009
    Read the complete story
    Los Angeles Times


    Reporting from Mobile
    GlobeSt.com, a real estate on-line publication, featured the Port of Mobile and Alabama Port Authority, quoting Director Jimmy Lyons. Lyons told reporter Amy Wolff Sorter, while activity is down, he believes it is temporary and there are positive signs. “We’ve seen increases in the container side, ant that’s spurred other activity.”
    May 3, 2009
    Gulf Coast Ports Show Strength
    GlobeSt.com


    Destination – Alabama
    The May issue of Meetings and Conventions featured Mobile’s convention center renovations, the upgraded cruise ship coming this Fall, the infamous Robert Trent Golf Trail and the Battle House Spa.
    May 2009
    Read complete article
    Meetings & Conventions


    Bright Spot
    A story in the Wall Street Journal Tuesday, March 31, listed Mobile, Ala., as one of 10 metropolitan areas where consumer loan balances grew the most in the fourth quarter. According to the article, Many Smaller Cities Dodge Crunch in Consumer Lending, consumer-lending activity is a key to riding out the recession compared to larger metro areas and rural areas.
    March 2009
    Many Smaller Cities Dodge Crunch in Consumer Lending
    The Wall Street Journal/Business


    Baldwin and Mobile counties were amount the 10 fastest-growing counties in Alabama last year, according to the data tat will be released today by the U.S. Census Bureau.
    March 19, 2009
    Mobile, Baldwin counties among state's fastest-growing
    Press-Register


    Mobile's reputation for aviation is climbing. The city was recognized in a special Southern Business & Development Bonus Edition 101 Great Locations in the South for Aviation & Aerospace.

    Mobile Area Chamber of Commerce featured in the Site Selection Magazine
    Aggressively targeting the robust market for high-end steel, SSAB is mounting a $460-million expansion in Alabama. In the process, the Swedish company's first big U.S. move since its $7.7-billion IPSCO acquisition further broadens 'Bama's burgeoning concentration of steel-making operations.
    November 2008
    Roll, Steel, Roll
    The Site Selection

    Mobile Area Chamber of Commerce featured in Business Alabama  Magazine
    Read a play-by-play recap of how Mobile won the largest nongovernment economic development project in U.S. history – ThyssenKrupp
    July 2008
    How We Won The Big One
    Business Alabama

    Mobile Area Chamber of Commerce featured in the Economists Magazine
    Mobile serves as an example of American cities wooing foreign investment.
    July 2008
    Foreign Investment - Love me, love me not.
    The Economists


    Mobile's economy continues to expand, earning a number of significant economic development projects with team effort
    June/July 2008
    Bay City Boom
    Thicket

    Mobile Area Chamber of Commerce featured in the Southern Business & Development Magazine
    For its 15th anniversary Southern Business & Development created a series of best places list. Mobile earned the lucky number 7 spot on the mid markets list.
    2008
    250 Best Places in the South to Locate Your Company - Mid Markets
    Southern Business & Development


    ThyssenKrupp ranked no. 2 on the top 100 projects for jobs and earns Alabama first place in the Hot Market state summary, and Mobile named Top Mid Market of the Year
    Spring 2008
    Job 100
    Southern Business & Development

    Trade & Industry - Alabama's Coastal Gateway to Opportunity
    CiCi stands for corporate investment and community impact. ThyssenKrupp leads the investment list with $3.7 billion. Plus the magazine features a look at Coastal Alabama and its new nickname – Aviation Triangle.
    March/April 2008
    CiCi Awards: Corporate Investment Alabama's Coastal Gateway to Opportunity Trade & Industry Development


    ThyssenKrupp USA named top project by capital investment and by the number of jobs created.
    This issue also features Austal's expansion
    March 2008
    Top Industries of 2007 - Sticker Shock?
    Modular Logic - Mobile is just one outpost of a worldwide boom in shipbuilding and railcar manufacturing
    Site Selection


