Business Climate

Entrepreneur friendly. Low costs of doing business. Well connected. These are some of the phrases used to describe the hospitable business climate of Albany-Dougherty County. Whether it’s our low utilities costs – at 18.5 percent less than the national average, we have the lowest utilities costs of Georgia’s 15 metro areas – or our Business First program for new or expanding businesses, Albany-Dougherty County has the climate and resources businesses need to thrive.


Albany ranks fifth for cost of doing business among Georgia’s small metro areas and first in Georgia for low cost of utilities.


“All roads lead to Albany.” That’s what we like to say. Albany-Dougherty County has four-lane highway access in all directions, making it quick and easy to get from Point A to Point B. Get to Interstate 75 is just 40 minutes. Prefer to fly? Southwest Georgia Regional Airport offers passengers daily flights to and from Atlanta, which is just 35 minutes by air.

Telecom and Fiber Optics Network

Albany-Dougherty County offers advanced data services from AT&T Georgia, including Frame Relay; Native Mode LAN Interconnection/MetroEthernet; optical services up to and including Dense Wave Data Multiplexing. DS1, DS2 and DS3 services are available.

Albany Area Chamber of Commerce

The Albany Area Chamber of Commerce promotes and stimulates the economic well being of its membership through proactive and progressive programs, services and strategic alliances. The chamber provides valuable resources to its members and offers regular opportunities for networking through its events.

Business First

Starting or expanding a business has its headaches. Business First takes the growing pains out of the equation by bringing to the table all the resources and contacts necessary – from the permitting department to economic development to the small business center – for a new or expanding business. Set up an appointment now to get on the fast track to business success.

Call (229) 438-3903 or e-mail