Letters of Support
For nearly six months a team of tourism, chamber, workforce and education professionals have been working on a plan to bring critical resources to our area to enhance our workforce.  We have prepared a proposal to request American Rescue Plan funds from both the Economic Development Administration and the State of Alabama for a workforce campus in South Baldwin County.  This campus will provide dormitory housing for 2,000 workers, an extended-hour childcare center for 200 children, a fixed route transportation center and college training facilities. We have dubbed this project the South Baldwin Workforce Training Campus, and have attached a conceptual site plan for your reference if unfamiliar. 

A critical element of our proposal is to include letters of support from businesses and organizations like yours to our county/state representatives and senators.

CLICK HERE to access the sample letter of support.

It is imperative to the success of this campus that you please send it to elected officials on behalf of your business. You will see highlighted areas on the letter where we ask that you please insert your logo, business name, and signature. To avoid asking you to edit and resend this letter to 9 different people, we have addressed the letter recipient as "Dear Representatives and Senators." 

Below are the links to each elected official's email who will be able to share our voices and bring this and fight for this American Rescue Plan funding in our community.
 
Representative Steve McMillan - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 
Representative Alan Baker - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 
Representative Joe Faust - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 
Representative Harry Shiver - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 
Representative Matt Simpson - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 
Representative Danny Garrett - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 
Senator Greg Albritton - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 
Senator Chris Elliott - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 
Senator Arthur Orr - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 
 
 
We thank you in advance for taking the time to understand this project's importance and ask our legislators to fight for this funding. Our community and economy as a tourist destination depends on it. If you know of businesses not affiliated with the Gateway Initiative or our Chambers of Commerce, please share and ask them to advocate with us!
Wage and Benefit Survey


 Every two years, the Gateway Initiative conducts a Wage & Benefit Survey for Hospitality & Tourism and Retail businesses in Baldwin County. 

The purpose of the survey is twofold: 1) To provide your business with the most accurate and current data necessary for you to compare your wages and benefits
to others in the region, and 2) to provide Gateway with data necessary to advocate for state workforce dollars needed for education and training.

Rest assured that your responses to the survey will be confidential and the results will be published in an aggregate form only. 

This survey will close on
Friday, January 14th, 2022

Please choose the survey that directly corresponds to your business so that we can accurately represent each category.

 

Restaurants

 

Resort/Full Service Hotels

 

Limited Service Hotels 

 

Retail

 

Golf

 

Attractions

 

Vacation Rentals

 

 

2022 Legislative Agenda Survey
 
 It's time, once again, for you to make your voice heard and help the Baldwin County Chamber Coalition develop the
 
As you know, the five Chambers of Commerce in Baldwin County have come together to form the Baldwin County Chamber Coalition 
with a goal of speaking with a unified voice to our legislative delegation.
 
We would like your input and encourage your participation in a ten-minute survey to help us develop a county-wide Legislative Agenda for 2022.
 
Thank you in advance for your assistance and please share this with your fellow business leaders.
 
This survey will close on
Thursday, December 23, 2021
 
Perdido Beach Resort Named to Inc.’s 2021 Best in Business List in Travel and Hospitality
 
Perdido Beach Resort has been named to the Inc. 2021 Best in Business list in the Travel and Hospitality category. Inc.’s Best in Business Awards honor companies that have gone above and beyond to make a positive impact. The list, which can be found in the Winter issue of Inc. magazine (on newsstands December 14), recognizes small- and medium-size privately held American businesses that have had an outstanding influence on their communities, their industries, the environment, or society as a whole.
 
Scott Omelianuk, editor-in-chief of Inc., says, “What began for us during the pandemic as an
effort to showcase companies that were helping the community has grown into a recognition of
social, environmental, and economic impact. The companies on this year’s list are changemakers with heart – and they’re pouring the best of their business into the people and
communities around them.”
 
Rather than relying on quantitative criteria tied to sales or funding, Inc.’s editors reviewed the
companies’ achievements over the past year and noted how they made a positive difference in
the world. They then selected honorees in more than 49 different industries – from finance to software to engineering to fashion, and more – and in age-based and revenue-based categories. The applicant pool was extremely competitive, with around 2,700 entries and an
acceptance rate in the low single digits – a huge success for these honors in the list’s second year. Honorees for gold, silver, bronze, and general excellence across industries and categories are featured online at inc.com/best-in-business.
 
Perdido Beach Resort Receives Multiple "Best of Baldwin" Awards:
  1. Chef: Brody Olive, Voyager's at Perdido Beach Resort
  2. Hotel: Perdido Beach Resort:
  3. Romantic Restaurant at the Beach: Voyager's at Perdido Beach Resort
  4. Romantic Restaurant: Voyager's at Perdido Beach Resort

Recently, The Gateway Initiative team visited Gulf Shores High School (GSHS) to speak to sophomores, juniors, and seniors enrolled in technical education courses.  “The topic of the day was career path opportunities with businesses right here in Baldwin County”, said Tyler Morgan of the team.  “Students learned about career technical education programs offered through Coastal Alabama Community College (CACC) in both short term and associate degree opportunities as well as pre-apprenticeship and apprenticeship”.

We discussed new programs in marine technology and construction trades offered in dual enrollment at CACC’s Foley campus as well as existing programs in lodging, culinary arts, and restaurant management.  “The Gateway Team is always available to work with our students on their career path” said Kristen Madsen, technical education teacher for GSHS. “It’s always beneficial when industry professionals make themselves available to guide our students to a solid plan for their education and training”.