The Gateway staff routinely teams up with our training partners to offer world-class training to our investor businesses. We have had great success working with the Alabama Technology Network represented by Harry Cecil to write grants through the state's Existing Industry Training Program (EITP). "Over the past several months we have been able to offer training to three member businesses at no cost thanks to this grant opportunity", said Tyler Morgan of the Gateway team.

The training program is conducted through Auburn University's Technical Assistance Center offered through their school of business. "So far this year we have offered a six-course training package to Spectrum Resorts, Wolf Bay Lodge Restaurants, Panini Pete's Restaurants", added Morgan. 

If you would like to learn how your business can take advantage of this opportunity please reach out to Tyler at tyler@gatewayinitiative.com  

 

Gulf Coast Marine Trades Association Presentation
 
 
The Gateway staff teamed up with Dr. Josh Duplantis, Dean of Workforce Development at Coastal Alabama Community College to update the regional marine trades industry on Gateway Initiative's workforce and leadership training projects and the new marine technology program offered at the college. The Marine Trades association is made up of boat and yacht dealers, suppliers and repair companies located along the Central Gulf Coast.
Salary and Benefit Survey
 
 
Every two years, the Gateway Initiative conducts a Salary and Benefit Survey for South Baldwin County. Our 2021 survey (administered in November), results are attached here in aggregate form for your review and benefit. The survey results report on full-service hotels, select service hotels, vacation rental management companies, restaurants, golf, and attractions. The objective of this survey is to provide your business with current, local data for your human resource planning prior to spring break 2022. 
 
 
Please direct any questions pertaining to the survey to Ed Bushaw at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
Principals' Luncheon with Gateway

As the end of the month approaches to launch our new job board, Gateway to Career Connections, we need job seekers to build profiles and are working hard to market this to high school students and employers. Gateway presented to the principals in south Baldwin County to get their teachers and students 16 and older excited about finding summer jobs or internship opportunities in our area. 

We also presented our new partnership with Talk Hiring, a software company that promotes job readiness with virtual mock interviews. We are hoping to help our students understand that in order to get jobs with career-growth and good pay, they must learn how to interview well. 

Dr. Josh Duplantis, Dean of Workforce Development for Coastal Alabama Community College, presented to the principals on programs that Coastal offers such as dual enrollment, building maintenance, the Collins program, and apprenticeship.


Workforce Housing Survey

 

For nearly 10 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 the State of Alabama for a workforce campus in South Baldwin County.  This campus will include short term rental housing for 2,000 people, an extended hour child care facility, a transportation hub, along with an education component to include a two and a four year college. 

The Gateway Team is working with Opportunity Alabama to develop a comprehensive proforma for investment for the South Baldwin Workforce Development campus. As part of the data collection required, we are surveying employers to gather the following information:

  • Zip codes of current employees and those who worked in 2021 to determine commuting patterns
  • Data on housing currently provided or subsidized for employees by the employer including rents charged 
  • Employers interest in subsidizing employee housing proposed on the South Baldwin Workforce Campus   
"We are very pleased with the participation in our survey thus far" said Tyler Morgan of the Gateway team. "Our businesses have a keen understanding of the workforce housing shortage in South Baldwin and want to be part of finding a solution."