    A city on the water – Mobile is a historic tourism destination, and even boaters are making note of the area's economic development mega project – ThyssenKrupp
    Water, water, Everywhere: Much to do in Mobile
    March 2008
    Heartland Boating

    Aviation Week - Northrop Grumman/EADS tanker win
    A look at the initial news that Northrop Grumman won the U.S. Air Force refueling tanker project. Since then, Boeing officially protested the award and the project is expected to be re-awarded by year end.
    March 2008
    Unseated! Northrop Grumman/EADS tanker win has Boeing defense business scrambling
    Aviation Week


    Mobile is courting (successfully) the aerospace industry - lately wooing Airbus' parent company, the European Aeronautic Defense and Space Co., which has promised to build commercial airplanes and military tankers in the Gulf Coast city. Other heavy industries (steel, auto makers, etc.) are finding
    March 11, 2008
    In Mobile, aerospace is just part of a bolder vision of global commerce

    SeattlePI.com

    Forbes.com
    Australian shipbuilder Austal set up its U.S. operations in Mobile in 1999, and ever since, the metro area has bloomed as a manufacturing center.
    January 30, 2008
    America's Fastest-Growing Metros
    Forbes.com


    US Industry Today
    Many changes taking place on Mobile's Economic Landscape.
    Volume 10 * Issue 4 October 2007
    Mobile Bay: On The Water; On The Move
    US Industry Today

    Business Facilities Magazine
    Alabama’s Economic Incentives lead to one of the largest developments in state history—a German steel manufacturer’s $3.7 billion plant.
    June 2007
    Steel Heart of Dixie
    Business Facilities, The Location Advisors

    50 Hottest Cities
    Expansion Management named Mobile on its annual list of “America’s Hottest Cities,” coming in at no. 27.
    February 2007
    America’s Hottest Cities
    Expansion Management

    Entrepreneur Magazine
    Entrepreneur.com listed Mobile first on its annual list of “Hot Cities For Entrepreneurs,” under the mid-sized cities category.
    2006
    Hot Cities For Entrepreneurs
    Entrepreneur.com

    CPN Magazine
    Commercial Property News mentions Mobile’s changing downtown, including $282 million of planned development.
    April 2007
    Regional Roundup – Mobile Moves On Up
    Commercial Property News

    Financial Times
    In an article anticipating container traffic to double over the next 15 years, the author mentions the Port of Mobile’s new container terminal.
    March 27 2007
    US Ports Ready For A Cargo Surge
    Financial Times

    Xpansion Magazine
    Business Xpansion Journal highlights how the Port of Mobile is responding to the evolving Alabama economy, and describes the nearly $400 million of upgrades at the Port of Mobile.
    February 2007
    Maritime On A Mission
    Business Xpansion Journal

    Southern Business & Development Magazine
    Southern Business & Development Mobile Top 10 Southern Mid-Markets with Highly-Diverse Economies.
    Winter 2006
    Top 10 Southern Mid-Markets with Highly-Diverse Economies.
    Southern Business & Development

    Parade Magazine
    Parade evaluates school systems around the country, featuring the Mobile Area Education Foundation and the involvement of business leaders.
    May 10, 2006
    Good Schools Can Happen
    Parade Magazine

    The Wall Street Journal
    The Wall Street Journal took a look at the role Mobile is playing in the recovery of areas damaged when Hurricane Katrina hit the Central Gulf Coast in 2005. The area’s major new investors, projects and businesses were included.
    August 23 2006
    Ill Winds of ’05 Blew Some Good To Mobile, Ala.
    The Wall Street Journal

    Site Selection Magazine
    Site Selection
    recognized the Mobile Area Chamber of Commerce as one of its Top Economic Development Groups. The issue also sites EADS as one of its Top 10 North American deals in 2005.
    May 2006
    Top Economic Development Groups
    Site Selection



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