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This is the 2008 State of the City publication produced by the City of Mobile. It gives an overview of the events and accomplishments in the City of Mobile over the year of 2008. The theme for this year's event was "Linking Service to Citizens."Printing services were done by Gwin's Commercial Printing and Engraving (251) 438-2226.

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2009
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Linking Service to citizenS

STATE of the CITY

Opportunities can be found in many places, shaped miraculously in the smallest, largest, and even irregular containers. For Mobile’s newest residents in Theodore and Windmill communities, opportunity came on Tuesday, October 7, 2008 when they voted to become a part of one of the nation’s fastest growing cities, opening up opportunities to stellar police and fire protection, weekly garbage collection, Mobile 311, and access to other quality municipal services. Beautifully tucked along Hillcrest Road is an opportunity of a lifetime for senior citizens throughout Mobile County. With a façade that extends a hearty welcome to the area’s aging population is the new Mobile Regional Senior Community Center, hailed as one of a kind with state-of-the-art aquatic accommodations, exercise equipment, an inviting billiard room, culinary delights and a computer facility that aids senior citizens’ expanding knowledge of technology. For the parents of a three-month-old child living in Mobile’s police jurisdiction, their opportunity came on the evening of November 28, 2008 in a life or death situation. Their child was choking and it would take a while for medical assistance to reach their doorsteps. With one panic telephone call to Mobile 911, they reached a qualified Mobile Fire-Rescue Public Safety dispatcher, Sonnette Buzbee, who masterfully walked the father through CPR instructions, an action that saved the child’s life. Their opportunity was in Mobile, a city outside their home’s boundary.

STATE of the CITY

Opportunity - A Year’s Look
Mobile Terrace residents made history two years ago when they became residents of the city, but their opportunity became a reality the moment the husky sounds of city garbage trucks could be heard blazing a regular route through their westward neighborhood. Their opportunity was further heightened by the $3 million earmarked to pave every dirt road in the newly annexed area. Some have said Mobile is the “City That Never Sleeps” because late night train whistles keep hotel guests and residents awake. On November 20, 2008, city leaders reached an agreement with CSX Transportation and seized the opportunity to create a Quiet Zone in downtown. Locomotives traveling through downtown will not blow their horns when approaching the intersections of Adams, St. Anthony, Dauphin, Government, Monroe, and Eslava streets. Who would have thought an opportunity could be found on a two-way street? If getting in and out of downtown Mobile was cumbersome, you would welcome a two-way thoroughfare. Folks visiting downtown now have the opportunity to travel two ways along Royal, St. Louis and a portion of Spring Hill Avenue at Broad Street, and Dauphin/Royal streets to Water Street.

If you live in one of Mobile’s flood-prone areas, access to timely and pertinent information on threatening weather conditions is an opportunity you would welcome as part of your family’s preparation plans. Though used repeatedly, Mayor Sam Jones, Mobile County Emergency Management officials and the Mobile County Commission got the opportunity last year during Hurricane Gustav to make an electronic alert notification system a reality when they reached thousands of households using Connect-CTY, electronic telephone messages that can reach Mobile households in a matter of minutes. In an effort to keep you informed, we strongly urge you and your family to log onto www.cityofmobile.org and post your cell phone numbers and email addresses on our CONNECT-CTY alerting system. If you do not have access to the internet, call Mobile 311 to provide those numbers. This is our way of keeping you informed and safe. Opportunities to keep our city safe come in a variety of ways. After noticing a litter ordinance violation, November’s Officer of the Month, Johnny Thornton, pulled a car over and ended up finding several controlled substances, leading to an arrest. All of it started when the suspect threw a piece of trash out of his car window. Dreams only happen when you take the opportunity to make them come true. Mobile’s dream for planned growth was developed last year with hundreds of citizens participating in the process, which is dubbed “The New Plan for Mobile.” The plan

encompasses a ten-mile radius that includes the downtown waterfront to Houston Street in midtown; to the south ending at Arlington Street; and areas along Three Mile Creek. A revamped Mobile Civic Center, a medical research corridor and a boat slip near Dauphin Street for dinner cruises are all part of the new plan. The “New Plan For Mobile” mission includes the following: visions of the future; ability to grow and expand; enhancements as the economic engine to the region; sustainable communities; connections to worldwide opportunities and attractions; economic development; high quality infrastructure; business friendly; viable neighborhoods and quality public services. Drainage is an issue that many historic cities grapple with everyday. However, last year Mobile officials completed the first phase of the Southern Drain Project, an initiative to relieve flooding from Virginia Street toward Broad Street. Though several other phases of the project will be needed, city officials are hopeful the first phase will be a welcome relief for residents in the neighboring area. Mobile is a beautiful historic city with countless potential that has been strengthened through a cooperative bond with other government entities, community agencies and business allies. Despite a downward turn in the economy, Mobile continues its commitment to build alliances that will link service with citizens.

