Daphne offers several business park locations for area businesses providing prefabricated steel buildings, sand and gravel, filters for petro-chemical uses, manufacturing water purification equipment, gas exploration, construction of wooden cabinets, travel agencies and a variety of real estate companies. Local businesses and industries are well supported by the Eastern Shore Chamber of Commerce and the City of Daphne Industrial Development Board. Both groups provide information and support for assisting businesses and attracting new industries to our area.
Baldwin County and the rural areas outside Daphne are rich in agriculture offering an abundance of fresh produce and fruits almost year round. A variety of local produce businesses are located throughout the community. There are many family farms in the area providing local produce, pecans, cattle and dairies. There are also horse stables offering riding lessons for those interested in competitions and local horse shows.
The City of Daphne has a thriving economy with the largest majority of businesses located within Daphne zip code 36526. Daphne supports a wide variety of types of businesses ranging from software development firms to corporate headquarters to manufacturing of mining equipment.
The City of Daphne was ranked 96th in the “Top 100 Best Places to Live” by CNN/Money website. The Daphne-Fairhope micropolitian area, which includes all of Baldwin County, was recently ranked the 11th strongest micropolitian economy in the U.S. and 4th in the Southern United States. Below are some statistics about Daphne’s businesses and economic structure.
Daphne has an active economic development program guided by a Strategic Plan for Economic Development. The Industrial Development Board of the City of Daphne with the assistance of the Baldwin County Economic Development Alliance, a private, non-profit professional economic development corporation, is implementing parts of the plan, which include the development of the new Daphne Commerce and Technology Center located in the Malbis area. The Center is a public-private partnership between the Board and Spanish Trail Investments LLC and contains 225 acres located adjacent to I-10. Lot sizes in the center range from 0.8 acres to 12 acres. Other business parks in Daphne include the Daphne Commerce Park and Daphne Business Park.
For more information about Baldwin County economic development, incentives, starting a business or expanding your business go to www.baldwineda.com.