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 19, 2009
Mobile, Ala., forecast at
No. 13 for job growth next spring
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."
Offshore Alabama Brings Collaboration
of Alabama's Oil & Gas Industry Leaders
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
10 Best Cities for Recession Recovery
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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.
North American Small Cities
of the Future
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.
Cities for Jobs
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
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
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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
Coast Ports Show Strength
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.
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Meetings & Conventions
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.
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
counties among state's fastest-growing
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.
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.
Roll, Steel, Roll
The Site Selection
Read a play-by-play recap of how Mobile won the largest nongovernment economic
development project in U.S. history – ThyssenKrupp
How We Won The Big One
Mobile serves as an example of American cities wooing foreign investment.
Foreign Investment - Love me, love me not.
Mobile's economy continues to expand, earning a number of significant economic
development projects with team effort
Bay City Boom
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.
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
Southern Business & Development
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.
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
This issue also features Austal's expansion
Top Industries of 2007 - Sticker Shock?
Modular Logic - Mobile is just one outpost of a worldwide boom in shipbuilding
and railcar manufacturing
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
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.
Unseated! Northrop Grumman/EADS tanker win has Boeing defense business
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
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
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
Alabama’s Economic Incentives lead to one of the largest developments in state
history—a German steel manufacturer’s $3.7 billion plant.
Steel Heart of Dixie
Business Facilities, The Location Advisors
Expansion Management named Mobile on its annual list of “America’s Hottest
Cities,” coming in at no. 27.
America’s Hottest Cities
Entrepreneur.com listed Mobile first on its annual list of “Hot Cities For
Entrepreneurs,” under the mid-sized cities category.
Hot Cities For Entrepreneurs
Commercial Property News mentions Mobile’s changing downtown, including $282
million of planned development.
Regional Roundup – Mobile Moves On Up
Commercial Property News
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
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.
Maritime On A Mission
Business Xpansion Journal
Southern Business & Development Mobile Top 10 Southern Mid-Markets with
Top 10 Southern Mid-Markets with Highly-Diverse Economies.
Southern Business & Development
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
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 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.
Top Economic Development Groups