CitiSmart - The Accountability Link Between Citizens and Service
Mobile CitiSmart continues to serve as the accountability tool for city government. Every city department appears before the CitiSmart executive panel to review performance and to work together for more efficient and effective city service. Here are some success stories that originated from CitiSmart’s 127 Department Briefs in 2008:

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Reduction in overtime Collected $418,000 through electronic payments in Municipal Court Lowered fuel consumption Answered more citizen’s calls

Results of CitiSmart in 2008

Here’s How it Works:

A citizen requests a municipal service to Mobile 311.

311 forwards service request to appropriate City department.

Department responds to service request within 72 hours.

Mobile CitiSmart tracks data from response times as well as overtime costs and other expenses to measure the efficiency and effectiveness of city services.

Mobile’s
REvEnuE SOuRCE

As the recession worsens, cities throughout the nation are faced with dwindling revenues, lay-offs, reductions in municipal services and spending freezes. Through a conservative financial projection and long-range planning, Mobile officials have managed to weather the downward turn in the economy by: • • Reducing spending; Reducing overtime.
CPI (Consumer Price Index)

The watchful eye on spending in Mobile has resulted in: • • • No employee lay-offs; No freeze in hiring; No reduction in municipal services.

District One Councilman Fred Richardson

The neighborhoods that make up District One are diverse: from Trinity Gardens in the north, to Midtown on the south, and into west Mobile along Moffett Road. That’s why Councilman Fred Richardson goes beat-by-beat, street-by-street, and house-by-house to connect with citizens. Councilman Richardson has become well-known for bringing City Hall to the people. Department Heads regularly attend the meetings to keep citizens up to date with city government. On December 31, 2008, Councilman Richardson’s dream of having a giant MoonPie rise above the city skyline came true as thousands turned out for the MoonPie Over Mobile New Year’s Eve Celebration. The event was highlighted by the world’s largest MoonPie, weighing in at 55 lbs, containing 4,500 calories and stretching four feet across the table. At the stroke of midnight, a giant electronic MoonPie rose to 200 feet to greet the new year.

District Two Councilman William Carroll

Councilman Carroll tours District Two

Police Chief Phillip Garrett and Carroll at the opening of Airbus Engineering Center.

The soul of District Two is the downtown area which is surrounded by some of the city’s most prestigious historic neighborhoods — De Tonti Square, Church Street East, Leinkauf, Lower Dauphin, Oakleigh Gardens, Old Dauphin Way, and the Campground in the Martin Luther King area. “The transformation of downtown has been the crown jewel which has helped our city become one of the most progressive cities in the country,” Carroll said, as he toured the district in preparation for the city’s New Plan for Mobile. With the restoration of the Battle House hotel, along with the construction of the RSA Towers and an array of hotels, most recently the Hampton Inn, the district is bustling. A thumbs throw from downtown lies the Down-the-Bay neighborhood and Plateau community, which is undergoing such revitalization projects as Hope 6 in the city’s public housing developments. Carroll, a staunch advocate of structural restoration, recently championed Mobile’s first Land Bank, an initiative that will address rundown structures throughout the city. Be it the talent of countless youngsters which make up the James Seals and Sullivan community bands, a new roof on the Springhill Avenue Recreational Center or the major drainage project in Macy Place, District Two continues to grow with a mixture of amenities.

Downtown Mobile Skyline

District Three Councilman Clinton Johnson

“A community pioneer who loves her community and has a zest to leave her community better than she found it,” were the words recently uttered by District Three City Councilman Clinton Johnson in describing longtime Oakdale community leader Bernice Hudson. Surrounded by residents of the Oakdale area and Hudson’s supporters, Johnson sponsored a measure to rename Easton Street to “Bernice Hudson Drive.” It is through the dedication of citizens like Mrs. Hudson, in partnership with city leaders, that District Three has become one of the city’s most sought after areas for industrial development at the Brookley Complex. In addition, the spirit of the district will soon come to life with the construction of a new homeless shelter for women and children, which was destroyed by Hurricane Katrina. Johnson praised the community recently for their willingness to allow the shelter to be reconstructed in the area. “Their kindness speaks volume to the character of the community,” he said. “Now that is true service to the community.”

