Due to COVID19, the Gateway Initiative was forced into a full-time business advocacy role to provide vital information and resources to our investors to help them navigate to the “New Normal”.

As businesses have come back on-line, the Gateway Initiative has pivoted back to its mission of providing programming to accelerate business growth. An example of this programming is evident in the work we are doing with Plasmine Technology, Inc. in Bay Minette.

Ed Bushaw and Sally Westendorf at the Gateway Initiative have always had a passion for career and technical education especially when it comes to hospitality. In fact, every time I am in South Baldwin County I visit a new venue that they suggest. Thanks to them I have had the good fortune of fulfilling my guilty pleasure of fried seafood at Wolf Bay, pretending I am still young at the Hang Out and I have enjoyed the fine dining at Voyagers.

SBA Administrator Jovita Carranza and U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin issued the following statement today following the enactment of the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Flexibility Act:

“We want to thank President Trump for his leadership and commend Leader McConnell, Leader Schumer, Speaker Pelosi, and Leader McCarthy for working on a bipartisan basis to pass this legislation for small businesses participating in the Paycheck Protection Program.

When it comes to legendary families of Baldwin County, we would surely be remiss if we did not mention the Holk family.  Their story began thanks to a Chicago newspaper ad promising a sunny, favorable climate by the Magnolia Springs Land Company Development.  Two brothers, George and Arthur Holk, packed their families and headed south to Magnolia Springs, Alabama in 1905 where they opened a general merchandise store and bought “The Magnolia” – a riverboat to bring supplies, flour, sugar, and coffee in 100 lb sacks from Mobile.   

Join the Baldwin County Economic Development Alliance for a conversation with Lieutenant Governor Will Ainsworth on the economic impact of COVID-19 and the path toward recovery for Baldwin County and the State of Alabama.