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Albany Mayor’s Coalition for Economic Development to host workplace readiness forum

August 14, 2018 > Posted in Community, Events, News & Events

Media Contact:

Reedi Hawkins
O: 229-434-0044
E: rhawkins@choosealbany.com

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

August 14, 2018

ALBANY, GA.– Albany Mayor Dorothy Hubbard and her Coalition for Economic Development will host a public forum on workplace readiness on Wednesday, August 29, focusing in on soft skills training and employer expectations.

Presentations will come from Connie Smith, director of the Georgia Department of Labor’s “GeorgiaBEST” (Business Employability Skills Training) program, Terrence Wilson of the Georgia Appleseed Center for Law and Justice and Benny Hand from Dougherty County’s “All-In” campaign for education, an initiative of the Georgia Appleseed Center. All three organizations serve a mission of preparing students and job candidates for the workplace.

“Albany’s competitiveness as a business destination depends on the readiness of its workforce, both in terms of soft skills and hard skills, and that readiness begins early in life – at home, in the schools and through extracurricular activities,” said Albany Mayor Dorothy Hubbard.“  The Department of Labor’s GeorgiaBEST Program and the All-In initiative of Georgia Appleseed are two programs working to ensure that our young people are set for success before they enter the workforce.”

The event will offer advice on how job candidates can become more prepared for the workplace, and will explain what the presenting organizations are doing to address workplace readiness trends in Dougherty County and across the state of Georgia such as soft skills training, encouragement of educational achievement and increasing preparedness on employer expectations.

The August 29 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.

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.

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

 

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Albany Mayor’s Coalition for Economic Development to host forum on workforce and hiring

April 30, 2018 > Posted in Community, Events, News, News & Events

Media Contact:

Reedi Hawkins
rhawkins@choosealbany.com
229.434.0044

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

ALBANY, GA.– Albany Mayor Dorothy Hubbard and her Coalition for Economic Development will host a public forum on Wednesday, May 9 focusing on the area’s workforce needs and hiring criteria across Albany-Dougherty County’s five major industry sectors.

“Albany-Dougherty County is fortunate to have a broad industry base with five target industry sectors in manufacturing, defense, distribution and logistics, call centers and healthcare,” said Albany Mayor Dorothy Hubbard. “It’s important that our citizens know what opportunities are available to them here, professionally, and that they know how and when to begin preparing themselves to capitalize on these opportunities in order to gain employment at one of our local industries.”

The town hall-style event will feature five panelists, each  presenting information on behalf  their organization, as well as their respective industry sector. Panelists include P&G Plant manager Werhner Washington on manufacturing, Deputy Commander at Marine Depot ‎Maintenance Command Trent Blalock on defense, Southern Ag Carriers President Hugh Nall on distribution and logistics, Webstaurant Customer Solutions Team Leader Chris Mathis on call centers and Phoebe Health System Vice President of Human Resources Tracy St. Amant on healthcare.

The event will offer information on what these major industry sectors routinely look for in an employee and how community members can best prepare themselves to become an ideal candidate.

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 May 9 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 facebook.com/choosealbany.

 

 

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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
229.434.0044
rhawkins@choosealbany.com

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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 facebook.com/choosealbany.

 

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Albany-Dougherty County to host spring 2018 Young Gamechangers program

August 22, 2017 > Posted in Community, News, News & Events

Via Albany Area Chamber of Commerce

Albany, Ga. – Albany-Dougherty County leaders announced Tuesday the community’s selection as the host site for the spring 2018 class of GeorgiaForward’s Young Gamechangers, a leadership action program that makes a tangible impact in select communities by bringing young minds into the public sphere as respected idea-generators and problem-solvers.

The Albany Area Chamber of Commerce, Albany-Dougherty Economic Development Commission, City of Albany, Dougherty County and GeorgiaForward shared the news during an event that brought together community leaders at the Albany Welcome Center in downtown Albany. The spring 2018 program begins in January and concludes in June, at which time participants of the 50-member spring class will present recommendations for areas of community challenge.

“Albany-Dougherty County has experienced the positive outcomes of meaningful analysis, cross-sector partnerships, cross-region relationships and a shared vision for creating a stronger and more economically vibrant community,” said Bárbara Rivera Holmes, president and CEO of the Albany Area Chamber of Commerce, and Justin Strickland, president of the Albany-Dougherty Economic Development Commission. “We welcome Young Gamechangers to be a part of the solutions team for Albany-Dougherty County as we continue to create opportunities and leverage successes.”

“We have taken great strides within our community over the past several years to increase strategic collaboration, implement meaningful community partnerships and to better develop pathways from education to employment,” said Albany Mayor Dorothy Hubbard. “As part of our growth, we invite the fresh perspective, innovative ideas and creativity that Young Gamechangers has demonstrated.”

“Honest, unbiased self-examination of our community’s strengths and weaknesses is of critical value for Dougherty County at this time,” said Dougherty County Commission Chairman Christopher S. Cohilas. “Any community that wishes to succeed must be willing to build upon its existing assets and propose meaningful solutions to its problems. This partnership with Young Gamechangers provides that opportunity.”

GeorgiaForward is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization working as a catalyst to improve Georgia through cross-sector, statewide conversations and partnerships by engaging young professionals and business, political, academic and civic leaders.

“We are looking forward to bringing Young Gamechangers to Albany-Dougherty County next year,” said Kris Vaughn, executive director of GeorgiaForward. “This program is creating tangible change in communities across our state by tapping into the wealth of creativity and energy of Georgia’s young leaders. We are proud that each of the six communities this program has worked in to date has implemented one – if not several – of the recommendations presented by the Young Gamechangers. It will be exciting to see what ideas come from the spring 2018 Young Gamechangers.”

Previous Young Gamechangers communities are Americus/Sumter County; Dublin/Laurens County; Douglasville/Douglas County; Augusta; LaGrange/Troup County; and Milledgeville/Baldwin County. The spring 2018 program is made possible in part by The Commerce Club Foundation, Central Atlanta Progress, the Albany-Dougherty Economic Development Commission, Georgia CEO and GeorgiaTrend.

To be considered for the spring 2018 class, young professionals from across Georgia with a passion for uniting the state and strengthening its communities should apply online at georgiaforward.org. Applicants must be between the ages of 24-40. Ambitious minds from any professional sector will be considered. Applications must be received by midnight on October 6, 2017.