Councilman Clinton Johnson

District Four Councilman John Williams
“The great thing in this world is not so much where we are, but in what direction we are moving,” Oliver Wendell Holmes. The parks and infrastructure improvements are the benchmarks Councilman John Williams has highlighted in his southern Mobile district. With the addition of the Theodore/Tillman’s Corner area, District Four is slated to get a state-of-theart neighborhood park in early 2010. Some of the parks in Williams’ district with planned improvements include the scenic Maitre, Mims, McNally and Trimmier. Thanks to a Safe Routes for Schools grant and Williams, the school children at Dodge and Kate Shepard elementary schools will be getting sidewalks.

“It is vital that citizens have clean and quality recreational facilities,” Williams said.

Councilman John Williams

District Five Councilman Reggie Copeland
Mobile has become a premier destination for sports lovers throughout the Southeast. It’s an opportunity made possible by the efforts of President Reggie Copeland and the Mobile City Council. As the namesake of the Copeland-Cox Tennis Center, which hosts 23 tournaments and has an economic impact of $23 million each year, Mr. Copeland has been instrumental in making Mobile the sporting capital of the Gulf Coast. Ladd-Peebles Stadium, undergoing millions of dollars in renovations including an expanded playing field, will soon be the home of the new University of South Alabama football team. The GMAC Bowl and Senior Bowl displayed some of the most talented college football players in America. Other sporting highlights include the Mobile BayBears, an affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks, the Azalea Trail 10K Run which brings some of the world’s best athletes to downtown Mobile, and the Bell Micro LPGA Classic which touts the world’s best female golfers. Council President Reggie Copeland

Copeland-Cox Tennis Center

District Six Councilwoman Connie Hudson

The senior population of our community has a great new opportunity for recreation, education and activities with the November 17, 2008 opening of the Mobile Regional Senior Community Center (MRSCC) on Hillcrest Road. The MRSCC boasts amenities such as state-of-the-art fitness equipment, a thermal plunge pool, a billiards room, 3 multi-purpose activity rooms, a full kitchen and café, and a computer lab. The staff, which includes Program Director Anita Mungenast, two Therapeutic Recreation Specialists, and an Activities Specialist, brings decades of combined experience. Hours of operation are: Mon – Thurs: 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. / Fri: 8 a.m. – 7 p.m. / Sat: 9 a.m. – 7 p.m./ Sun: 1 – 5 p.m. The phone number for the Mobile Regional Senior Community Center is 602-4963.

Councilwoman Connie Hudson’s tireless efforts made the center a reality.

District Seven Councilwoman Gina Gregory
One generation plants the trees; another gets the shade. – Chinese Proverb

Mobile City Councilwoman Gina Gregory is joined by shop owners Perry Stewart, Mickey Crosby, and Village of Spring Hill President Linda St. John.

The residents and businesses that make up the Village of Spring Hill have worked together as a community to make their neighborhood a better place to live and work for generations to come. In addition to planting trees and other green spaces, the Village has laid the foundation for a vibrant and progressive area through a master plan, the Blueprint for the Village of Spring Hill. With a focus on three commercial zones, the corners of Old Shell and McGregor, Old Shell and Bit & Spur, and McGregor at Museum Drive, the Blueprint will connect some of Mobile’s most breathtaking locales. “The Village of Spring Hill is an inspiring example of what communities can accomplish when they come together to make their neighborhood better,” said Councilmember Gina Gregory, who represents the area. After securing a grant from the Alabama Department of Community and Economic Affairs, the Village hired Dover, Kohl, and Associates to design the Blueprint. The master plan called for a zoning overlay for the commercial zones. These changes were unanimously approved by the City Council in August, 2008.

A Habitat for Humanity crew builds a home in the Hillsdale Community

Beautification in other parts of the district.

Mobile Police Department – Many Parts, One Force.
Mardi Gras, BayFest, and the Senior Bowl are all signature Mobile events, drawing large crowds. Last year, the Mobile Police Department purchased a new piece of equipment to ensure the safety of crowds. Designed for establishing a presence at a planned event, the new mobile command unit has the ability to quickly mobilize resources at the site of an emergency. Here are a few special features: • Two (2) 6-light towers used to light a crime scene or other incident One (1) high-resolution digital camera that is controlled remotely from the command center with 400 to 1 zoom and 360-degree view Public address system with four (4) external speakers 7,000-watt Cummins commercial generator with 25-gallon fuel tank







