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Wiley C. Blankenship

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President and Chief Executive Off...

Coastal Alabama Partnership
1 S. Royal Street, 2nd Floor
Mobile, Alabama 36602
United States


Employment History

  • President
    Coastal Gateway Economic Development Authority
  • President and Chief Executive Officer
    Coastal Gateway Economic Development Authority
  • President
    Coastal Gateway EDA
  • President
  • Director, Center for International Business and Economic Development - Troy University
    Troy University
  • President and Chief Executive Officer
    Coastal Gateway Ec. Dev. Authority

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-- Wiley Blankenship, ..., 10 June 2014 [cached]
-- Wiley Blankenship, president and CEO of the Coastal Alabama Partnership, discusses a meeting between mayors and county commissioners to collectively envision Coastal Alabama's future.
Leadership - Board of Directors & Founding Entities | Coastal Alabama, 26 Mar 2014 [cached]
are guided and coordinated by Wiley Blankenship, President and CEO.
Local Economy 2008, 4 June 2008 [cached]
Wiley Blankenship, president of the Coastal Gateway Economic Development Authority, which includes six southwest Alabama counties, acknowledged that no companies are scouting the scene for possible expansions.
"We can't afford to stop marketing, though, because eventually better times will come and we need our name out there," Blankenship said.
Coastal Gateway will be working with recruiters for Mobile and Baldwin counties to take advantage of successes there, he said.
Blankenship explained that the region has built-in weaknesses.
News [cached]
Lakeside Steel Alabama will be a great addition to the industrial base we already have in the area and will help to diversify the economy in the region, said Wiley Blankenship, Coastal Gateway EDA President. Blankenship continued, "We are excited to have landed one of the firsts spin-off projects associated with ThyssenKrupp and are continuing to actively work on other related projects."
Coastal Gateway Economic Development Agency [cached]
Blankenship continued, "It's a great day.
"Coastal Gateway would like to thank all of our industries that participated in the tournament and made it such a big success," said CGEDA President Wiley Blankenship.
CGEDA president Wiley Blankenship met with officials in Conecuh and Monroe Counties recently to discuss current projects as well as recruitment efforts to bring industry to the region. Blankenship went before the Conecuh County Commission on Monday, June 11 to give them an update on the efforts of CGEDA.Blankenship was joined by local Economic Developer Daryl Harper.
Blankenship told the commissioners CGEDA currently has over 1,200 acres under option for development in Conecuh County. This is a tremendous gain because in the past developers have been subjected to increased land prices when interest is shown in property.Blankenship added that several projects are underway in the area, including the development of the property at I-65 and Highway 84.According to Blankenship, CGEDA has been and will continue to target the aviation industry for possible industrial growth.One big asset in this concern is the property in close proximity to Evergreen's Middleton Field Airport. Blankenship also gave a presentation to the Monroe County Commission on Tuesday, June 12.
Blankenship updated the Monroe County commissioners on how CGEDA is promoting Monroe County to industrial and retail businesses around the world.Blankenship pointed out that one of the county's strengths is the Monroe County Airport, which he referred to as a "killer of an airport"."You have over 6,000 feet of runway and that's just not found in rural counties this size," he said.He said the county could enhance the airport's marketability to industrial prospects by acquiring additional property adjacent to the airport for expansion and industrial sites.
Blankenship also suggested the county and the City of Monroeville consider working together to expand the Monroeville Industrial Park by adding at least 100 acres."There's only about 25 acres left at the park," Blankenship said."We need another 100 acres at least."He said the county may even want to look at splitting the cost of constructing another speculative building at the park with the city when the present spec building is sold."We only have three spec buildings in the region now," he said."We have a 30,000 sq. ft. building here (Monroeville), a 25,500 sq. ft. building in Brewton and an 18,000 sq. ft. building in Evergreen.Atmore is planning to build a 50,000 sq. ft. building near Interstate 65."Blankenship also suggested city and county leaders should consider developing retail districts similar to the ones Conecuh County has developed.Blankenship will give a presentation to the Escambia County Commission on July 23 in Brewton.
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