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SmartBank Hires Market President For Mobile

June 21, 2024

SmartBank, which has branches across the Southeast, has announced the addition of Ryan New as the new market president for Mobile. New will be responsible for overseeing all market operations, fostering community relationships and driving growth strategies to better serve the financial needs of local individuals and businesses. He brings more than 20 years of…

UM School Of Education Receives National Accreditation

June 14, 2024
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The University of Mobile (UM) recently announced that its School of Education has been recognized for national excellence by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP). The school was awarded accreditation “for meeting or exceeding rigorous, nationally recognized standards developed by CAEP to ensure excellence in educator preparation programs,” UM said. The school…

Tourism Booms In Baldwin, Mobile Counties

June 7, 2024

AL.com reported that, of Alabama’s $7.75 billion in travel-related earnings in 2023, 44.1% came from Mobile and Baldwin counties. That is an increase from 39.9% of the overall travel-related earnings before the pandemic, in 2019. Baldwin County led the state, garnering 29% of visitors to Alabama, up from pre-pandemic levels of 23%. Approximately 23% of…

Two Local Authors Named To Alabama Writers Hall Of Fame

May 31, 2024
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The Stokes Center for Creative Writing recently announced that Sue Brannan Walker and Frye Gaillard were selected for the Alabama Writers Hall of Fame Class of 2025. Walker is a professor emerita and former chair and director of creative writing at the University of South Alabama (USA) and a two-term Alabama poet laureate. She was…

Business Opportunity Fair For Civic Arena Project

May 24, 2024
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Mobile Mayor Sandy Stimpson recently announced that the City of Mobile’s Office of Supplier Diversity will partner with Volkert Inc. and Norman Hill Consulting Solutions to host a Business Opportunity Fair on June 6 at the National Maritime Museum of the Gulf of Mexico to highlight how local businesses can get involved with the new…

Silver Ships Delivers Four of Seven Coastal Fast-Response Boats

May 17, 2024

Aluminum boat builder Silver Ships, Inc., of Theodore has completed construction and delivery of four of seven coastal fast-response boats (CFRB) under a $6.12-million contract from Naval Sea Systems Command. The custom-designed boats feature specialized communication and navigation equipment and will be used for coastal and harbor patrol, and as law enforcement interceptors. The CFRB series…

Mobile International Airport Reaches Milestone

May 10, 2024

The Mobile Airport Authority has announced that the first steel beam has been erected at the Terminal and Parking Garage Project at Mobile International Airport. Construction on the project started approximately 18 months ago. Since, tenants have been relocated, a creek has been enclosed onsite, some utility work has been done and a wash rack…

UM Wins Numerous Marketing Awards

May 3, 2024
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A comprehensive, multifaceted “Experience the Difference” marketing campaign coupled with an internal “Exceptional Hospitality” initiative earned the University of Mobile (UM) a grand prize award for exceptional achievement in public relations and development from the Baptist Communicators Association. The Arthur S. Davenport Award grand prize was among multiple honors earned by the university’s office for…

Loxley To Develop City Center

April 26, 2024

The City of Loxley is developing a new 45,000-ft2 City Center to accommodate its increasing population, according to Baton Rouge, Louisiana-based WHLC Architecture, Gulf Coast Media reports. The four-building complex includes a 19,434-ft2 city hall, a 10,620-ft2 utilities building, a 13,985-ft2 library and a museum located off the corner of First Avenue and Railroad Street.…

Thompson Engineering Opens Branch Office In Spanish Fort

April 19, 2024
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Thompson Engineering has opened a new branch office in Spanish Fort with staff providing engineering, surveying and ground penetrating radar (GPR) services. The Spanish Fort office is Thompson Engineering’s third office to open in Baldwin County in three years. Thompson Engineering opened an office in Daphne in 2022 and one in Orange Beach in 2021.…

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