A Glance at Law Enforcement Record Mobile Police Department Crime Clearance Rate

Mobile Fire-Rescue Department – Expanding an Elite Group
While economic times are tight and other cities are affected by high unemployment, the City of Mobile’s Fire-Rescue Department had a banner year by hiring new firefighters and EMTs. Fifty-four new public safety personnel joined the department. The department is not restricted to those who walk on two legs. The Technical Rescue Team added two FEMA-certified Search and Rescue dogs to its ranks bringing the total number of certified dogs to three. Part of the increase in firefighter numbers is due to the growth of the city through annexation. A super fire station and police precinct is being constructed at Mobile Regional Airport as a result of the 2007 annexation of Mobile Terrace and the Schillinger Road commercial corridor. When citizens in the Theodore/Tillman’s Corner area voted to join the city last year, it gave the department an opportunity to build a new fire station which will increase protection inside the city limits and in the public safety jurisdiction.

Super Fire Station and Police Precinct being built at Mobile Regional Airport

The Mobile, Alabama Cruise Ship Terminal – the Best Gets Better
This November, the Carnival Fantasy will begin calling Mobile home, bringing with her room for 2,056 passengers, a crew of 920, and a wider variety of cruising options. If you’ve ridden the Fantasy before, get ready for an even better experience out of Mobile. The ship recently underwent a $250 million upgrade which includes a water park, a four-story water slide, and an adults-only area. To accommodate the stunning new ship, the City will add a state-of-the-art $2.5 million gangway for access to the large boat. The City Council unanimously approved a contract with TEAM Ports & Maritime S. L. to design, build and install the gangway. The gangway is needed not only because of the size of the Fantasy, but also so that it can dock on either side of the ship.

Carnival Fantasy, a 2,056 passenger, 900 foot cruise ship
The HYDRA passenger boarding bridge, currently in design phase, will have the capability to move electromechanically along the whole quay and will be able to connect with cruise ship entry doors at various levels.

Ft. Conde village Restoring Our Past Opportunities

Fort Conde Village is a Mobile community of unique Victorian properties meticulously restored to their original design. Each building exudes the style and feel of nineteenth century Mobile and is a wonderful destination for any small to midsized firm searching for a prestigious historic address. Ten historic homes have been restored, with three more on the way. The most recent address to be restored is the SpearBarter House on St. Emmanuel Street. Dating back to the 1850s, the Spear-Barter House has been renovated to a contemporary and modern design while maintaining the rustic beauty of its original mystique. Each historic home is being restored by Larry Posner of Fort Conde Restoration Ventures with more than $4 million invested. This has been an ongoing project for more than 10 years, with a master plan to expand the existing homes with retail space and apartment buildings.

Then: Spear-Barter House Under Renovation

Now: Beautiful New Offices

Mayor’s 2008 Summit for Workforce Development

Brent R. Orrell, Former Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Employment and Training in the U.S. Department of Labor, was the keynote speaker for Mayor Sam Jones’ Workforce Development Summit in May 2008. The summit included mayors, industry, educators, business and civic leaders throughout Alabama, Mississippi and Florida.

On May 15, 2008, Mayor Sam Jones served as the host for the 2008 Summit for Workforce Development, convened as a critical next step for implementation of the Mobile Workforce and Economic Development Strategic Plan. Over 250 leaders from throughout the region attended the event. Critical partnerships and collaborations were started at this summit that are now key as we implement the strategies our community is depending on for regional growth and future success. The summit also provided a template for the Youth Workforce Summit held in October. Over 300 area high-school students met with Mayor Jones and were provided critical information about their roles as they move into workforce and leadership roles in Mobile. Business leaders, educators, community agencies and youth from throughout our area provided valuable input at these events. That input has been used to establish the agenda we are focused on as we work to build a brighter future for our citizens. The picture for Mobile holds great promise as we put into place the programs and services that will be critical to our success. The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (stimulus funds) will bring much needed revenue to our area and enable us to improve job training and expand employment opportunities. We will continue to work closely with industry and the Mobile labor force to fill the high wage, high demand jobs of the future. The summit was co-sponsored by Mobile County, Mobile Works, Community Foundation of South Alabama, Mobile Area Education Foundation, Mobile Area Chamber of Commerce, and Mobile Area Association of Realtors.

Postsecondary Chancellor Bradley Byrne and the Regional Director for the U.S. Labor Department Dr. Helen Parker were among the panelists for the Mayor’s 2008 Summit for Workforce Development.

