Of course, the Airbus assembly plant tops the list. The $600-million plant to be built at Blakely Field is expected to employ 1,000 people by 2016. The groundbreaking is set for April 2013.
Tourist officials are convinced the Port of Mobile will land a cruise land to replace Carnival, which moved its ship to New Orleans in 2011.
Workforce development will need to be retooled to accommodate Airbus—not just in Mobile, but for the entire region, including Northwest Florida.
Panama Canal expansion will impact the Port of Mobile. The state of Alabama has invested $340 million in a new container terminal at the port, deepening the channel and launching an intermodal rail facility.
The Aerospace Alliance—which stretches from Louisiana to Northwest Florida—expects to grow along the I-10 corridor as global markets invest in fleets and more fuel-efficient aircraft. The U.S. Navy recently awarded submarine contracts worth up to $4.5 billion to General Dynamics Corp. and Huntington Ingalls Industries Inc.. Seven percent of the work will be done at Ingalls’ Pascagoula, Miss. facility.
Escambia County/Pensacola’s economic trends?
1. Expansion of Navy Federal Credit Union
2. Landing new employer for either Airport or Port—or both
3. Workforce development, especially blue collar jobs that fit under-educated workforce
4. More Dollar Stores