The Gateway Initiative
The Gateway Initiative is a rapidly evolving workforce development leader in Baldwin County, and is cutting edge, while still holding true to the core value of “business-driven programming”. This initiative is recognized and highly respected within the State of Alabama, having a foundation based on collaboration within the business community. The five-year initiative kicked-off in January 2018 as the “Gateway Initiative, One Voice, One Vision, Moving South Baldwin Forward.” Three programs of work were initiated, each with a specific mission, detailed objectives, and projected outcomes, all guided by some of the top business minds of the region.
In July of 2019, leadership from the South Baldwin Chamber of Commerce and the Coastal Alabama Business Chamber came together to expand the programming model. Collaboration between businesses, educational organizations and local municipalities within the Tri-City area is at an all-time high, and largely due to the influence of the Gateway Initiative. Workforce development, community betterment, entrepreneurship, advocacy, and business innovation are the foundational components of our program. Guided by investors and key stakeholders, what the community needs NOW is provided by the Gateway team, and evolves as the economy demands.