The Salco 43 Industrial Park and Mobile Commerce Park have been certified as AT&T “Fiber Ready” as part of a continuing effort to drive economic development throughout Alabama, AT&T and NAI Mobile recently announced in a news release.

According to experts, the designation better allows owners or developers of a selected property to promote the availability of advanced broadband communication infrastructure, an advanced business bandwidth capacity for buildings and facilities within a development.

“AT&T is investing in high-speed Internet in urban and rural areas all across Alabama using the latest wired and wireless technologies, and we are proud to highlight the Salco 43 Industrial Park as one of many places where the fiber infrastructure is in place and ready to help local businesses drive job creation,” Fred McCallum, president of AT&T Alabama, said.

“In today’s world, connectivity is vital to new employers and businesses of every type. There’s no such thing as a ‘low-tech’ business today, so economic development leaders must be able to tout the presence of high-speed Internet connectivity. The AT&T ‘Fiber Ready’ designation is a great economic development tool for us to have,” John Peebles, principal with NAI Mobile, said.

“Alabama is open for business, and we want to be sure it’s clear we are connected. Our state is deploying leading-edge technology to provide market advantages to our state-based businesses,” State Rep. Napoleon Bracy said. “The AT&T ‘Fiber Ready’ certification allows us to confidently tell companies looking to locate in this area they can check the critically important high-speed connectivity box.”

Mobile County Commissioner Mercia Ludgood said, “The Commission works hard to do our part to ensure Mobile County is headed in the right direction economically and we appreciate the leadership of our legislators, who are doing their part in Montgomery. Our focus is on smart policies, and economic development is vital to our work in growing the opportunities in Mobile County.”

NAI Mobile represented the Salco 43 Industrial Park during the implementation process. It is a full-service commercial real estate firm serving Mobile and Baldwin counties and Southwest Alabama.  

Commercial real estate moves
John Delchamps with the Merrill P. Thomas Co. Inc. represented the purchaser of a 10,000-square-foot office building at 56 Midtown Park Drive W. for $750,000; Jeremy Milling worked for the owner. The property will be used as an office building for a local company, according to Delchamps.

Per Sharon Wright with White-Spunner Realty, local speculators picked up the 38,000-square-foot former American Red Cross Building located on 853 Dauphin St. Jay Roberds of NAI Mobile represented the buyers of the property, which encompasses the entire city block bounded by Jefferson, Conti, Broad and Dauphin streets.  

Mobile-based commercial contracting firm JC Stanard Coatings recently leased 1,000 square feet of office space located in Market Place Executive Suites at 1203 U.S. Highway 98 in Daphne. Harry Johnson, owner of Baldwin Rental Properties, managed the transaction.           

Dickinson, Dean join UCP of Mobile
Melissa Dickinson and Wayne Dean recently joined United Cerebral Palsy (UCP) of Mobile as special events coordinators, charged with planning and executing a variety of fundraising events to support the mission of UCP along the central Gulf Coast.

Born and raised in Mobile, Dickinson graduated in 2004 with a bachelor’s in sport and special event marketing from the University of South Alabama’s Mitchell College of Business. Following graduation she began a career in the nonprofit arena at USA’s Office of Development and Alumni Relations. She has also served on the founding board for the United Way Young Leaders Society.

Dean is a graduate of the University of Alabama and brings a wide range of expertise to UCP, having a background in communications, marketing, development, public relations and special events with public, private and nonprofit organizations.

Recognized as an authority on Mobile’s pre-Lenten Carnival, he has authored nine books with two works in progress, as well as performing as local iconic Mardi Gras character Chief Slacabamorinico since 1985. Dean is also a Screen Actors Guild eligible actor, having appeared in 30-plus motion pictures, recently as the photo/body double for actor Burt Reynolds.

A retired United Methodist pastor, Dean and his wife, Doris, oversee Lord of the Dance Ministries in Mobile. He also serves on the board for the History Museum of Mobile.

UCP of Mobile provides services for children and adults with disabilities. The agency serves 32 counties by offering programs such as supported employment, early intervention, physical and occupational therapy, preschool and Camp SMILE, among others. 

Wilkins Miller announces promotions
Wilkins Miller LLC (WM), a locally owned accounting and advisory firm, recently promoted certified public accountants (CPAs) Jack Johnson, Mandy Parker and Frank Smith to the position of senior accountant. In addition, Bridget Ehlers was promoted to talent and development coordinator for WM.

Johnson joined WM in 2013. He graduated from Auburn University in 2007 with a bachelor’s in English and earned a master’s in accounting from USA in 2013.
Parker joined WM in 2012. She graduated from the University of Alabama summa cum laude the same year with a bachelor’s in business administration. She earned a master’s in accounting from USA in 2014.

Smith graduated from the University of Alabama in 2004 with a bachelor’s in commerce and business administration and a major in finance. He completed additional accounting courses at USA in 2012 and became a CPA in 2015.

All three CPAs specialize in audit and tax work and are members of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Alabama Society of CPAs.

Ehlers joined WM in 2012 as an administrative assistant. Her new position focuses on team development and training. She graduated from Auburn University in 2007 with a bachelor’s in sociology and earned a master’s in public administration from Troy University in 2010.

WM is ranked as one of the largest CPA firms in Alabama and was named one of the “2015 Best Firms to Work For” by Accounting Today in the areas of auditing, tax, litigation, valuation, cost segregation, client accounting and information technology consulting. WM is located at 41 W. Interstate 65 Service Road N., Suite 400, in Mobile and 35 S. Section St. in Fairhope.