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Thrush Aircraft announces 100 new jobs, features in ADEDC ‘#MadeInAlbanyGA’

April 26, 2017 > Posted in Industry, News, News & Events

For Immediate Release

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April 26, 2017



Albany, GA – The Albany-Dougherty Economic Development Commission announced today that Thrush Aircraft, an Albany manufacturer specializing in aerial application aircraft, would create 100 new jobs in Albany-Dougherty County to support the growing demand for the company’s agricultural, patrol and forestry airplanes.

The announcement came at Thrush’s campus during the monthly board meeting of the Albany-Dougherty Economic Development Commission (ADEDC), which in September 2016 kicked off its existing industry tour and #MadeInAlbanyGA industry marketing campaign. The highly successful campaign focuses on an existing industry each month. Today, the Albany-Dougherty EDC launched its April segment featuring Thrush.

“Being ‘Made in Albany’ has helped enable Thrush’s success,” said Payne Hughes, president of Thrush Aircraft. “We see our job as being there to help our customers do their jobs better; success for one brings success for the other, and collaboration is necessary to make that happen. The same can be said for producing our airplanes in Albany. Thrush is proud of the expansions we have been able to accomplish with the help of the Albany-Dougherty EDC. We’re very excited about Thrush’s future in the aviation industry and in this community.”

Hughes says the expansion is due to worldwide growth in the agricultural equipment industry, along with the addition of two new product lines- the reproduction of a 700 gallon agricultural plane known as the Thrush 710, and a newly developed patrol model designed for military purposes.

Today there are more than 2,100 Thrush aircraft operating in some 80 countries around the world, most of which are the Thrush 510 model, powered by either the new GE H80 turbine engine or the Pratt and Whitney 34 turbine engine.

Thrush airplanes have been produced in Albany since 1965 under several corporate names, and the company today employs more than 270 people. During the next three years, Thrush has committed to creating 100 new jobs – bringing its total work force to nearly 400 – primarily in production and quality control.

“This is a great announcement for Thrush and for Albany and Dougherty County,” said ADEDC President Justin Strickland. “The Albany-Dougherty EDC places a strong emphasis on working closely with its existing industries, which account for up to 80 percent of job growth in communities. Thrush is an incredible company to work with and they are a committed stakeholder in our community. They’ve seen the value of doing business in Albany, and the decision to continue investing in the community through job growth is a testament to our capability as a manufacturing location, and to the strength of workforce.”

Last week, as part of Albany-Dougherty Industry Celebration Week and its annual ADEDC Industry Awards, the agency presented Thrush with the Global Commerce Award for its consistent and significant growth in markets across the world.

To learn more about Thrush, visit Applications for the announced jobs can be found online at


The Albany-Dougherty Economic Development Commission is a public-private partnership whose mission is to foster new investment and job creation through the recruitment, retention and expansion of industry for Albany-Dougherty County.

The #MadeInAlbanyGA campaign, which features an existing industry each month, is an expansion on the award-winning video of the same title, produced by the ADEDC in 2014. The expanded 2016-2017 campaign includes both print and digital components, which can be seen on the ADEDC’s Facebook, Instagram and Twitter pages, and on its Web site,

Coffee + Conversation: December 8

November 11, 2021 > Posted in Events, News & Events

The Albany-Dougherty Economic Development Commission invites you to join us for “Coffee + Conversation” on Wednesday, December 8 from 8 a.m. – 9 a.m. at The Candy Room located at 125 Pine Ave, to discuss tools and resources available to help your business grow.

The event is free, and open to both current and aspiring business owners and representatives.

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Southwest Georgia Regional Job Fair to connect employers and job seekers throughout region

October 12, 2021 > Posted in News, News & Events

Albany, Ga. – To connect Southwest Georgia residents with career opportunities throughout the region, the Albany-Dougherty Economic Development Commission, Albany Convention and Visitors Bureau, and Albany Area Chamber of Commerce are joining forces with the Flint River Entertainment Complex to lead a regional career placement initiative by hosting the Southwest Georgia Regional Job Fair on November 9 at the Albany Civic Center from 2 p.m. – 7 p.m.

The job fair will feature regional employers seeking candidates for current job vacancies. Employer booths are $50 for a 10×10 booth which includes a table, two chairs, piping and draping, with an additional $25 for power connection. All employers interested in participating can register at

“Southwest Georgia is ripe with qualified, hardworking talent, looking for the next right step in their career,” said ADEDC President and CEO Jana Dyke. “Similarly, we have many employers with available positions across a wide variety of industry sectors. In order to bridge this gap between talent and opportunity, we are coming together with our local and reginal partners to produce the ultimate job-placement event in the Southwest Georgia Regional Job Fair.” 

Job seekers attending the event will get an opportunity to speak with prospective employers in the financial services, health care, hospitality, non-profit, government and manufacturing sectors, to name only a few. Individuals attending the fair in hopes of securing employment should come professionally dressed with printed copies of a current resume, and be prepared for on-the-spot interviews.

“For almost a century, Georgia Power has been helping hometowns across the state grow and prosper. A huge part of that work is supporting initiatives like this job fair, connecting companies with local talent. Full employee parking lots make us proud, and I am proud to support those efforts and this region of the state,” said Scott Purvis, Georgia Power Community and Economic Development Manager for the southern region. 

