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Albany Mayor to host public forum on tourism

June 8, 2016 > Posted in Community, Events, News & Events

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 6, 2016

Albany Mayor to host forum promoting Albany as tourism destination

ALBANY, GA. – Albany Mayor Dorothy Hubbard will host a public forum on Tuesday, June 21, to highlight the value of the tourism industry to Albany and showcase the attractions and amenities available to residents and visitors. “Albany is the tourism hub of Southwest Georgia,” Hubbard said. “With the summer months and vacation time upon us, we want to familiarize our residents, many of whom will host out-of-town guests, with the variety of activities, attractions and amenities available to them right here at home.” According to data from the Georgia Department of Economic Development, Albany’s tourism industry has grown 20 percent during the last four years. In 2014, the most recent year for which data is available, the tourism industry had an economic impact of $221.52 million in Albany-Dougherty County. Albany’s tourism efforts are led by the Albany Convention and Visitors Bureau (ACVB), which markets Albany as a premier destination for groups, sports, leisure travel and conferences. ACVB Director Rashelle Beasley will discuss what makes Albany an attractive market for travelers and groups, and how the agency facilitates tourism-related economic development. Beasley said the tourism industry is thriving in Albany-Dougherty County. “We have the most attractions south of Atlanta, top rated flag properties, and a great boutique hotel,” said Beasley. “This gives us the ability to be competitive with conventions, groups, leisure travel and business travel.” Representatives of of Albany’s major attractions will also be on hand to provide specifics about their programs and amenities. The program is an edition in a series of forums organized by the Mayor’s Coalition for Economic Development, and is intended to increase awareness of the attractions throughout the region and highlight the economic impact of tourism in Albany. The June 21 forum is free to the public and will be held from 4 p.m. – 6 p.m. at the Albany Welcome Center, located at 112 N. Front St. in downtown Albany. A reception catered by the culinary arts students from Turner Job Corps will be held in the downstairs lobby, immediately following the forum. For more information, please call (229) 434-0044 or visit the Albany-Dougherty Economic Development Commission at facebook.com/choosealbany.

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MCLB- Albany breaks ground on solar field

April 29, 2016 > Posted in Community, Industry, News, News & Events

Via Jennifer Parks, The Albany Herald
Photo by The Albany Herald

Photo by The Albany Herald

MCLB-ALBANY — A groundbreaking took place Thursday on a solar power facility project aboard Marine Corps Logistics Base-Albany, further building on energy-efficiency efforts putting the base on track for getting to “net zero” status by next year. The Department of the Navy and Georgia Power, a subsidiary of the Southern Company, announced earlier this month that they had signed a real estate outgrant to develop a large-scale solar facility at the base. Once completed, the facility is expected to be one of the state’s largest solar installations with the potential generation capacity of 44 megawatts of direct current, or 31 megawatts of alternating current power. The event Thursday included remarks by Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Energy, Installations and Environment Dennis V. McGinn, Marine Corps Deputy Commandant for Installations and Logistics Lt. Gen. Michael G. Dana, MCLB-Albany Commanding Officer Col. James C. Carroll III, Georgia Power Marketing Senior Vice President Kenneth E. Coleman and Georgia Public Service Commission Vice Chair Lauren “Bubba” McDonald Jr. Carroll said the farm reflects the fruition of a team effort and valuable community partnerships. “I can think of no other place to break ground than at Marine Corps Logistics Base-Albany. Great things will happen as we work together toward the same goals,” he said. McDonald said that the project adds to the goal of making Georgia the top state in which to do business and sets up a stable future for the next generation. “(Becoming business friendly) doesn’t just happen,” he said. “We will measure six years from now and see what the fruits of our labor (have yielded) for us.” Coleman expanded on the importance of the partnerships involved, also noting the end result will be downward pressure on Georgia Power consumers — including those outside the base’s fenceline. “We are honored to support the Navy in its mission of energy security and to provide power (that is efficient),” he said. Under the agreement, Georgia Power will build, own, operate and maintain the solar facility at MCLB-Albany, using the facility to generate electricity for the utility’s electric grid. It will be on a 150-acre corner of the base visible from Mock Road and will have 138,000 southwest-facing fixed panels that could power up to 5,000 homes. The project is estimated to represent a $75 million investment, Georgia Power officials said. Dana, a native New Yorker, was complimentary of the setting in Georgia and discussed the significance of energy efficiency from the standpoint of the Marine Corps becoming “heavier and more intensive.” “This project is a big step forward in moving into the 21st century,” he said. McGinn described the solar farm — which stands to add jobs and have a lifespan of several decades — in terms of the mission the base has in keeping Marines overseas safe, and as a representation of technology, culture and partnership. “This is a really special day,” he said Thursday. “Man your shovels.” The contract was awarded in December, and the “kick-off meeting” took place earlier this year to put the solar field on track for its anticipated operation date of early 2017. The facility is meant to enable the Navy to “meet critical energy and security goals while furthering Georgia Power’s commitment to renewable energy in the state.” Base officials say the facility will be the second solar collaboration between the Navy and Georgia Power and the fifth solar project the Navy and Southern Company subsidiaries are developing. In total, officials said the Navy brought more than one gigawatt of renewable energy into procurement in 2015, most of which was developed in the past 18 months under the auspices of the Renewable Energy Program Office. “Representing our Marine Corps Logistics Base in the General Assembly is special, and today is a great day,” said State Rep. Darrel Ealum of District 153. “We just broke ground on what will be the largest of the solar facilities that are being constructed on our military installations throughout Georgia. This project will truly advance our Marine base’s goal for advancing renewable energy.” A biomass facility in collaboration with Procter & Gamble, and ongoing efforts to expand on the presence of ground source heat pumps with Borehole Thermal Energy Storage, are among the other “green” projects in development at MCLB.

