Aug 26, 2010 9:43 PM by Alison Haynes

Gulf states join forces to boost economy

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Officials, organizations and businesses from
Alabama, Florida, Louisiana and Mississippi are forming a new
economic development coalition for the Gulf Coast.
Dubbed "Ready 4 Takeoff," the coalition is calling for federal
government purchases of seafood for the military, schools and other
agencies to help the Gulf seafood industry recover from the BP oil
The group also will push for the acceleration of plans for
sharing offshore oil and gas revenue with the gulf states. and for
more federal funding of rail projects in the region.
Also, the group says it is supporting efforts that would bring a
contract for construction of a $40 billion Air Force aerial tanker
to Mobile, Ala.
The group announced its plans in New Orleans on Thursday. A news
release from the organization said it will not require substantial
new government spending or new federal programs.


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