For job seekers interested in attending the job fair, but who have limited transportation, the Albany Transit System has partnered with organizers to offer FREE bus fares for those traveling to the event. 

The event is free to attendants, and registration is not required. 

In addition to local partners, the event is sponsored and hosted in partnership by Georgia Power, Georgia EMC, Camilla Chamber of Commerce, Imagine Thomasville, Lee County Chamber of Commerce, Mitchell County Development Authority, Sumter County Development Authority, Sylvester-Worth County Chamber of Commerce, and Terrell County Board of Commissioners. 

Georgia Department of Labor and Macon Employer Committee to co-host “Employers in the Know 2021” business summits

October 7, 2021 > Posted in News, News & Events

SEPTEMBER 28, 2021

Atlanta, GA – The Georgia Department of Labor (GDOL) and the Macon Employer Committee will co-host the “Employers in the Know 2021” business summits.

These summits are designed to provide managers, human resources professionals, business owners, and supervisors with tips for handling management, compliance and operational effectiveness challenges COVID-19 has caused in the 2021 workplace.

This annual event, “Employers in the Know 2021”, provides an opportunity to:

  • Hear from Commissioner of Labor Mark Butler as he discusses ways to overcome workforce challenges during a pandemic.
  • Receive valuable information about Employer Filed Claims from an Unemployment Insurance expert.
  • Get information from a Labor Law expert that helps with planning your business policies and actions in this complex legal and regulatory business environment.
  • Examine the five biggest trends facing today’s workplace, what employers should understand about them and how businesses can take action moving forward.

Virtual summits are scheduled from 9:00 AM – 3:30 PM via Zoom. This event has been pre-approved for five (5) Professional Development Credits under SHRM-HRCI. The cost to register is $40.

Select here to register for the summit scheduled November 9, 2021

Select here to register for the summit scheduled November 16, 2021

4C Academy Selected as College and Career Academy of the Year

October 7, 2021 > Posted in News, News & Events

LaGrange, GA, October 6, 2021 — The Commodore Conyers College and Career Academy (4C Academy) has been selected as the 2021 College and Career Academy of the Year. The announcement was made at the Lt. Governor’s Annual Business and Education Summit where the 4C Academy was recognized for its strong community partnerships, its growing internship program, and its innovative project-based learning initiatives. The 4C Academy was selected by the Lt. Governor’s office from a group of four very deserving finalists, according to Mark Peevy, Assistant Commissioner with the Technical College System of Georgia.

Accepting the award on behalf of the 4C Academy was Chris Hatcher, CEO, Angie Gardner, Principal, and Kenneth Dyer, Superintendent of the Dougherty County School System. “This award is a testament to the strong partnerships and teamwork that we have in our community,” stated Hatcher. “We are so fortunate to have a dedicated board of directors and a committed group of instructors who are focused on developing talent and preparing students for success.”

Lt. Governor Geoff Duncan was the Keynote Speaker at the Business and Education Summit and applauded the 50 plus college and career academies for their work in helping make Georgia the number one state in which to do business for the eighth straight year. Duncan shared his vision for making Georgia the technology hub of the east coast with the attendees, made up of college and career academy executives/boards, statewide business/industry leaders, and local and state education officials. He encouraged the college and career academies to continue to innovate and leverage technology as they prepare students for the future.

Dougherty County School Superintendent Kenneth Dyer commented on the award saying, “It has been exciting to see the evolution of the 4C Academy as we continue to push for innovation and relevancy in education. It is our goal to provide multiple options for our high school students to learn and grow, and 4C is making a tremendous impact by preparing students, connecting them with our local business community, and exposing them to opportunities right here in Albany. We are certainly proud of 4C and look forward to continued success.”

Chandu Kuntawala, Chairman of the Board of the 4C Academy, was also excited about the award, “This award represents the culmination of the foundation that was laid 7 years ago, with the incredible work and achievements that the leadership, staff, and team have achieved since then. I have said it from the beginning, 4C is a ‘game changer’ for our community and it remains true today. It is great to be recognized by the Lt. Governor’s office and we are very proud of the 4C Academy and this accomplishment.”

Lt. Governor Geoff Duncan’s Third Annual Business and Education Summit took place on October 5th at the THINC College and Career Academy in LaGrange. Industry and community leaders, as well as state and local education officials joined the Lt. Governor for a one-day conference aimed at furthering the dialogue around transformative education initiatives that will build a workforce second to none.

About 4C Academy:

The mission of the Commodore Conyers College & Career Academy is to produce college and career-ready graduates with relevant skills and education and exceptional work ethic who can compete and succeed in the real world. Our partners include local business and industry, the Dougherty County School System, Albany Technical College, Albany State University, the Albany/Dougherty Economic Development Commission, and the Albany Area Chamber of Commerce. In addition, we have partnered with the Calhoun, Terrell, and Baker County School Systems.


Credit: Dougherty County School System and 4C Academy

Coffee + Conversation: POSTPONED

August 11, 2021 > Posted in Events, News & Events

The September 8 Coffee + Conversation event is postponed until further notice

The Albany-Dougherty Economic Development Commission has postponed the September 8 Coffee + Conversation event until further notice. Please stay tuned for a rescheduled date, as we hope you will join us for this series of informative sessions, providing insight on how the ADEDC can assist your business at any stage in its growth.