Mobile Chamber's 176th annual meeting highlights job growth, fast-paced recruitment
By Kelli Dugan | firstname.lastname@example.org
January 22, 2013 at 8:22 PM
MOBILE, Alabama - With 2012 fading in the rearview mirror, the Mobile Area Chamber of Commerce's leadership took time Tuesday to reflect on its successes before turning its sights to even more ambitious goals for the year ahead.
Laughter and chatter echoed through the Mobile Civic Center for one solid hour before the chamber's 176th annual meeting took center stage, leaving no room for speculation about the tenacity of and results obtained by what has affectionately become known as Team Mobile.
"I'm confident the gains made over the last year are setting us up for an even better 2013," said Michael Pierce, the chamber's outgoing chairman whose praises colleagues sang before presenting him with a plaque commemorating his service.
Meanwhile, Win Hallett, the chamber's president, laid out several of the benchmarks achieved and exceeded by the organization's Partners for Growth campaign for which the second five-year cycle concluded in 2012. The program brings together 175 public and private entities united by the shared goal of seeing Mobile's economy grow & strengthen, he said.
Specifically, economic development goals for the five-year period ending at the close of 2012 was to create 3,750 new jobs with an average annual salary of $38,000, representing total capital investments of $1 billion.
Two of those three goals were more than doubled, Hallett said, with the program generating 8,000 jobs with an average annual salary of $48,000, representing $2.2 billion in capital investments. In 2012, alone, the program created 2,116 jobs, representing capital investment of $753 million, he said.