What’s Our Plan?
Last year, thousands of citizens participated in a strategic planning process that yielded a “New Plan for Mobile.” The final edition of the plan laid out a blueprint for growth in downtown and the surrounding neighborhoods for years to come. A new retail/entertainment facility on the site of the Mobile Civic Center, a gigantic sportsplex in the Three Mile Creek area, wireless broadband internet access throughout the Hank Aaron Loop, and a medical technology corridor along St. Stephens Road/Spring Hill Avenue are some of the highlights the plan produced. The process began with a series of dynamic community meetings led by Baltimore-based planning firm EDSA, Inc. Through the help of strategic partners who specialized in urban planning, the final “New Plan for Mobile” was unveiled on October 27, 2008. The entire plan can be seen at www.newmobileplan.com.

A Crown Jewel for “America’s Sea” the National Maritime Museum of the Gulf of Mexico
What’s it like to steer a ship into port? How many boats have wrecked in Mobile Bay? What makes the Gulf of Mexico different from every other body of water in the world? You’ll get the answers to these and so many other questions with the opening of The National Maritime Museum of the Gulf of Mexico. It’s the first museum dedicated to presenting the maritime heritage and culture of the Gulf Coast, and only the third maritime museum in the world to primarily feature hands-on, interactive exhibits rather than maritime artifacts. The Museum’s 90,000 sq. ft. structure is shaped liked a ship headed into Mobile Bay – a design that will establish the building as an architectural icon in downtown Mobile. Inside this structure, the museum’s exhibits will be housed inside the stern of a full-sized container ship, displayed as if dockside. The container ship will look like a real vessel – from its actual size to the water surrounding its hull, enticing visitors to explore the maritime world by stepping on board. The National Maritime Museum of the Gulf of Mexico is a public-private partnership, made possible through collaboration between the City of Mobile and a non-profit organization that is planning the museum and will operate the facility under a longterm agreement with the City. Construction begins in April 2009 with the opening sometime in late 2010.

Welcome to Mobile’s African-American Heritage Trail,
a chronicle of the experience of African Americans
Starting in May 2009, the citizens and visitors of Mobile will be able to literally walk along history with the opening of Mobile’s African-American Heritage Trail. From religious establishments like Stone Street Baptist Church and schools like Central/Dunbar High School, each of the 40 sites recognizes a business, organization or individual who helped form the rich history of African-Americans in Mobile. History seekers will be able to charter a tour guide to ride along with their bus or van tour, or you can simply follow a map and audio guide on your own. Soon, school bus tours will be available for children from throughout Mobile County to experience the historic landmarks first-hand. For more information, contact Mobile Historic Development Commission at (251) 208-7968.

Sites of the African-American Heritage trail
Hank Aaron’s Home AfricaTown Basilica of the Immaculate Conception Bettie Hunter House Big Zion A.M.E. Church Broad Street Academy/Caldwell School C. First Johnson House Campground Neighborhood Central/Dunbar High School Christian Benevolent Funeral Home Church of the Good Shepherd C. H. Council School Cook’s House, Oakleigh Vernon Z. Crawford Law Firm Creole Firehouse #l Emanuel A.M.E. Church Emerson Institute Chain of Finley’s Drug Stores Fort Conde James Reese Europe Dr. James A. Franklin House Dr. Thomas Nathaniel Harris John LeFlore Non-Partisan Voter’s League Office A.N. Johnson Publishing Johnson and Allen Mortuary Magnolia Cemetery Michael Donald Street Mobile County Training School Most Pure Heart of Mary Catholic Church National African-American Archives & Museum Dave Patton House LeRoy “Satchel” Paige Plateau Grave Yard Saint Martin De Porres Hospital Slave Market St. Louis Street Missionary Baptist Church Stone Street Baptist Church The State Street A.M.E. Zion Church Wallace Turnage Union Baptist Church Dr. H. Roger Williams Drug Store

Local citizen Gabe Peck re-enacts the Buffalo Soldiers

2008 Annexation: Expanding the City’s Boundary
Making a Difference In The Lives of Residents In Theodore/Tillman’s Corner and Windmill Subdivision
The city’s annexation process worked, and so did the democratic process. “We’re very, very pleased with what we saw with the people who decided to be a part of the City of Mobile. They were very enthusiastic about it. They wanted the services the city offers,” said Mobile Mayor Sam Jones. The two groups that approved annexation were the biggest and the smallest: a section of Tillman’s Corner and Theodore containing 2,400 residents and commercial corridors on U.S. 90 and Rangeline Road, and the Windmill Place subdivision off Cody Road where 31 voted yes and 17 voted no. By joining the City of Mobile, these residents now have:

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Enhanced Police Protection; Improved Fire Protection; Regular Garbage and Trash Collection; Many more municipal services.

“A city that doesn’t grow dies, and that is not something we want to see happen to Mobile,” Mayor Sam Jones.

