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. 

Who knew that when the Foley Main Street district was accepted into the national main street program that less than two years later COVID-19 would strike?  Main Street America has a 40-year history of success with their strategic and comprehensive four-point approach to problem solving through innovative and entrepreneurial thinking.  By applying that formula Foley Main Street is moving forward despite COVID-19 to increase the economic vibrancy of the Foley Main Street district. 

The most fundamental resource for building a strong local economy is the presence of a highly qualified workforce that can attract new industry and sustain existing business. As a Coalition of seven education enrichment foundations, supporters of the Baldwin County Education Coalition recognize K-12 education as the “foundation” for building a qualified workforce and the single best investment for a healthier and stronger Baldwin County.

I am sure most of you reading this already appreciate the great outdoors.  I do as well.  However, even though I am the Commissioner of Conservation in Alabama and my life’s work has been to protect, provide and enhance outdoor recreation, I had taken some of what we have in Alabama for granted.