Georgia Department of Economic Developmentwww.georgia.org The Georgia Department of Economic Development markets Georgia to the world by encouraging business investment and trade, attracting tourists to Georgia and promoting the state as a go-to location for film, music, digital entertainment and the arts. The department works with local communities to advance economic development.
Georgia Centers of Innovationhttp://georgiainnovation.org/ Georgia's Centers of Innovation provides unique, technology-oriented support to businesses and start-ups in the areas of aerospace, agribusiness, energy, life sciences, logistics and advanced manufacturing. Each of the six centers provides direct access to university and technical college applied research, commercialization resources, technology connections, matching grant funds, potential investor networks and key government agencies. Client companies are connected with industry-specific experts who are on the leading edge of technology and new ideas. A common goal across all of the centers is to cut red tape, streamline connections and seek technology solutions to industry-led challenges; within this framework the centers create a pro-growth, innovative business environment for industries critical to Georgia's expansion.
University of Georgia Small Business Development Centerhttp://www.georgiasbdc.org/?page_name=albany_people The University of Georgia’s Small Business Development Center Network provides low-cost training and free consulting services, including assistance with business plan development, market analysis and marketing strategies, financial analysis, compliance and legal issues and preparation of loan submissions for individuals who want to start their own businesses or expand an existing one. The SBDC in Albany provides assistance to businesses throughout Southwest Georgia.
Georgia Institute of Technology Innovation Enterprise Institutehttp://innovate.gatech.edu/ The Georgia Institute of Technology Innovation Enterprise Institute, also knows as EI², is the largest and most comprehensive university-based program of business and economic development assistance in the United States. The institute’s overall goal is to help enterprises of all types and sizes use science, technology and innovation to improve their competitiveness – and bottom lines. The institute’s ATDC program helps Georgia entrepreneurs launch and build successful technology companies. The Enterprise Innovation Institute continues to serve Georgia manufacturers with integrated programs aimed at helping these companies become more competitive through the application of lean principles, energy management, growth techniques and related assistance. The institute also supports technology partnerships and helps connect companies to research and development, continuing education and other resources at Georgia Tech. The EI² office in Albany provides assistance to businesses throughout Southwest Georgia.
City of Albany Department of Community and Economic Developmenthttp://www.albany.ga.us/content/1798/333779/default.aspx Albany is an entitlement community responsible for administering the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and Housing Investment Partnership Program programs funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development within its strategic planning areas of Enterprise Community, the South Albany Redevelopment Area and the East Albany Urban Redevelopment Area. These strategic planning areas serve as jurisdictions where the federally-funded activities are undertaken. As an economic development tool, the department also makes available deferred and revolving loans to qualified industries.
Business Climate & Infrastructure
Albany Area Chamber of Commercewww.albanyga.com The Albany Area Chamber of Commerce has been serving the Albany area for more than 100 years. The Albany Area Chamber of Commerce is committed to promoting and stimulating the economic well being of its membership through proactive and progressive programs and services and strategic alliances while representing its members’ commercial, industrial and professional interests in major issues of economic and public policy.
Southwest Georgia Regional Commissionhttp://www.swgrdc.org/ The Southwest Georgia Regional Commission is a regional planning agency serving 14 counties and 44 cities in Southwest Georgia. The commission provides a variety of services to governments throughout the region, including the development and review of zoning and subdivision regulations; land use planning; environmental planning; economic development; GIS and mapping services; grant writing and administration; as well as human services, transportation and historic preservation.
Georgia Department of Laborhttp://www.dol.state.ga.us/ The Georgia Department of Labor provides a wide range of services to job seekers and employers, including administration of Georgia's unemployment insurance, employment service, and vocational rehabilitation programs; provision of work force information to the public and private sectors; inspection of boilers, pressure vessels, amusement park and carnival rides; and oversight of child labor issues. The Georgia Department of Labor also leads the state's implementation of the Workforce Investment Act.
Georgia Department of Community Affairshttp://www.dca.state.ga.us/ The Georgia Department of Community Affairs operates a host of state and federal grant programs; serves as the state's lead agency in housing finance and development; promulgates building codes to be adopted by local governments; provides comprehensive planning, technical and research assistance to local governments; and serves as the lead agency for the state's solid waste reduction efforts.
Albany Water, Gas & Light Commissionhttp://albanyutil.org/ The Albany Water, Gas & Light Commission is a municipally-owned and operated utility system furnishing water, gas and electricity to its broad–based customers. Albany WG&L, founded in 1892 as the Albany Water Works, is the largest municipal user in Georgia. Along with water, gas and electricity, WG&L lays fiber-optics cables to enhance the community’s telecommunications infrastructure.
Electric Cities of Georgiahttp://www.ecoga.org/ Electric Cities of Georgia provides strategic and technical services to communities with utility operations. Services are designed to maximize the performance of communities’ utilities and, to a greater extent, create successful communities with economic prosperity and opportunity. ECG provides services in operations, sales and marketing, business analysis, organizational development and economic development.
Georgia EMChttp://georgiaemc.com/ Georgia Electric Membership Corp. is the statewide trade association that serves, among others, Georgia’s 42 electric membership corporations. Georgia EMC assists membership corporations to pool their resources to gain strength and efficiency on common issues. Georgia EMC works to promote the EMCs of Georgia by providing member-focused leadership and a unified voice through advocacy, education and communication. The 501(c)(3) organization also provides economic development services.
Georgia Powerhttp://www.georgiapower.com/ Georgia Power is an investor-owned, tax-paying utility that serves 2.35 million customers in all but four of Georgia's 159 counties. The largest of four electric utilities that make up Southern Co., Georgia Power has been providing electricity to Georgia for more than a century at rates well below the national average. Georgia Power provides a broad range of economic development assistance and services to Georgia communities.
Norfolk Southernhttp://www.nscorp.com/nscportal/nscorp/ Norfolk Southern Corporation is one of the nation’s premier transportation companies. Its Norfolk Southern Railway subsidiary operates approximately 20,000 route miles in 22 states and the District of Columbia, serves every major container port in the eastern United States, and provides efficient connections to other rail carriers. Norfolk Southern operates the most extensive intermodal network in the East and is a major transporter of coal and industrial products.
OmniTRAXhttp://www.omnitrax.com/ OmniTRAX offers a collection of solutions to transportation problems. As one of North America’s largest private railroad and transportation management companies, OmniTRAX’s capabilities range from providing services to railroads, ports, intermodal and industrial switching operations. OmniTRAX also has the unique capability of offering specialized industrial development and real estate solutions – both on and off the rail network managed by OmniTRAX. It is the synergy between the business groups that makes OmniTRAX unique and helps it deliver the most value.
AT&Twww.att.com The telecommunications infrastructure in Albany-Dougherty County provides the full array of products and services that AT&T Georgia has to offer. This includes all data and broadband services. The Albany wire center is on an even par with any city in Georgia and boasts a telecommunications and data network equal to any in the nation. A variety of fiber-fed facilities provide applications to customers in a variety of disciplines including small, medium and large business, education, manufacturing and distribution, service industries, medicine and health care.
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