The official website of the City of Semmes, Alabama.

Key Advantages

The Official Website of Semmes, AL

Semmes/Mobile County/Alabama Key Advantages

          Alabama is a state that offers a multitude of advantages for those wanting to operate a business in the state. It’s a perfect place to build, expand, or start a new business. Alabama’s cost of living ranks below the national average, and it’s state, and local tax burden is one of the lowest in the nation. The City of Semmes’s tax rate is 3%, one of the lowest in Mobile County.


          Alabama is a great place to raise a family with the median sale price for homes at 28% less than the national average.


          Alabama’s K-12 education system has implemented one of the most stringent graduation standards in the nation and is the only state-level educational agency in the nation to receive certification from the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) for its Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs. In addition to having the state’s largest Advanced Placement program, Mobile County Public Schools has 12 Signature Academies with career-oriented curriculums based on current and projected job openings in Mobile County. Areas of focus include advanced information technology, aerospace, coastal studies, engineering, health, international studies, manufacturing and maritime.

          There are an abundance of colleges and vocational schools along the Gulf Coast and in Mobile to include, Mobile College, Springhill College, the University of South Alabama, Faulkner State, and Bishop State Community College. The City of Semmes has recently partnered with Bishop State to offer classes in the Semmes area at The Municipal Fire Training Center which will begin in January 2018.

Climate and Resources

          With an abundance of natural resources, and natural and scenic destinations, Alabama has the mild weather to compliment vacations, everyday life, or business trips.

Culture and Recreation

          Alabama, Mobile, and the eastern shore is home to a vibrant arts and cultural scene (Fairhope), beautiful parks, botanical gardens (Mobile Botanical and Bellingrath), and a great selection of live music and theater venues.


          Healthcare options include top-ranked hospitals, a medical school, and the first academic cancer research institute in the upper Gulf Coast region.

Business Edge

          The tax burden in Alabama is one of the lowest in the Unites States. It boasts one of the lowest overall cost structures, making it one the country’s most competitive states.

          AIDT (Alabama Industrial Development Training) is often referred to as Alabama’s No. 1 incentive. AIDT is designed to train a company’s entire workforce to company specifications at no cost. The regions labor pool is vast with Alabama’s education systems working in conjunction with Alabama workforce development agencies to meet area workforce needs.

          The City Of Semmes’s close proximity to Mobile, (Alabama’s Port City), provides accessibility to both domestic and international markets. Companies also have easy access to east, west, and northern interstate systems in the Region.

Brandon Van Hook            Mayor 

City Hall Address:

One Main Street
Semmes, AL 36575

Phone: (251) 649-8811

Fax: (251) 649-7711

Office Hours:
Monday – Friday
8:00 am to 5:00 pm