Coastal Alabama Partnership works with many regional organizations to further our shared missions. Below are a few of our partners with whom we work most closely.
FORTIFIED is the new normal in construction and Alabama leads the nation in this innovative approach to strengthening residential housing infrastructure. The FORTIFIED HomeTM program is a national construction standard based on 20 years of scientific testing and research. The building method strengthens and protects new and existing homes from damage caused by hurricanes, high wind, hail and thunderstorms. In Alabama and Mississippi, homeowners who build or re-roof to the standard can save up to 50 percent on their wind insurance premiums.
Developed by the Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety (IBHS), FORTIFIED utilizes third-party “Evaluators” to ensure homes are built to the highest standards. These independent inspectors gather vast amounts of information about each home and document the products and methods used to construct the building. Once work is complete, the Evaluator sends the documentation to engineers at IBHS for verification and final designation as a FORTIFIED home. FORTIFIED applies a building block approach with multiple certification levels of Bronze, Silver and Gold, starting with the roof as the most important component of any building.
Visit www.smarthomeamerica.org for more information or to build FORTIFIED today.
The FORTIFIED Home program is growing thanks to the work of Smart Home America. Please contact Julie Shiyou-Woodard at firstname.lastname@example.org or (855) 742-7233 ext.1 with any questions.
Create a Clean Water Future
Create a Clean Water Future is a public service campaign to help Alabama residents learn more about stormwater runoff and its impacts; increase demand for stormwater management programs; and provide tools that empower individuals and communities to reduce polluted runoff in our waterways. The campaign was developed to address limitations of local governments to fully adopt stormwater management programs and a need to help Alabama residents understand the link between reducing polluted runoff and the preservation of a unique way of life built on Alabama’s waterways. By joining the Create a Clean Water Future campaign, you are helping protect the Alabama all of us want to pass on to future generations. Visit www.cleanwaterfuture.com for more information.
Create a Clean Water Future Campaign is facilitated by the Mobile Bay National Estuary Program along with its partners. Please contact Rick Frederick at email@example.com or (251) 380-7941 with any questions.
The Mobile-Tensaw River Delta is a natural wonder treasured by locals and visitors alike. Many are interested in ensuring the protection of its unique wilderness, biodiversity and waterways along with expanding upon its economic value. Yet, the topic of its conservation has divided the region over the years in many ways.
In an attempt to encourage consensus about the future care of the Delta, CAP, in partnership with the Delta Working Group and Dauphin Island Sea Lab (DISL), created the Delta Roundtable in June 2014. The roundtable consists of roughly 40 diverse stakeholders interested in the well-being and future of the Delta. Please see the archives below for meeting minutes and updates on the roundtable’s activities.
The Delta Roundtable is facilitated by the Delta Working Group and Coastal Alabama Partnership. Please contact Mary Mullins (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Wiley Blankenship (email@example.com) with any questions.
Regional Tourism Council
The Regional Tourism Council (RTC) was formed in 2013 in an effort to work together to promote tourism regionally. The council is comprised of eight destination marketing organizations in Mobile and Baldwin counties that are funded by lodging tax. The founding entities of the RTC are Gulf Shores and Orange Beach Tourism, Visit Mobile, Coastal Alabama Business Chamber, South Baldwin County Chamber of Commerce, South Mobile County Tourism Authority, City of Foley, North Baldwin Chamber of Commerce, and the Eastern Shore Chamber of Commerce. This is the first time the eight tourism entities have agreed to formally work together for the good of the region.
Since its creation, the council has identified objectives to better tourism opportunities and promotion for our region. These include:
- Promote the entire region as a travel destination;
- Create a regional brand that identifies diverse attractions along the Gulf Coast;
- Advocate for improved infrastructure to link the communities and attractions for easier travel;
- Identify voids in events and activities and ways to extend the tourism season beyond the typical Memorial-to-Labor Day period.
In order to promote this incredible destination Coastal Alabama Partnership (CAP) and the RTC has collaborated to create a regional tourism website. The development of this website is truly a historic task, as it is the first time Coastal Alabama has put our assets together as one. The site will provide you with a one-stop-shop of information on tourism opportunities available in our region, and it shows the world our uniqueness and the diversity of our area as a whole. Click here to learn more about tourism opportunities in Coastal Alabama.
The RTC is facilitated by Coastal Alabama Partnership. Please contact Wiley Blankenship (firstname.lastname@example.org) with any questions.
Build the I-10 Bridge Coalition
Since the late 1990s, Mobile citizens and community leaders have advocated for a bridge over the Mobile River and widening the I-10 Bayway to alleviate traffic through the Wallace Tunnel on I-10.
In 2011, the Build the Bridge I-10 Coalition was formed by the Mobile Area Chamber of Commerce to seek community support for a new bridge and widening of the I-10 Bayway from four to six lanes. In July 2014, the Coastal Alabama Partnership (CAP) joined the effort to cultivate regional support for the project by reaching out to key constituents in Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, northern Alabama and Florida.
The Coalition has worked diligently with the maritime community, elected officials and local business and industry representatives to determine the best location with the least negative impact on the regional business community and environment.
The Build the I-10 Bridge Coalition consists of many partner members, including representatives from the organizations below, Congressman Bradley Byrne and our chairmen, Mike Lee and Bill Seifert.
In 2014, the coalition partnered with CAP to develop a regional website to educate, promote and advocate the need for development of I-10 Bridge: www.buildthei10bridge.com. Please visit this website to receive latest news, analyses, and activities regarding the bridge project.
The Build the I-10 Bridge Coalition is facilitated by The Mobile Area Chamber of Commerce and Coastal Alabama Partnership. Please contact Kellie Hope (KHope@mobilechamber.com) or Wiley Blankenship (email@example.com) with any questions.