Mobile Housing Initiatives
The Downtown Renaissance — A senior housing residence. This initiative is part of the Mobile Housing Board’s Hope VI Revitalization project. Located on Bloodgood at Claiborne Street, the project is comprised of 88 apartments. The project partners include the U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, the City of Mobile, Alabama Housing Finance Authority and Federal Home Loan Bank.

Spacious Homes For Sale In Historic Church Street East
The Mobile Housing Board is building 12 single-family homes in Church Street East, off Washington Avenue near the Mobile Public Library. The homes include both market-rate homes and homes that are reserved for first-time homebuyers.

For More Information: Call (251) 433-1011 or (251) 434-2204

The neighborhood College - A Unique Experience at City Hall and Beyond

On a Police Segway

@ the Fire Academy

@ the Mobile Museum of Art

@ the Museum of Mobile

The graduates of the first City of Mobile Neighborhood College got a first-hand view of the inner workings of city government. But their seven-week course didn’t stop at City Hall. One citizen from each district took part in interactive tours and exercises at the Police Department, Fire-Rescue Department, Museums and the Recycling Center. The Office of Neighborhood and Community Services designed the program to educate and assist in disseminating information back to their respective neighborhood associations and/or community action groups.

A highlight of the course was allowing each participant to become a Mobile 311 operator. The exercise gave participants hands-on experience of the department which allows citizens easy access to City Hall. The next neighborhood college class will be held June 2 - July 14. For more information, please call the Office of Neighborhood and Community Services at 208-7443.

Members of the first Neighborhood College join Mayor Jones at a City Council Meeting

Citizens Crack Down on Litter
Inspired by Mayor Sam Jones, Keep Mobile Beautiful continues the quest for a cleaner, more beautiful city. Through radio, television and print media, the city has educated Mobilians on the importance of a clean community image for tourism and economic development. The “Cut out Cops” have popped up on street corners to remind motorists that a fine for littering will cost them $406. Keep Mobile Beautiful was recently honored by receiving four national awards from Keep America Beautiful. The awards include: • • • • President’s Circle Award Distinguished Service Citation for the “If I Can – You Can” litter prevention television commercial Second Place National Award in the Litter Prevention category for the “Cut-out Cops on Patrol” The top “Innovation Award” in Litter Prevention

Litter removal and tree planting on Demetropolis Road

The Mobile Police Department, the Urban Development Department and Environmental Officers have stepped up efforts to enforce litter laws, resulting in over 2,000 citations for those who do not comply. New blue litter containers have been placed in strategic locations around the city to make it easy for pedestrians to dispose of litter rather than cluttering up the ground.
Residents of R. V. Taylor Plaza participate in their first Neighborhood Litter Summit

These blue cans have reduced litter around the city

Mobile County’s Job
Company Name Atlantic Marine Austal USA C&G Boatworks Evonik Degussa Frascatti Shops Praxair Silver Ships SSAB Teledyne Total for 2008 Company Name Austal USA Berg Steel Pipe Bristow-Krah Evonik Degussa Holcim Mobile Aerospace ThyssenKrupp Total for 2007 Type Exp. New New Exp. Exp. Exp. New Type Exp. Exp. Exp. Exp. Exp. Exp. Exp. Exp. Exp. Jobs 250 1,000 150 10 5 6 10 180 30 1,641 Jobs 400 100 150 14 7 200 2,700 3,571

growth 2007/08
Average Salary $52,400 $50,000 $45,000 $72,040 $30,470 $64,000 $48,000 $65,000 $46,000 $52,546 Average Salary $43,780 $53,800 $34,320 $50,000 $60,000 $33,280 $58,000 $47,597
Source: Mobile Area Chamber of Commerce

2008

Investment $21.2M $254M $11.3M $65M $2M $38M $790,000 $460M $5M $846.5M Investment $34M $80M $37M $10M $60M N/A $3.7B $3.92B

Berg Spiral Pipe

2007

Mobile Container Terminal

S potlight on a Business
C&G Boat Works
Company Profile
C & G, founded in 1996, is a young, growing and aggressive company with over 20 vessels now under construction or in repair. In addition to Mobile, the company also operates a 21 acre location in Bayou La Batre where only new hulls are constructed. The company is located in Mobile on a 30-acre site with 600 feet on the bustling Mobile Ship Channel. Building and repair facilities include five bays under roof, two outside bays, a 2000 ton dry dock and a new 600 ton travel lift that was delivered in 2007. Construction is dominated by high-speed aluminum Fast Supply Vessels, but includes tugs, fishing vessels, military craft, push boats and specialty boats. C & G’s innovative FSV cabin-forward design allows for maximum efficiencies for internal and external cargo capacities, while accommodating maximum carriage of personnel. The unique design also allows for close to light boat speed with a full load on board.
number of Employees: Mobile - 293 Bayou La Batre - 135 Total Capital Investment Mobile - $11.3 million Bayou La Batre $5.7 million

