Stimpson joins White House roundtable on infrastructure

Mayor Sandy Stimpson traveled this week to Washington, D.C., where he joined Secretary of the Treasury Jacob Lew and other senior White House and administration officials in a roundtable conversation about infrastructure investment, as part of the President’s Build America Investment Initiative. Stimpson was joined at the White House on Wednesday by a select group of elected officials including: Mayors from Dallas, Detroit, Tampa, Fla.; Washington, D.C.; the County Executive from King County, Wash.; as well as the governors of Colorado, Connecticut, Pennsylvania and Virginia. Additionally, the White House invited representatives from 19 investment funds whose funding capacity exceeds $7 trillion dollars. “I was humbled and honored to represent Mobile at this important gathering to discuss how our country is addressing the infrastructure funding needs of our cities and states,” Stimpson said. “The momentum in Mobile has clearly captured the attention of the highest levels of our government, as well as a compliment of investors looking to enter into innovative public private partnerships to help improve and fund our aging infrastructure.” Continue Reading →

Stimpson to host long-range planning workshop

Mayor Sandy Simpson will host a “Focus on the Future” community workshop where citizens can share their vision for the future of Mobile. The workshop will be held on Monday, March 30, at Government Street Baptist Church, 3401 Government Boulevard. The workshop will provide an overview of the mayor’s initiative to create long-range, comprehensive plans for all of Mobile. It is part of a community-driven process known as the “Map of Mobile,” which will make recommendations for preservation, revitalization and growth across the city. The planning process will be closely aligned with ongoing economic and community development activities, will engage Mobile’s diverse citizens and, perhaps most importantly, will include realizable action steps to ensure that recommendation steps will become reality. Continue Reading →

Jordan fights to remain part of Hastie’s legal defense

Hastie legal team

Parties in the trial of Mobile County License Commissioner Kim Hastie are awaiting a ruling from U.S. Magistrate Judge Katherine Nelson that will decide whether attorney Buzz Jordan will remain a part of Hastie’s three-man legal defense team. Federal prosecutors requested the court to disqualify Jordan earlier this month after a correspondence he sent to Hastie after her office was raided by federal agents was allowed to be submitted as evidence for both sides. (more…) Continue Reading →

BayFest move gets mixed reaction


The BayFest board’s decision to move the music festival away from the downtown area struck a sour note with fans when Lagniappe broke the news last week, but leaders remain optimistic about the future of the festival and its former home of 20 years. BayFest President Bobby Bostwick confirmed last Thursday that he was working to finalize a deal to move the festival to The Grounds, previously known at the Greater Gulf State Fairgrounds, after a split vote the board approved the move. (more…) Continue Reading →