The health and safety of everyone who lives, works, and visits our community is a top concern as restrictions are lifted and Baldwin County resumes its role as Gateway to the Gulf for so many Alabamians, southeasterners, and guests from around the world. Gulf Shores & Orange Beach Tourism and the Gateway Initiative have partnered to present our industry partners and key stakeholders with a set of resources to help employers decide how they can encourage workforce vaccinations.

Friday, March 5, 2021 – Foley, Alabama: The Gateway Initiative, a workforce and entrepreneurial development initiative driven by the South Baldwin Chamber of Commerce and the Coastal Alabama Business Chamber, welcomes a new team member, Tyler Morgan Brunson, as Program Coordinator for the Gateway Initiative.

 

The National Restaurant Association recently completed a national survey of its membership, asking independents and franchises what impact the Raise the Wage Act would have on their recovery efforts and plans for 2021. The Raise the Wage Act is currently being considered for inclusion in the next stimulus bill. "Tipped servers will lose with the end of a system that allows them to make $19-$25 an hour in tips under the current tip credit system."

The Baldwin County Chamber Coalition serves as the collaborative voice of the five Baldwin County Chambers of Commerce aiming to promote and protect the collective interests of 3,500 businesses and 74,000 employees in Coastal Alabama. The Coalition advocates for local issues that matter most for the economic prosperity and quality of life for our local businesses and residents.

Gateway Investors who make up our restaurant consortium routinely come together to help our community in many ways.  A few weeks ago the group decided to plan an appreciation event for our Health Care Heroes at South Baldwin Regional Medical Center.