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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 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.

Albany Mayor to host public forum highlighting 4C Academy and workforce development

May 24, 2017 > Posted in Community, News, News & Events



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May 24, 2017

ALBANY, GA. – Albany Mayor Dorothy Hubbard will host a public forum on Tuesday June 6, highlighting the Commodore Conyers College and Career Academy (4C Academy) and its role in workforce development in Southwest Georgia.

The College and Career Academy is a workforce development collaboration between Albany Technical College, the Dougherty County School System, Albany State University and the private business sector.

The institution will allow high school students to attend half days at their zoned high schools, and the other half at the academy studying market-relevant material in one of 14 career pathway clusters based off Georgia Governor Nathan Deal’s High-Demand Career Initiative, which identifies fields with a growing demand in workforce.

“The 4C Academy is a significant step forward for education and workforce development in Albany,” says Mayor Hubbard. “This program allows students to pursue training in high-demand career tracks before they are even finished with high school, and at no cost to them or their parents. This gives them the ability to start their career training earlier with the option to continue their education at a college or university, or go straight into the workforce with the necessary skills.”

The academy will open its doors to up to 450 students in August 2017, offering courses in the areas of engineering, manufacturing, logistics, healthcare, information technology, construction, education, film, graphic design, entrepreneurship, marketing and aviation.

The forum will include presentations and commentary by 4C Academy CEO Chris Hatcher, Albany Technical College President Anthony Parker and Dougherty County School System Superintendent Butch Mosely.

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

The June 6 forum is free to the public and will be held from 4 p.m. – 6 p.m. at the Government Center, located at 222 Pine Ave. 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


Albany Mayor to host public forum on tourism

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


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


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