The Gateway team routinely works with area high schools to organize and promote job and career fairs for students. In addition, the team works with area employers to develop career paths and competencies necessary for students to learn while in school in order to be successful in the job market.  On February 23, Gateway organized a first-of-its-kind job fair where students from three schools participated in one location. The fair was held  at Foley High School with students attending from Foley High, Elberta High, and South Baldwin Christian Academy.  On the 24th a career fair was held at Gulf Shores High School with Gateway assisting to bring more than 50 businesses there to recruit.

    

     

South Baldwin Job Fairs
We are excited to bring two FREE job fairs to your attention just in time for hiring season. 
 
On Wednesday, February 23rd, juniors and seniors from Elberta High School, Foley High School, and South Baldwin Christian Academy will be able to learn about your business and apply for positions at the Foley High School Field House.
You will be asked to be available from 10:30 AM - 1:30 PM. Doors will be open for you to set up at 9:30.
Business do NOT have to provide their own table and chairs and lunch will also be provided! 
 
To register for the South Baldwin Job Fair event, please click HERE to fill out the Google Registration Form.  
 
 
 
 
The next day, Thursday, February 24th, Gateway will be helping Gulf Shores High School with a job fair for all students
at their athletic center from 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM, and specifically open to the community from 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM.
Businesses can start setting up at 8:30 AM and are encouraged to bring their own tables
and chairs, as there will not be any provided.
 
 To register for the Gulf Shores High School event, please click HERE to fill out the Google Registration Form. 
 
 
Ed Bushaw Interviews with Business Alabama at The Wharf

Gateway was a January highlight in the Business Council of Alabama's monthly magazine. They sat down with Ed Bushaw to discuss training opportunities, local business growth, and the latest updates on the South Baldwin Workforce Training Campus. Between the growing number of new residents, year round visitors, and the locals, it's easy to see where the rising numbers are coming from and the difficulties that follow this kind of rapid growth. We are excited the word is spreading and bringing awareness for our needs in south Baldwin County!

Head over to Business Alabama online to read the full article and learn more. 

Governor Ivey Announces $1 Million Hospitality Grant

 

On Wednesday, January 5, Governor Ivey announced that $1 million in funding will go towards a certification program to train new hires for the hospitality industry. By the end of January, the Alabama Community College System will launch the first Food & Beverage Course online, and offering it for FREE to Baldwin County applicants. Tuition without this grant would be $500 per person. Pete Blohme, owner of Panini Pete's, and Gateway's Ed Bushaw discusses how important it is to have this accessible training to get people of all ages into the workforce.

Watch News Coverage Here.

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!