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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

Contact: Reedi Hawkins – –


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,

ADEDC hosts groundbreaking on East Albany development

February 26, 2021 > Posted in Community, Events, News, News & Events

Albany, Ga. – The Albany-Dougherty Economic Development Commission today held a groundbreaking ceremony for One Leaf Community Store, a mixed-use, community-focused retail development serving East Albany. 

The development –which will encompass a total of eight businesses including a gas station, barber shop, post office, clothing store, ice cream shop, café, restaurant and beverage store – was designed with the community’s needs in mind. 

“We’re excited about this project because it will serve to meet many needs of the surrounding area and the community as a whole,” said Jaymin Patel, Developer of One Leaf. “We choose to refer to this development specifically as a ‘community store,’ because that’s the goal, is to serve the community.”

The One Leaf Community Store is located at 1629 Clark Avenue, with close proximity to Highways 19 and 82, and will be easily accessible by East Albany residents. 

“The vision for this community store is to be a one-stop-shop for the East Albany Community, allowing this single location to meet a variety of needs, within driving, or even walking distance,” said ADEDC President and CEO Jana Dyke. “This signifies great momentum for our community in terms of retail development and service delivery, while also serving as yet another asset in one of our most essential transportation corridors”

One Leaf Community Store is projected to open by late 2021.


About the Albany-Dougherty Economic Development Commission   

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We’re Hiring – Administrative Support Manager

January 21, 2021 > Posted in News, News & Events

Albany-Dougherty Economic Development Commission

Job Description

Job Title:                      Administrative Support Manager

Reports To:                   President

Prepared By:                 Jana Dyke

Prepared Date: 1/14/21

VALUES: Passion for Albany and Dougherty County; energetic and committed work ethic; willingness to change and adapt work to meet the needs of the ADEDC.

SUMMARY: The individual shall report to the President.  This position is designed to assist the President and Board members of the Albany-Dougherty Economic Development Commission and Payroll Development Authority. The Administrative Support Manager is responsible for supporting and coordinating activities as designated by the President. The Administrative Support Manager will be a representative of the ADEDC and shall act in accordance with the provisions outlined in the organization’s policies.


  • Provide excellent customer service as first point of contact for phone, mail, digital, and visitor inquiries and serve as primary office coverage between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.
  • Schedule meetings, prepare correspondence, send notices, make reminder calls, prepare agendas, transcribe minutes of meetings for Albany-Dougherty Economic Development Commission and Albany Dougherty Payroll Development Authority
  • Draft, edit, format, and proof letters and answer correspondence
  • Coordinate schedules and appointments for the President and Project Manager 
  • Coordinate travel logistics, plans and support for ADEDC
  • Collate and assemble reports and documents for the President & Project Manager
  • Maintain new informational and statistical materials for print, electronic and website use
  • Serves as custodian of ADEDC files by maintaining all files (both paper and electronic) for the ADEDC and other appropriate files as directed
  • Assist with preparing various reports for management of budgets, grants, loans, and facilities
  • Assist in the coordination of special events for the ADEDC
  • Coordinate with various vendors to ensure staff has appropriate equipment, instructions and proper access and logins; maintain an inventory of such equipment and software; and monitor and initiate procedures for proper updating of software and business systems
  • Maintain security, integrity, and confidentiality of data
  • Manage all office support technologies/equipment/supplies
  • Attends meetings as required
  • Performs other duties as assigned by the President


Works with staff to achieve ADEDC goals and objectives


To perform the role successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty to a level of confidence. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required:

  • Keyboarding
  • Excellent internal and external customer service skills
  • Professional telephone etiquette
  • Professional appearance
  • Working knowledge of business / governmental task forces
  • Working knowledge of Albany-Dougherty County and Southwest Georgia
  • Organizational knowledge
  • Operating knowledge of technology, applications to include Word, Excel, Access, Prezi, PowerPoint and Internet
  • Experience in Adobe Design, Canva or other design program


High School Diploma. College degree preferred.


Demonstrated general knowledge of financial principles; ability to communicate orally and in written form effectively.


