Published: Aug 26, 2010 9:34 PM EDT
Updated: Aug 26, 2010 6:34 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Officials and organizations from Alabama, Florida, Louisiana and Mississippi are forming a new economic development coalition.

Dubbed "Ready 4 Takeoff," the new coalition is calling for, among other things, federal government purchases of seafood for the military, schools and other agencies to healp the Gulf seafood industry recover from the BP oil spill.

Also, the group says its supporting efforts that would bring a $40 billion Air Force tanker construction contract to Mobile, Ala.