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Little more on 2008 Mobile successes

May 23, 2009

I found a copy of the 2008 Mobile Chamber annual report (anlrpt). The majority of Mobile’s 2008 economic development expansions were with local shipbuilders: Atlantic Marine, Austal USA, C&G Boatworks, Evonik Degussa, SSAB Alabama Inc. and…

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Chamber behind Mobile success

May 23, 2009

Commissioner Gene Valentino and his PR person, Jane Birdwell, make much of the Mobile success story. Mobile outshines Pensacola in the economic development arena. I wouldn’t want to live there but there is no disputing that…

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Miller and Payne try to take out Cronley

May 22, 2009

The day after the November 17 Enterprise Operations Committee meeting, Airport Director Frank Miller and Asst. City Manager Robert Payne focused on how to discredit Jim Cronley who spoke out against the Airport Hotel Lease. From:…

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IN investigation of the Airport Hotel deal

May 22, 2009

The two primary negotiators of the Airport Hotel Lease are gone – Frank Miller and Robert Payne. In December 2008, IN paid $187.16 to get copies of the city emails concerning the deal. The second appraisal…

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Buzz: Rumors flying about County Complex

May 22, 2009

State Attorney’s office is questioning county employees and others about possible Sunshine Law violations by Commissioner Gene Valentino. Jane Birdwell is trying to convince people that the Comm. Valentino was the winner of the Tuesday meeting…

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Whatburger closes 14 FL stores

May 22, 2009

The Corpus Christi, Texas-based Whataburger company is closing 14 of its Central Florida locations. About 400 people will lose their jobs. Whataburger has been in the Pensacola area for over 40 years and our locations appear…

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McCollum speech on violence in the black community

May 21, 2009

Attorney General Bill McCollum spoke today at the National Conference on Preventing Crime in the Black Community that is being held in Jacksonville. Last year’s conference brought 1,600 participants. The conference is a collaborative effort sponsored…

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Jamal Lee case thrown out

May 21, 2009

No good witnesses….and the statements given by witnesses were too inconsistent to allow the case to proceed, according to Judge Linda Nobles. Lee was to go on trial for the murder of Pine Forest High School…

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Kerr waffles on ice hockey

May 21, 2009

Tim Kerr is telling the PNJ that his team may not be able to play hockey this season. Kerr is under the gun to sell sell 1,250 season tickets in a 90-day period that began May…

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What happened on November 17, 2008?

May 20, 2009

I have reviewed the actual video of the Enterprise Operations for Nov. 17. Jack Nobles is the chairman. Robert Payne, then asst. City manager, is the one who gave the background on the agreement. Rusty Wells…

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Damning report on hotel lease

May 20, 2009

As we and others believed, the Airport lease with Sandspur Development was highly flawed. The audit of the Airport Hotel lease agreement with Sandspur Development has been released by staff. The audit was due April 30…

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Where’s the beef?

May 19, 2009

That’s the question that I and others had after Commissioner Gene Valentino’s prerecorded presentation and the follow-up Q&A on Tuesday, May 19. The only change in the presentation from the one handed out last week was…

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Show begins at 4pm

May 19, 2009

Today’s Joint meeting of the commission and council event will be a highly orchestrated event. BPM Marketing – who designed the Chamber’s magnet campaign, but is now working for Commissioner Valentino – has been calling around…

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Chamber accomplishments

May 19, 2009

While Commissioner Valentino has been bashing the Chamber on WEAR TV, I thought it might be helpful to find out what the Chamber has actually accomplished over the past five years. Here is the spreadsheet on…