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P&G, Miller, LogCom, Phoebe named as winners in EDC’s Industry Awards

April 4, 2018 > Posted in Industry, News, News & Events

For Immediate Release

Contact: Reedi Hawkins

April 4, 2018

Albany, Ga.– The Albany-Dougherty Economic Development Commission today honored existing industries Procter & Gamble, MillerCoors, Marine Corps Logistics Command and Phoebe Putney Health System for their achievements in global exports, innovative practices, economic impact and corporate giving, respectively, at its 2018 Albany-Dougherty Industry Awards.

“Our existing industries are a vital component of our local economy and make significant contributions to our community through investments and expansions, the employment of our citizens and volunteer support, to name just a few,” said Justin Strickland, president of the Albany-Dougherty Economic Development Commission. “Our ‘#MadeInAlbanyGA’ campaign celebrated what it meant to have a product that is made in Albany and produced by our outstanding workforce. This week echoes the same pride in that level of world class excellence, which is what ‘made in Albany’ has come to signify.”

The EDC’s Industry Awards are the highlight of Albany-Dougherty Industry Celebration Week, during which the EDC celebrates and promotes the impact of the community’s existing industries.


 Global Commerce Award: Procter & Gamble

Procter & Gamble is the world’s largest consumer goods company, providing a multitude of household items to consumers across the globe, with more than half of its 2017 total sales occurring internationally.

The P&G Albany plant, which produces Bounty paper towels and Charmin bath tissue – both billion-dollar brands for the company, currently employs an estimated 700 associates with 70 of those positions being added in the last two years as a response to increased consumption in the plant’s distribution areas which include the Southeastern United States, Puerto Rico and Mexico.

The Albany plant is the primary supplier of Bounty and Charmin products to the Southeastern United States and Puerto Rico, producing as a plant enough product to sustain the consumption of those regions for an entire year. 

In addition to its production role, P&G Albany is also a development site for Charmin products, responsible for gauging global consumer needs and translating those needs into product innovation.


Excellence in Innovation Award: MillerCoors

Since opening in 1979, one of the highest, uncompromised priorities for the Albany Brewery has been the stewardship of our environment.

MillerCoors and the Albany Brewery believe that producing great beer comes with great responsibility. That responsibility is ensuring the environmental sustainability of the Albany community through water stewardship, lessened energy and carbon footprints, being land-fill free and moving towards a zero waste operation – MillerCoors continues to seek out innovative practices to help further their mission of sustainability and meet these goals.

Such innovative practices, like the incorporation of natural gas machinery, adherence to a robust recycling program and comprehensive environmental protection policies, have enabled the Albany plant to drastically reduce its carbon footprint while increasing efficiency; remain land-fill free since 2013; and for the last two years, achieve the goal of having zero environmental deviations or releases.

Ninety-nine percent of MillerCoors’ generated waste is recycled or reused through innovative methods and collaborative partnerships. For example, all spent grain is donated to local farmers to be used for cattle feed, benefitting the region’s agricultural economy.

MillerCoors understands that environmental sustainability is a journey, and is committed to continuing that journey through innovative practices that keep our community safe, clean, beautiful and on the cutting edge of sustainability.


 Economic Impact Award: Marine Corps Logistics Command

Over the last year, the Marine Corps Logistics Command heavily invested in and made significant strides towards strengthening the Albany, Georgia industrial base and economy through its operations.

Today, Marine Corps Logistics Command employs over 2,500 local civilians and nearly 300 uniformed service members. 

In 2017, LogCom’s Marine Depot Maintenance Command processed in excess of $378 million in new work orders generating more than $460 million in revenue, totaling to an increase of $2.7 million in new work and $4.3 million in net operating income, respectively.

Recovery efforts from the 2017 tornado impact resulted in $31.1 million in expenditures that included $1.9 million to support a labor surge and the activation of 175 Marine Reservists. The Reservists salary base of $2.6 million directly impacts local housing, dining, retail, and entertainment industries.

Implementing a local hiring strategy, adopting better hiring practices, creating and strengthening relationships with local universities, colleges and schools, summer internship programs, and career fairs represent the significant efforts that Marine Corps Logistics Command has invested to keep locally educated people in the local work force. Their commitment to the strengthening the community and its citizens is unmatched and brings great credit upon themselves, keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Marine Corps.


Only One Albany Award for Corporate Community Citizenship: Phoebe Putney Health System

Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital was built on a foundation of community service.  The hospital opened on a plot of land at 3rdAvenue and Jefferson Street in Albany in 1911 with a mission to serve all those in need of care, regardless of their race, gender or ability to pay. Today, Phoebe is still anchored on that corner and anchored to that commitment. 

In the 108 years since the first patient was treated at Phoebe, the organization has expanded their mission of community service in countless ways.  In the last fiscal year, Phoebe provided more than $274M in community benefit. The majority of that figure is a result of unreimbursed care for Medicare, Medicaid, indigent and charity patients as Phoebe continues to live up to their founding mission of providing healthcare to all citizens in need. But the hospital also provides millions of dollars annually in services to train nurses and other health professionals, host health fairs and education programs, conduct free health screenings, and equip public schools with nurses.

Phoebe is a leader in sponsoring important community activities from the annual Snickers Marathon to the recent Grow Albany Tift Park Community Planting Day, and is represented in virtually every major organization that is working to improve the quality of life in our community.

Following the January 2017 storms, not only did Phoebe provide housing and tens of thousands of dollars to help affected employees recover, they opened an emergency clinic and initiated a mobile clinic to treat residents, volunteers and first responders. 

When the worst flu epidemic in a decade hit in early 2018, Phoebe quickly ramped its vaccination program and provided hundreds of free flu shots. 

Phoebe looks forward to the health system’s next 108 years of service, pledging to improve minds, bodies and spirits from that same corner at 3rdand Jefferson, in the heart of our city.




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.

ADEDC accepting nominations for 2018 Albany-Dougherty Industry Awards

March 9, 2018 > Posted in Industry, News, News & Events

For Immediate Release

Contact: Reedi Hawkins

March 9, 2018

Albany, Ga. – Nominations are now open for the Albany-Dougherty Economic Development Commission’s annual industry awards, part of Albany-Dougherty Industry Celebration Week. Industry week, now in its ninth year, is a week-long celebration of the community’s existing industries.

The ADEDC recognizes industries in four categories: global commerce, economic impact, excellence in innovation and corporate community citizenship. The awards will be presented Wednesday April 4 during the Industry Celebration and Awards luncheon, held in partnership with the Albany Area Chamber of Commerce at the Hilton Garden Inn beginning at 11:30 a.m.

“Existing industry is a major component of a thriving economy, and in Albany-Dougherty County, we’re fortunate to have a broad base of industry that sees the benefits of doing business here,” says Justin Strickland, president of the Albany-Dougherty Economic Development Commission. “Our companies’ locations in Albany-Dougherty County contributes to their success as part of a larger corporate network, as well as our success as a community. The annual Industry Celebration Week and Awards serve as an opportunity to celebrate the relationships that have spurred on long-standing prosperity throughout the years.”

Industry Celebration Week is one of many ways the ADEDC works to promote and highlight local industries, and will echo the “#MadeInAlbanyGA” campaign, which features products produced by local manufacturers.

Industries located in Albany-Dougherty County and those who wish to nominate them are encouraged to complete and return the fillable online nomination form by the March 23 deadline.




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.


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