Demonstrated ability to anticipate and solve practical problems and resolve issues.


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Individuals may need to sit or stand as needed and may require walking primarily on a level surface for periodic periods throughout the day. Reaching above shoulder heights, below the waist or lifting as required to file documents or store materials throughout the workday; may include lifting items up to 25 pounds for moving materials, proper lifting techniques required.

The performance of this position may occasionally require exposure to manufacturing areas that require the use of personal protective equipment such as safety glasses with side shields and mandatory hearing protection. Primary work environment: ambient room temperatures, lighting and office equipment as found in a typical office environment.


Public Notice – ADEDC Board Meeting 12/16/2020

December 14, 2020 > Posted in Events, News & Events


WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 16, 2020 1:00 P.M.





Albany-Dougherty EDC board approves Jana Dyke as organization president & CEO

November 2, 2020 > Posted in News, News & Events

Albany, Ga.– The board of the Albany-Dougherty Economic Development Commission today approved Jana Dyke as the organization’s new president and CEO at a special called meeting.

Dyke is a Southwest Georgia native and has held several economic development roles over the last twenty plus years, most recently having served as executive director of the Waycross-Ware County Development Authority. 

“South Georgia is home for me,” Dyke said.  “I grew up going to school in Lee County and working in this region.  Now I want to play a role in sustaining the jobs that are already here as well as be a part of the team that builds a foundation for attracting new investments.  The opportunity to lead the organization that serves as the key point of contact for economic development in Albany and Dougherty County is an exciting challenge I look forward to.”

Dyke is a graduate of Columbia Southern University with a Bachelor of Administration and Management degree.  She currently serves as Georgia state director for the Southern Economic Development Council, the oldest and largest regional economic development association for professionals in North America.  Dyke is also a member of the Georgia Economic Developers Association, Leadership Georgia Class of 2020, Georgia Chamber of Commerce Rural Prosperity Steering Committee, board of directors of the Waycross-Ware County Chamber of Commerce, graduate of Leadership Waycross, graduate of The Georgia Academy for Economic Development, and member of the Waycross Rotary Club and Exchange Club of Waycross. 

The new executive’s start date is slated for December 1, 2020. 


About the Albany-Dougherty Economic Development Commission   

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.

Albany-Dougherty EDC, Georgia Governor Brian Kemp announce Outdoor Network expansion totaling nearly $22 million in investment and 92 new jobs

October 21, 2020 > Posted in Industry, News, News & Events

Outdoor Network Distribution Center
Outdoor Network Albany Distribution Center

Albany, Ga. – The Albany-Dougherty Economic Development Commission, together with Georgia Governor Brian Kemp, today announced the expansion of Outdoor Network in Albany, creating nearly $22 million in capital investment and 92 new jobs for the community. 

The growth stems from the consolidation and expansion of the company’s existing call center and distribution headquarters in Albany-Dougherty County, as well as the location of an advanced manufacturing operation producing 125-200 HP diesel outboard engines for OXE Diesel. 

“Outdoor Network’s continual growth in Georgia is a testament to our pro-business environment, robust logistics network, and highly skilled workforce – all of which help support the state’s manufacturing and distribution industries,” said Governor Kemp. “Our world-class economic development team remains dedicated to creating jobs for hardworking Georgians in rural Georgia, and we look forward to seeing the opportunities this creates in Albany and throughout the region.”

Headquartered in Albany, Outdoor Network has emerged as an international powerhouse dealer and distributor of marine and powersports equipment and parts, supplying renowned brands including Honda, Yamaha, Kawasaki, Polaris, Suzuki, Can-Am, Mercury, Sea Doo, Evinrude and OXE Marine Diesel Outboards.

“It has been great working with the leadership at Outdoor Network as they, once again, made the decision to ‘Choose Albany’ as the site of their expansion of existing operations, as well as the location of their new manufacturing project,” said Matt Reed, interim president of the Albany-Dougherty Economic Development Commission. “We are fortunate to have a partner like Outdoor Network investing in our community and providing well-paying jobs to the citizens of Albany and Dougherty County.”

