Campaign encourages linemen to visit Mobile as thanks for their work

Mobile County

MOBILE, Ala. (WKRG) — The City of Mobile, Visit Mobile, the Downtown Mobile Alliance, and several businesses have teamed up to thank the linemen who came to Mobile in the wake of Hurricane Sally to restore power.

The campaign, ‘Thank You Linemen,’ is underway in several different cities where the linemen came from. It is a way to thank the men and women who came from all over to the Gulf Coast to restore power to the citizens of the Gulf Coast. The campaign was created to thank them and invite them back to “enjoy a city completely restored and ready for visitors.”

At least 500,000 people on the Gulf Coast were left in the dark from Hurricane Sally.

“We all felt the pain and the struggles of not having our power for the first time in about 16 years. We were really in need, and they were here to take care of us, so we would like to give them a big thank you,” said Emily Gonzalez, the Vice President of Marketing & Communications for Visit Mobile.

Billboards with the thanks are up in several different major cities, like Birmingham, Atlanta, Biloxi/Gulfport, Macon, and Mobile. In addition to the billboards, there are several different discounts offered to linemen on the Visit Mobile website.

“It was really just a way to kind of give back, say thank you to the people who came and helped after the hurricane,” said Will Kiser, the Senior Vice President of Hargrove Engineers + Constructors.

While the main goal is to thank all of the men and women who came to restore power, the secondary goal is to expose Mobile to more potential visitors.

“We’ll have all of these offers there. It is going to be a huge thank you. We have gotten a list of about just under 100 different companies that sent utility workers here. We’re gathering all of their email addresses, not just to the workers but everyone in the company who really takes care of everyone all year round. We want to invite them back, stay with us and enjoy Mobile, you helped get us back up and running you helped get the lights on, come enjoy it when it’s actually a little more fun to be here,” said Gonzalez.

All to make sure the linemen know they are appreciated.

“This is a big thank you from all of us. Not just from the city, not just from the hotels and stakeholders and stuff like that. But from the individual people. This is an opportunity for us all to come together and say thank you for people who really come and take care of us and get so little credit throughout the year,” said Gonzalez.

Mayor Sandy Stimpson’s office and the Mobile City Council have contributed to the fund for the billboards, and there is a corporate donation drive as well. There is also a GoFundMe set up for the grassroots fundraising part of the campaign, giving the general public the chance to participate in this campaign of thanks. The money raised from the GoFundMe will go to paying for the billboards.

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