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Business and Industry

Tourism is a major industry in Baldwin County. About 4.9 million travelers visited in 2011, producing $2.6 billion of income. According to the State of Alabama Department of Labor, in the combined counties of Baldwin, Escambia, Monroe, Clarke, Choctaw, Washington, Mobile and Conecuh, service-related industries are the top performers. Second in line for top service-oriented industry is retail trade. The retail industry will continue to grow with the recent construction of millions of square feet of retail space and future plans to build more space.

Manufacturing is another major industry for the area. A well-established transportation network of rail systems, airports, interstates, inland waterways and deep-water ports benefit businesses by providing efficient distribution points for their goods. Therefore, this area is fast becoming a hot spot for industry location.

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North Baldwin County is the home of the South Alabama Megasite, a 3,000 acre certified site that offers businesses the opportunity to benefit from the excellent transportation links and shovel ready industrial sites. For more information visit www.southalabamamegasite.com. A multitude of resources exist for companies to start, boost or relocate their business through financing options and supplemental education and training. In addition to bank loans, grants, tax incentives, bonds and other non-traditional loans are available to supplement funding.

Manufacturers like Goodrich Aerospace and Standard Furniture are mainstays on the county’s manufacturing scene. This offers employment opportunities in manufacturing plants and the transportation and trade sectors.

Non-manufactures in Baldwin County are very important sources of employment. Baldwin County retailer, Wal-Mart holds the number two spot for the top 10 non-manufacturers in the county. However, it is the Baldwin County Board of Education that has the highest employment rate in the county.

In collaboration with the state’s community college system, Alabama Industrial Development Training (AIDT) provides quality workforce development for Alabama’s new and expanding businesses. It also expands opportunities for citizens through the jobs these businesses create. Programs like The Adult Training Program, CISCO Networking Training Academy and the Alabama Works Program also provide valuable training and education.

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