S potlight on a Business
Austal uSA
Expanding a Great Mobile Company
Austal USA is putting the finishing touches on the USS Independence (LCS-2). It’s the first littoral combat ship being built at Austal’s Mobile shipyard. Austal was also recently awarded a contract to design and build the US Department of Defense’s next generation multi-use platform, the Joint High Speed Vessel (JHSV), as part of a program potentially worth over $1.6 billion. Later this year, Austal USA will finalize an expansion that includes a new Modular Manufacturing Facility and a new administration building. Here are some figures on the expansion: Modular Manufacturing Facility Size: Parking: Completion: Total Cost: 396,000 sq. ft. 2,064 paved spaces July 2009 $82 million (est.) Administrative Building Size: Accommodates: Completion: Total Cost: 80,000 sq.ft. 400 employees June 2010 $12 million (est.)

S potlight on a Business
ThyssenKrupp Steel and Stainless uSA
“An Investment That Transforms The City, County and State”
• • • • • • • • • 2,700 jobs when fully operational; Construction phase expected to generate approximately 29,000 jobs in 3 years; Over 20-year period, the facility is expected to yield 38,000 to 52,000 indirect jobs; Approximately 2,400 construction workers onsite; Recruiting: 207 Steel and 177 Stainless; $3.7 billion investment revised to $4.2 billion; Over $450 million in non-equipment construction related contracts to date with Alabama companies; Over $120 million in non-equipment construction related contracts to date with South Alabama companies; A wide range of additional long-term business opportunities in the operational phase.

Plant will employ 2,700 people once fully operational.

Hotels and Condos in Downtown - always a great place to stay
Battle House Hotel

new Condominium Developments Continue to Bring Residents to Downtown
Development Mattress Factory
Hampton inn & Suites renaissance riverview Plaza Hotel

Units Completion Date 25 21 2 10 11 4 4 12 2 3 28 2008 2008 2008 2009 2009 2009 Summer 2009 Summer 2009 Summer 2009 Fall 2009 2011

St. Louis Lofts Parkside Home & Garden O’Gwynn Place Carriage Works Hargrove’s Corp. Apartments DeTonti Townhomes Downtown Renaissance Crescent Theater Cedar Street Renovation 250 St. Francis: A Condominium
Source: Downtown Mobile Alliance

With nearly 1,200 hotel rooms in the area, there are plenty of options in downtown Mobile. The most recent hotel is the Hampton Inn & Suites located at the corner of Royal and Conti streets. Looking for more than just a room to stay in? These downtown facilities also feature nearly 60 meeting rooms with a reception capacity of over 4,000. The City of Mobile recently solved one of the only complaints from downtown visitors. On November 20, 2008, city leaders reached an agreement with CSX Transportation to create a Quiet Zone in downtown. Locomotives traveling through downtown will not blow their horns when approaching intersections at Adams, St. Anthony, Dauphin, Government, Monroe, and Eslava streets.

Holiday inn

Greening of Downtown Mobile U N I T Y P O I N T E
The scenic 23,000 sq. ft. tribute square honors the accomplishments of Joseph Langan, one of Mobile’s most visionary mayors, and Civil Rights leader, John L. LeFlore. Diagonally tucked between Broad, St. Anthony streets and Spring Hill Avenue, Unity Pointe will transform the site into a green area that will greet thousands of motorists daily and serve as a respectful symbol for these great Mobilians. Opening late 2009.

An Eye to the Future

KC-45
“We won the competition before, and I am confident that if it is judged on merits, we will prevail again,” Mobile Mayor Sam Jones said. “We have an excellent team, both locally and from Northrop/Grumman-EADS working collectively on the project.”

Citizens Determining The Destiny Of Their City The Implementation of the New Plan For Mobile Is Underway

Mobilian of the Year - Mayor Sam Jones
On March 26, 2009, Mayor Sam Jones was given the top civic award in Mobile, the Cottage Hill Civitan Club’s 2008 Mobilian of the Year. The award has been given annually since 1948 to an individual who has made an extraordinary, positive impact on the Mobile community. The Civitans specifically cited Mayor Jones’ involvement in economic development, keeping Mobile clean and safe, and being a great ambassador as reasons for selecting him. Some of the past winners include Abraham Mitchell, John Tyson, Sr., and Joseph N. Langan. “We are pleased at the selection of Mayor Sam Jones as the recipient of the Mobilian of the Year award for 2008,” Mobilian of the Year chairman Randy Eckhoff said. “Mayor Jones is a native of Mobile and has served the city in numerous ways throughout his career, including his current role as our mayor.” “The only problem was fitting all of his accomplishments on the application,” said Sandi Forbus of Mobile United who nominated Mayor Jones.

