Coast Gateway Regional Economic Development Alliance



Major Highways in or near the Coastal Gateway Regional EDA area include:

  • Interstate 65
  • Interstate 20
  • Interstate 10
  • Interstate 59
  • US Hwy 80
  • US Hwy 84
  • US Hwy 43
  • US Hwy 29
  • US Hwy 31
  • State Hwy 5
  • State Hwy 10
  • State Hwy 17
  • State Hwy 21
  • State Hwy 41
  • State Hwy 47
  • State Hwy 59
  • State Hwy 69
  • State Hwy 83
  • State Hwy 113
  • State Hwy 154
  • State Hwy 177
  • State Hwy 178
  • State Hwy 295


The CGEDA area has several county and municipal airports within the five-county region, with airports offering commercial flights within a short drive from most of the region.

County Airports

  • Butler-Choctaw County Airport
  • Middleton Field
  • Monroe County Airport

Municipal Airports

  • Jackson Municipal Airport
  • Atmore Municipal Airport
  • Brewton Municipal Airport
  • Grove Hill Municipal Airport
Commercial AirportsLocation
Mobile Regional Airport Mobile, AL
Pensacola International Airport Pensacola, FL
Montgomery Regional Airport Montgomery, AL
Northwest Florida Regional Airport Eglin AFB (Fort Walton/Destin Area)
Columbus Metropolitan Airport Columbus, GA
Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport Panama City, FL
Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport Birmingham, AL


Rail service is provided by CSX, Norfolk Southern, Alabama Railroad, and Alabama &Gulf Coast Railway. There are Norfolk Southern intermodal centers located in nearby Birmingham, Ala., and Austell, Ga., near Atlanta.

Both CSX and Norfolk Southern operate Class 1 rail service north and south through the Coastal Gateway region with connections to the Port of Alabama at Mobile to the south and countless ports, rail hubs and intermodal centers to the north, east and west.

The Alabama Railroad is a short-line railroad tied to CSX with customer service as its principal focus. The Alabama & Gulf Coast Railway is also a short-line that bisects the Coastal Gateway region east and west from Columbus, Miss., to Pensacola, Fla. The Alabama & Gulf Coast Railway connects to six Class 1 railroads, requesting that they bid for shipping at very competitive rates. The AGR also has a southerly connection to the Port at Mobile.

Port Facilities

BargePort facilities are available at the Port of Alabama in Mobile, Ala., and at the Port of Pensacola, in Pensacola, Fla. The Tenn-Tom Waterway is another mode of transportation available in the area, offering direct access to national as well as international markets.

The Port of Mobile, operated by the Alabama State Port Authority, is a 4,000-acre facility boasting 41 berths and a channel depth of 45 feet in transport lanes and 40 feet in the river harbor. There are 4 million square feet of warehousing and open-yard space at the facility, and the port moved 25.3 million tons of freight during fiscal year 2013. Overall, more than 127,000 jobs are either directly or indirectly connected to port operations.

Imports and exports commonly found at the Port of Mobile include timber, heavy lift and oversized cargo, containers, coal, aluminum, iron, steel, copper, lumber, woodpulp, plywood, cement, roll-and-cut paper, chemicals and agricultural consumables.

The port maintains an extensive list of partners ready to help companies in the Coastal Gateway region smoothly move goods in and out of the area. Those partners include freight forwarders, Class I rail services, trucking and transportation companies and warehousing firms.


Trustmark Bank Building · 60 Hines Street, Suite 200 · Monroeville, AL 36460
251-248-2143 · USA: 800-915-6576 ·

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