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Georgia Chamber’s ‘Georgia Quail Hunt’ celebrates 30th anniversary

February 8, 2018 > Posted in News, News & Events

For Immediate Release

Contact: Reedi Hawkins

February 8, 2018

Albany, Ga. – Twenty-seven site selection professionals arrived in Southwest Georgia this week to learn about doing business in Georgia while enjoying some of the best quail hunting in the nation during the Georgia Chamber of Commerce’s 30th annual Georgia Quail Hunt in Albany. 

The hunt, which is sponsored each year by the Georgia Chamber of Commerce, Georgia Allies, the Albany-Dougherty Economic Development Commission and Locate South Georgia, pairs statewide business and economic development leaders with guests whose companies or clients are looking to move to or expand in Georgia so they may learn first-hand about the state’s numerous benefits for businesses.

Georgia Governor Nathan Deal was on hand for the event.

“I’m excited to join members of the Albany community and business leaders for the 30th annual Georgia Quail Hunt,” said Deal. “The Albany-Dougherty region is essential to Georgia’s economy and this event is a great way to showcase much of what Southwest Georgia has to offer. During this event, we hope to highlight opportunities in the region and further accentuate that Georgia is the best state for business. I’m looking forward to a productive outing and another good hunt in Albany.”

The hunt utilizes various hunting preserves throughout Southwest Georgia and is based primarily out of Albany.

“In Albany-Dougherty County, we believe collaboration is key. The Georgia Quail Hunt, hosted in Albany for 30 years, is a testament to that principle as an incredible collaboration between local, regional, state and corporate partners,” said Justin Strickland, president of the Albany-Dougherty Economic Development Commission. “Having the opportunity to host this broad range of partners in Albany each year gives us the chance, not only to connect and network with one another, but to show off our skilled work force, infrastructure, low costs of doing business and other assets that make this an attractive location for industry locations and expansions.”

Such collaboration is largely to credit for Georgia’s consistent recognition by industry experts as the nation’s top state for business.  

“This year’s 30th anniversary of the Hunt marks a milestone for Georgia and the southwest region,” said 2018 Georgia Quail Hunt Chairman Daryl Ingram, senior vice president of Electric Cities of Georgia. “Economic growth benefits every citizen and every industry sector. That is the objective of this event, which brings together public and private business leaders from around the state and country to showcase our great state. We hope to leave them with a strong impression of why Georgia is the No. 1 state in which to do business.” 

The Georgia Chamber of Commerce, the state’s premiere business advocacy organization and organizer of the Georgia Quail Hunt since its inception, says the annual hunt has been successful in recruiting businesses to Georgia.

“We are proud to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Georgia Quail Hunt. Since 1988, this event has sparked the creation of thousands of jobs and tens of billions in investment in Georgia’s economy,” said Chris Clark, president and CEO of the Georgia Chamber. “Our focus is to bring attention to Southwest Georgia and the incredible talent, strategic location, natural resources and quality of life we have to offer businesses from all over the world. We thank the citizens of the region for making this event such a success.”

In addition to the Georgia Allies, the Albany-Dougherty Economic Development Commission and Locate South Georgia, corporate sponsors include Kia Motors Manufacturing Georgia, MillerCoors, PowerSports Plus, Glock and Trulock Choke Tubes.



Albany, Stronger: Storm recovery and readiness, one year later

January 22, 2018 > Posted in Community, Events, News & Events

Albany Mayor’s Coalition for Economic Development to host public forum on storm recovery and readiness

January 22, 2018 > Posted in Community, News, News & Events

Media Contact:
Reedi Hawkins



January 23, 2018

ALBANY, GA. – Albany Mayor Dorothy Hubbard and her Coalition for Economic Development will host a public forum on Tuesday January 30 centered around the community’s recovery from the January storms of 2017 and its current preparedness for severe weather threat in the future.

The event, titled “Albany, Stronger: Storm recovery and readiness one year later,” is announced one year after the storms of January 2nd and 22nd  of 2017 which left much of the Albany-Dougherty county community disheveled.

“One year ago, the City of Albany and Dougherty County came together to make the most of a tragic situation,” said Mayor Hubbard. “From government branches and departments to non-profit organizations to private citizens and business owners, the community really did come together as ‘One Albany.’ In this forum, we will recap what was done to help our community a year ago and turn the focus towards what’s currently in the works, providing information on how people can still get involved and how to best prepare for a major weather event in the future.”     

Topics addressed will include weather preparedness, insurance coverage, long-term recovery planning and non-profit services.

The town hall-style event will feature four panelists presenting on their respective topic of expertise – WALB Chief Meteorologist Yolanda Amadeo on weather, Clint Ivy of Fleming & Riles Insurance on proper insurance coverage, Dougherty County Assistant Manager Michael McCoy on long-term recovery and United Way of Southwest Georgia’s LaKisha Bryant Bruce on non-profit services.

The program is an edition in a series of forums organized by the Mayor’s Coalition for Economic Development designed to increase public awareness of matters relating to economic development or economic impact in our community.

