Where is the growth? It is in Baldwin County, Alabama. In 2017 Baldwin County was listed as the 11th fastest growing MSA in the U.S. Baldwin County is consistently ranked as the fastest-growing county in Alabama. Baldwin County is projected to remain one of the fastest-growing MSAs in the U.S., over the next few years and is projected to become the 4th largest county in Alabama, by 2020. Since 2010, over 93% of Baldwin County’s population growth is a result of international and domestic migration.
Downtown Foley is the perfect location for your business needs. 45 minutes from Mobile and 30 minutes to Pensacola and is nestled right at the intersection of two major thoroughfares: Hwy 98 and Hwy 59.
There is a variety of air travel options available for the businessman. The Foley Municipal Airport is a full-service FBO providing services which include maintenance, aircraft rentals and car rentals. Foley has a 3700 x 75′ North (18) – South (36) asphalt runway. Fuel (100LL) and tie downs are available. If there is need for a larger runway, Fairhope Airport is 30 minutes away with a 6,600 x 100 ft runway. Their full length taxiway can accommodate aircraft from Cessnas to large corporate jets. The Mobile International and the Pensacola International Airports are both and hour away.
Industries & Services are already finding Foley the place to expand. Collins Aerospace continues to grow on the outskirts of downtown. South Baldwin Regional Medical Center located in Foley has recently announced a $170 million-dollar major expansion and renovation to advance medical services for the growing population of Baldwin County and greater coastal Alabama.”
Just 11 miles north of Alabama’s white sand beaches, Foley’s historic downtown epitomizes old Alabama charm, with the addition of new growth, enveloped in the warmth and authenticity that defines Downtown Foley. Statistics from Gulf/Shores Orange Beach Tourism say that 96 percent of the 6 million plus beach visitors arrive by car. Studies indicate that 20,00 to 50,000 cars per day on Alabama 59 drive through Downtown Foley depending on the season. The 2019 Foley Main Street Marketing study uses Esri’s retail marketplace data to show large sales leakage from downtown which bodes well for future business growth and expansion. Whether it be for retail or dining.
Twenty-seven percent of adults in the U.S. are considering moving homes because of the COVID-19 crisis, according to a survey by the International Council of Shopping Centers, which surveyed 1,004 people over a 3-day period from May 22 to May 24, 2020. But an even greater 43% of millennials, within that group, are considering a move, the survey found. Many are looking to the suburbs and rural towns, it said.
The 2019 Foley Main Street marketing study reflects this trend with 46% of consumers surveyed said “Yes” or “Maybe” when asked, “Would you consider living in Downtown Foley?”. The City of Foley was once again a “forward thinking” city creating a multi-use overlay district for downtown as well as a golf cart district making it easier to shape the future of downtown.