The All New www.cityofmobile.org!
The internet is changing, and the way friends, family and co-workers connect is changing, too. This presents an opportunity for the City of Mobile to get information directly to our citizens and visitors. We’ve completely revamped our website, making it easier for you to get the information you’re looking for. In addition to updating the look and content, we’ve added several features to keep everyone informed about what is going on at City Hall and around Mobile. We’re now using YouTube and Blogger to spread the word and video about upcoming projects, social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter for better communication and feedback, and technology such as Really Simple Syndication (RSS) feeds so that everyone can have up-tothe-minute news. Log on today to the all new www.cityofmobile.org. It’s our way of keeping you informed and involving you in the solution.

April - 2009
Monday

LoDa ArtWalk - 10 National Maritime Museum of the Gulf Coast Groundbreaking - 9 Market on the Square - 25 State of the City Luncheon - 8 ArtsAlive! 17 - 19 Brown Bag in Bienville Square - 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 Firefighter’s Ball - 17

May - 2009
Monday

LoDa ArtWalk - 8 Market on the Square - 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 Market in the Park - 28 Memorial Day - 25 Brown Bag in Bienville Square - 6, 13, 20, 27

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State of the City

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Mobile Container Terminal

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June - 2009
Monday

LoDa ArtWalk - 12 Market on the Square - 6, 13, 20, 27 Market in the Park - 4, 11, 18, 25 Kids Days in Bienville 4, 11, 18, 25

July - 2009
Saturday / Sunday Monday

LoDa ArtWalk - 10 Market on the Square - 4, 11, 18, 25 Independence Day (celebrated) - 3 Kids Days in Bienville - 2, 9 Kids Days in Langan Park - 18, 25 Market in the Park - 2, 9, 16, 23, 30

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Market in the Park

August - 2009
Monday

LoDa ArtWalk - 14

12th Annual Dauphin Street International Beer Festival - 29

September - 2009
Monday Berg Spiral Pipe

LoDa ArtWalk - 11 Brown Bag in Bienville Square - 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 Labor Day - 7

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October - 2009
Monday

LoDa ArtWalk - 9 Market on the Square - 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 BayFest - 2 - 4 Brown Bag in Bienville Square - 7, 14, 21, 28 Columbus Day - 12

november - 2009
Saturday / Sunday Monday

LoDa ArtWalk - 13 Market on the Square - 7, 14, 21 Thanksgiving Holidays - 26, 27 Mobile International Festival - 21 Veterans’ Day - 11 Lighting of the Trees - 20

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December - 2009
Monday

LoDa ArtWalk - 11 Mobile Holiday & Christmas Parade - 19 Christmas Holidays - 24, 25 MoonPie Over Mobile New Year’s Eve Celebration - 31

January - 2010
Monday Senior Bowl

LoDa ArtWalk - 8 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday - 18 Under Armour Senior Bowl - 30

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February - 2010
Monday

LoDa ArtWalk - 12 Mardi Gras Holidays - 15 - 16

March - 2010
Friday Saturday / Sunday Monday

LoDa ArtWalk - 12

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Hampton Inn Downtown
Mobile Regional Senior Community Center

April - 2010
Monday

LoDa ArtWalk - 9 ArtsAlive! - 10, 11 Brown Bag in Bienville Square - 7, 14, 21, 28 State of the City - 21

Mobile 311 - Your Three Digit Connection to City Hall
Mobile 311 continued to serve as the quickest and best way to connect citizens to the services offered by the City of Mobile. As the chart below shows, Mobile 311 answered over 55,000 Service Request Orders (SROs). The most popular SROs were trash, animals, and garbage. Along with Mobile CitiSmart, Mobile 311 allows accountability for municipal service requests. Mobile 311 sends each SRO to the appropriate department, who has 72 hours to respond. Citizens can follow up with 311 to check the status of their SRO.

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ReAct Report Total Service Request Orders - 2008
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African American Heritage Trail

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May - 2010
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June - 2010
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December - 2010
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Mobile’s Growth

Sources: City of Mobile GIS Department U.S. Census Bureau

Photos by: MyShotz.com

© City of Mobile, Alabama

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