Author: Dale Liesch

SMG names general manager for Mobile facilities

After an extensive search, Kendall Wall has been selected as SMG’s general manager for the Arthur R. Outlaw Mobile Convention Center, Mobile Civic Center and the Mobile Saenger Theater. Wall has 30 years of experience involving operations and management of public facilities. Most recently, he served as SMG’s General Manager at the Florence Civic Center (South Carolina) for the past 16 years. Wall’s experience encompasses diversity within the entertainment industry, as well as the convention and tourism entities that have produced strong results in revenue performance, economic development and facility expansion. During his time, the gross revenue at the facility has increased by 300 percent. “It is an exciting time in Mobile, and SMG is proud to be a part of the City’s vision,” says Regional Vice President Sam Voisin. “We look forward to strengthened success with Kendall Wall’s leadership and industry experience.” Wall is co-founder and past Chairman of the Florence Area Sports Council, member of the Florence CVB and Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, Florence County Economic Development and Partnership, as well as a member of IAVM and IFEA associations. He has received national recognition from the industry ranging from the PAFMS-Ticketmaster award to being named multi-winner of the Prime Site Award by Events & Facilities Magazine. He is a graduate of PAFMS (Professional Association of Facility Management School) and Senior Executive Symposium at Cornell University....

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OWA on target for July opening

In years past Baldwin County has relied on its sun-toasted beaches to help push a booming tourism industry. But with a large amusement park and entertainment complex currently under construction a few miles north in Foley, officials are excited about adding even more attractions to entice visitors. The Poarch Band of Creek Indians’ OWA development is under construction at the intersection of the Baldwin Beach Express and County Road 20 and expected to open this year. County tourism officials are excited about the future of the project, which includes a 14-acre amusement park. “From where we sit, it’ll have...

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Housing board narrows search for director

The Mobile Housing Board of Commissioners has narrowed its search for a new executive director to four candidates, with face-to-face interviews scheduled for later in the month, Chairwoman Kimberly Pettway said recently. The four finalists, who are all from out of town, were chosen from 10 applicants after a series of Skype interviews last month. Pettway did not name the candidates at this point out of respect for the fact that they are currently working other jobs. The face-to-face interviews will take place June 19 and 20, Pettway said, with plans for the board to call a special meeting...

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Alabama Power, city team up to recycle tree limbs

Mayor Sandy Stimpson’s administration and Alabama Power have agreed to help recycle limbs and other woody material each entity collects. Previously, limbs collected by Alabama Power and the city’s Urban Forestry Department were sent to the Dirt, Inc. landfill in West Mobile. Now, those same limbs and material collected during trimming and other activities will be turned into mulch at an outdoor facility at the corner of Marion Street and Fisher’s Alley near the Renaissance public housing community downtown, Stimpson said at a press conference Tuesday afternoon. “One of the great things about this is not only is it...

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City, Delta Bike Project partner to create downtown bike parking

What originally began as a simple bike rack has transformed into a safe space for cyclists in Mobile. The City of Mobile and Delta Bike Project have teamed up to upgrade the on-street bike parking in downtown Mobile. “Creating a bikeable community has been a priority of this administration since taking office and was identified as a priority by our citizens during the Map for Mobile long-range planning process,” Mayor Sandy Stimpson said in a statement. “It is important that we provide the citizens of Mobile with the necessary infrastructure to feel comfortable biking across the City of Mobile....

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