Mobile is one of the most populous cities in Alabama, the most populous in Mobile County, and one of the largest Cities on the Gulf Coast between New Orleans and St. Petersburg, FL. Mobile is Alabama's only saltwater port; being located at the head of the Mobile Bay and the north-central Gulf Coast. The Port of Mobile has always played a key role in the economic health of the city beginning with the city as a key trading center to its current role as the 12th-largest port in the United States.
The City of Mobile began as the first capital of colonial French Louisiana in 1702. During its first 100 years, Mobile was a colony of France, then Britain and finally Spain. In 1813, Mobile became part of the United States of America.
As one of the Gulf Coast’s cultural centers, Mobile has several art museums, a symphony orchestra, a professional opera, a professional ballet company, and a large concentration of historic architecture. Mobile is known for having the oldest organized Carnival/Mardi Gras celebrations in the United States. The festival began to be celebrated in the first decade of the 18th century by its first French colonial settlers. Mobile was host to the first formally organized Carnival with a parade in the United States, beginning in 1830.
The City has stunning architecture, streets lined with live oaks, public squares and numerous events and celebrations. Mobile boasts of a wealth of natural resources, unparalleled in the State: Mobile Bay, Dog River, Mobile River and the coast, not to mention various creeks and waterways that wind through the City.
Mobile is nationally recognized for its recent economic development inroads with thousands of new, well-paying jobs created in the last few years. Large, international companies are attracted to and are coming to the City of Mobile every year, with the port acting as a major draw for new industry, along with five Class 1 railroads, two major interstates and two major airports all contribute to Mobile’s desirability as a location for manufacturing and industry.
With the continued growth of Austal USA, a global ship builder and Naval ship contractor, at their Blakeley Island Facility in Mobile, the employment of thousands of workers building the Navy's advanced combat vessels is an example of the expansion of Mobile's industrial base with international companies.
The recent Airbus Commercial Airliner contract and the explosive growth, development and expansion at the Mobile Aeroplex at Brookley, is testimony to Mobile's global reach. The Aeroplex at Brookley has become a major transportation and industrial epicenter for the Central Gulf Coast. This mixed-use industrial complex offers unmatched logistical advantages, combining rail, road and water along with a state-of-the-art general aviation airport and supporting industries and businesses.
It’s thriving Downtown and reinvigorated arts and music scenes keep growing with numerous festivals throughout the year. Mobile is also home to several popular colleges and universities, such as Spring Hill College and the University of South Alabama.
The future is indeed very bright for the City of Mobile.