Albany-Dougherty Industry Celebration Week 2016

April 11, 2016 > Posted in Community, Events, Industry, News & Events

Albany-Dougherty Industry Celebration Week 2016

Forum to address senior citizens

April 1, 2016 > Posted in Community, Events, News & Events

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE          
Media Contact: Reedi Hawkins 229-434-0044 rhawkins@choosealbany.com

April 1, 2016

 

Mayor’s Forum to address senior citizens and community resources

 

ALBANY, GA. – Albany Mayor Dorothy Hubbard will host a public forum on Tuesday April 19, addressing the impact of senior citizens in Albany-Dougherty County and the resources available to them and their caregivers throughout the community.

Over 20 percent of the metro Albany population is, or will turn 65 or older within the next 5 years, qualifying them for “senior citizen” status, as it applies socioeconomically.

“Albany-Dougherty County has a vast array of resources available to senior citizens,” says Mayor Hubbard. “The stability of this sector of the population is paramount, and we as a community want to ensure that their needs are met by providing them with the information they need. This forum will serve as a means of connection directly between the organizations providing services and the citizens who need them.”

A sampling of organizations serving the community’s elderly population will be present to discuss their specific markets and services. Presenting organizations include the Southwest Georgia Council on Aging, represented by Director Kay Hind; the Southwest Georgia Community Action Council, represented by Deputy Director Randy Weldon; and Phoebe’s Golden Key program, represented by Community Benefit Coordinator, Darrell Sabbs.

Presenting organizations offer a broad range of services, from the Council on Aging’s “meals on wheels” program, to energy conservation assistance provided by the Community Action Council, to social traveling opportunities offered by Phoebe Golden Key.

The program is an edition in a series of forums organized by the Mayor’s Coalition for Economic Development, and is intended to better inform the public on the social and economic impacts of senior citizens, and to bring awareness to the local amenities and services offered to seniors and their caregivers.

The April 19 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 Ave. in downtown Albany.

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 State named best HBCU in Georgia

October 2, 2015 > Posted in Community, News, News & Events

TopHBCUVia Terry Lewis, Albany Herald

ALBANY — U.S. News & World Report has released this year’s list of top ranked colleges and universities, including ranking Albany State University as the No. 1 public Historically Black College and University in Georgia for the second year.

It also lists ASU among the nation’s top HBCUs. ASU made the cut at No. 13 among all public HBCUs in the nation.

“We provide an excellent education at Albany State University, an education that prepares our students to compete on a global level,” said Interim President Art Dunning. “ We are delighted that the work of our faculty, staff and students is being recognized on a national level; we are working diligently to provide even more opportunities for student success.”

According to the rankings, ASU pulled ahead of Georgia’s public HBCUs — Fort Valley State University and Savannah State University. The rankings are based on graduation and retention rates, peer assessments, student-to- faculty ratio, admission test scores and the strength of the faculty; alumni giving was also considered.

Paul Bryant, associate provost for Enrollment Management, credits ASU’s small class sizes, among other advantages, for the ranking placement.

ASU also ranks among the five best Georgia colleges offering nurse practitioner programs, according to NurseJournal.org. The ASU nursing department is listed as a top choice for the website’s 2015 ranking of America’s Best Nursing Schools and Colleges.

“The Albany State experience is not only remarkably educational, but, also professionally fulfilling and enjoyable,” Bryant said. “We encourage all students to take full advantage of what Albany State has to offer.”