ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT EFFORTS ARE BEGINNING TO BEAR FRUIT IN MOBILE COUNTY—MEANING NEW JOBS ARE BEING FILLED. NEWS 5’S BILL RIALES REPORTS…. SEVERAL HUNDRED NEW JOBS WILL BE FILLED IN THE NEXT TWO TO THREE MONTHS. WHEN CONSTRUCTION IS DONE HERE THIS WILL BE A 2 AND A HALF MILLION SQUARE FOOT WAREHOUSE—FULL OF ALL THE MERCHANDISE NEEDED TO STOCK SOME 700 WALMART STORES IN THE SOUTHEAST. THIS WALMART DISTRIBUTION CENTER IS A HUGE WIN FOR THOSE BEHIND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT. This not only represents significant economic development for Mobile County but it also represents a number of job opportunities for a lot of people. SEVERAL EAGER JOB SEEKERS WERE WAITING AS THE ALABAMA CAREER CENTER OPENED IT’S DOORS AFTER BEING CLOSED A DAY FOR THE ICY WEATHER–PEOPLE WHO WERE GLAD TO HEAR WALMART IS PREPARING TO START HIRING PEOPLE AT IT’S DISTRIBUTION CENTER IN IRVINGTON. Well i’ve stocked before, i’ve run a cash register before… JONATHAN PERRY SAYS HE’S A PAINTER BY TRADE–BUT WALMART’S DISTRIBUTION CENTER SOUNDS APPEALING. You know anything right now would help out a lot… There are a lot of opportunities, different talent that’s needed from managerial positions all the way down to hourly. WARE SAYS SHE EXPECTS A NUMBER OF PEOPLE WILL BE HIRED FOR THE WALMART DISTRIBUTION CENTER THROUGH THE ALABAMA CAREER CENTER—JUST LIKE HUNDREDS WERE FOR ANOTHER ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT JEWEL, THE AMAZON SORTATION CENTER, NOW UP AND RUNNING IN THEODORE. WALMART WILL HOLD INFORMATION MEETINGS FOR JOB SEEKERS LATER THIS MONTH BEGINNNG SATURDAY AT ALMA BRYANT HIGH SCHOOL ANOTHER SESSION WILL BE HELD JANUARY 27TH AT THEODORE HIGH SCHOOL—AND ANOTHER OPPORTUNITY TO FIND OUT ABOUT JOBS ON FEBRUARY 3RD AT BISHOP STATE. IN IRVINGTON, BILL RIALES NEWS 5.