Of the 92 new jobs, 52 will be created at the distribution and call center to be consolidated and expanded at 1601 South Slappey Boulevard – formerly the original site of MacGregor Golf, which has sat privately owned, but vacant, for more than 20 years. The new manufacturing operation of OXE diesel outboard motors will generate an additional 40 manufacturing jobs.

“We are delighted to announce the expansion of Outdoor Network here in Albany. After months of diligent efforts, the EDC has brought this project to realization,” said Albany Mayor Bo Dorough. “This is great news, as Outdoor Network will be restoring a large industrial property to productive use while creating over 90 good-paying jobs. The city is appreciative of the contributions Outdoor Network has made since coming to Albany in 2012 and is encouraged by the confidence expressed in our community with this historic commitment.”  

Outdoor Network first located to Albany-Dougherty County in 2012 with its distribution center and has since created over 230 jobs and generated over $4 million in sales tax revenue for Dougherty County and the state of Georgia. 

“Outdoor Network has continued to see growth since locating in Dougherty County, and we are proud to continue that success with this expansion,’ said Dougherty County Commission Chair Christopher Cohilas. “Doing business in Dougherty County makes sense; and Outdoor Network knows that from experience. Our talent, infrastructure and business-friendly environment positions Albany-Dougherty County to support industry at any stage and we’re excited to see this company take its next step in our community.”

“We are so pleased that Outdoor Network has chosen Albany and Dougherty County as their site for expansion and appreciate their investment in our community,” said Cynthia Georgia, ADEDC board chair. “Outdoor Network has seen the benefits of doing business in Albany firsthand, and their decision to choose our community is a testament to their experience here. Choosing Albany as the site of their new motor manufacturing operation validates our competitiveness as a business destination.” 

Senior Project Manager Tina Herring represented the Georgia Department of Economic Development’s (GDEcD) Global Commerce division on this competitive project in partnership with the Albany-Dougherty Economic Development Commission and Georgia Power.

“While we promote Georgia as a location for companies from all over the world, it makes us extremely proud to see a Georgia business grow at home. Since 2012, Outdoor Network has been creating opportunities for the people of southwest Georgia, and I want to thank them for their continued commitment to our state as we work on providing the best business climate for them to be successful,” said GDEcD Commissioner Pat Wilson. “I’m grateful to our local partners at the Albany-Dougherty Economic Development Commission who are great partners and have helped foster the state’s long-term relationship with Outdoor Network.”

Outdoor Network is the world’s largest original equipment manufacturer (OEM) distributor of marine and powersports parts, and maintains six marine and powersports dealerships across the Southeastern United States, including Powersports Plus in Albany and Boaters World in Lee County. The company has distribution facilities in Georgia and Nevada.  In 2019, Outdoor Network became the North American distributor of OXE Marine Outboard Diesel Motors, and will now be the company’s sole manufacturer of 125-200 HP motors, which will be manufactured exclusively in Albany for worldwide distribution.


About the Albany-Dougherty Economic Development Commission   

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.

About Outdoor Network

Outdoor Network is a premier dealer and distributor powerhouse with one goal in mind: to get enthusiasts back up and running without breaking the bank, whether they need a whole new machine or just the parts. Its e-commerce websites —,, and — , the world’s largest OEM distributor of marine and powersports parts, work hand-in-hand with its marine and powersports dealerships to deliver millions of genuine Honda, Yamaha, Kawasaki, Polaris, Suzuki, Can-Am, Mercury, Sea Doo and Evinrude parts directly to customers with no middleman to slow things down. Its dealerships have earned the BRP Platinum title as well as the Kawasaki Ichiban Dealer title — a reward reserved for the top 20 Kawasaki dealers in the country. Outdoor Network is also a Yamaha Five-Star powersports dealer and has been selected best-in-class every year since 2002 in Yamaha Marine. In 2019, Outdoor Network, became the distributor of OXE Marine outboard Diesel Motors and will be the sole manufacture of OXE outboard diesel motors 125 -200 HP for worldwide distribution.