The Business View – February 2016 / From the Chairman

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By Frank J. Lott III, Heritage Homes

2015 Mobile Area Chamber Board Chairman


Last year was a reawakening for Mobile. We’ve found our momentum, and we’re building on it. It has been an honor to serve as chairman of the Mobile Area Chamber during a year of growth and new investment.


Many of the accomplishments now coming to fruition are the result of efforts of many partners, including the Chamber, city of Mobile, Mobile County, Mobile Airport Authority, University of South Alabama, Alabama State Port Authority and many others. Most of our work is a process over months and years, and 2015 saw the completion of a number of milestones worth mentioning, including:


■ The opening of Airbus U.S. Manufacturing Facility at Mobile Aeroplex at Brookley;

■ The opening of the truly world-class GulfQuest National Maritime Museum of the Gulf of Mexico;

■ The awarding of the I-10 Mobile River Bridge design/engineering contract by the Alabama Department of Transportation;

■ The establishment of 1702, which created exciting synergy among local entrepreneurs;

■ The beginnings of an innovation corridor on St. Louis Street in downtown Mobile;

■ And the city’s execution of a contract promising the return of Carnival Cruise Lines in November 2016.


I could go on, but I think you get the picture. Throughout the next 15 pages of The Business View, you’ll get a sampling of some of the Chamber’s most important work in 2015. At the end of the annual report, you can read about our plan for 2016.


To all of our members, thank you for your continued investment. If you are reading this and have not yet chosen to affiliate with our pro-business organization, consider this a personal invitation from me. Carolyn Golson, our vice president of membership, will be happy to work with you through the process of joining. She can be reached via email at or by phone at 251-431-8622.


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