The January 30 forum is free to the public and will be held from 4 p.m. – 6 p.m. in room 100 of the Government Center, located at 222 Pine Avenue in downtown Albany. Light refreshments will be served in the lobby following the event.

For more information, please call (229) 434-0044 or visit the Albany-Dougherty Economic Development Commission at



Pretoria Fields spotlighted as final feature in ADEDC’s ‘#MadeInAlbanyGA’

January 17, 2018 > Posted in Industry, News, News & Events

For Immediate Release

Contact: Reedi Hawkins

January 17, 2017



Albany, Ga. – The Albany-Dougherty Economic Development Commission (ADEDC) today turned the spotlight toward craft brewery Pretoria Fields Collective as the final feature in its “#MadeInAlbanyGA” campaign.

Pretoria Fields Collective, founded by Albany doctor and beer enthusiast Tripp Morgan, is a collaboration of local farmers and brewers working together to celebrate the agricultural profile of the region through signature craft brews.

The collective conducts operations in four locations – three being farms  located in Dougherty, Lee and Mitchell counties, where crops such as fruits and grains are grown for use in the brewing process – and the other being the public taproom and brewing facility located in downtown Albany.

“Pretoria Fields’ investment in downtown Albany through the development of its taproom and production facility is a major step in the right direction for downtown revitalization,” said Justin Strickland, president of the ADEDC. “We now not only have a great quality of life asset in the heart of downtown, but it also happens to be a manufacturing facility that will produce product to be distributed all over the region, helping to put Albany on the map in an even greater sense.”

Pretoria Fields is currently the only brewery in Southwest Georgia, and the only farmhouse brewery in the state – a distinction characterized by the incorporation of homegrown crops from the collective’s farm and an adherence to traditional brewing methods.

The brewery, opened in December 2017, has so far developed a portfolio of four beer variations which are available at the downtown Albany taproom and at local and regional restaurants and package stores.

The current lineup of brews includes a golden ale, a stout, a gose and an IPA (India Pale Ale).

Pretoria Fields is the final feature in the ADEDC’s #MadeInAlbanyGA campaign, which debuted in September 2017 with a different industry taking the spotlight each month, highlighting the personal story of a company representative and the products they produce. Campaign videos and other materials can be seen on the ADEDC’s Facebook, Instagram and Twitter pages, and on its website,




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.

Coats & Clark to rebuild in Albany, Payroll Development Authority approves PILOT agreement

December 21, 2017 > Posted in News, News & Events

For Immediate Release

ADEDC Contact: Reedi Hawkins
Director of Marketing & Research
Albany-Dougherty EDC

Coats & Clark Contact: Keith Howard
Vice President of Finance
Coats Crafts North America

December 21, 2017


Coats & Clark to rebuild in Albany, Payroll Development Authority approves PILOT agreement

Albany, Ga. – The Albany-Dougherty Payroll Development Authority (PDA) today approved a five-year payment in lieu of taxes (PILOT) agreement for Coats & Clark North America. The agreement will assist the industry in redeveloping its North American distribution center located at 601 Holly Drive in Albany, Georgia.

The agreement includes Realty Income Corporation, owner of the property leased by Coats & Clark for operation of its distribution center.

Coats & Clark’s distribution facility, devastated by the tornado of January 22, 2017, had been operational in Albany since 2009.

Citing a long-standing relationship with Albany and Dougherty County, and through partnership with the Albany-Dougherty Economic Development Commission (ADEDC), Coats & Clark resolved to build a new distribution center in the same location as the original structure.

“Coats is proud to recommit back to the City of Albany for the foreseeable future. We look forward to many years of continued success in Albany through both our manufacturing mill and newly rebuilt distribution center reopening in H1 2018,” said Coats Crafts North America Vice President of Finance Keith Howard.

“I’m very proud to solidify Albany and Dougherty County’s relationship with Coats & Clark for years to come,” said Albany Mayor and PDA member Dorothy Hubbard. “Coats has made significant investments in the community for more than 70 years and is an outstanding corporate citizen.”

The newly rebuilt distribution center will be 370,000 square feet and is expected to become operational by May 2018.  Investment in the new facility is anticipated at $14 million and helps to secure more than 300 jobs in Albany-Dougherty County.

“Albany’s Coats & Clark manufacturing operation is the leading yarn production facility in the world,” said ADEDC President Justin Strickland. “Being able to keep their North American distribution center in our community, and in close proximity to their manufacturing facility, is a huge win for both Coats & Clark and Albany-Dougherty County. We look forward to strengthening this company’s legacy in Albany-Dougherty County and to continuing the partnership we have enjoyed with Coats for many years.”

Coats & Clark’s North American distribution center employs more than 100 people in the Albany area; the manufacturing facility located at 901 Clark Avenue in Albany, Georgia employs more than 200 people. The yarn-producer has maintained manufacturing and distribution operations in Albany since 1947.




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.