Posted May 23, 2017
Note: This blog is part of an ongoing effort to help our members get to know their South Baldwin Chamber Board of Directors.
For Bob Higgins, it’s all about bringing people together.
Since founding Higgins & Associates in 2001, he has worked through his business and with community partners to address common problems such as workforce development.
Higgins became involved with the chamber in 2002 when he joined the Baldwin County Economic Development Alliance, managing its Baldwin County Virtual Business Incubator. He has been on the chamber board for the last four years, now serving as chair of the Education and Workforce Committee.
“What I think I bring to that table is experience,” he said.
As part of the area’s Coastal Resiliency Coalition, on which he serves as chairman, he has worked with member businesses after tropical events and the BP oil spill.
“I also was the founding chair of the Southwest Alabama Workforce Development Council and spent years working with all of the chambers on workforce issues like recruiting, housing and transportation,” he said.
“I’m involved in a broad range of organizations across our region and statewide,” Higgins said. “I’ve been able to use examples that our businesses have shared with me with those organizations and have been able to bring some of what’s available from those organizations back.”
For example, he said the South Baldwin Chamber was the first in the state to make use of the Connect to Business module in Alabama’s Career Planning System for middle and high school students.
Higgins enjoys the opportunity to work with and learn from other business and community leaders.