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Community Listening Session on Workforce Development in Albany-Dougherty County

September 6, 2019 > Posted in Events, News & Events


Water Works in Albany – An Update on Water Utility Systems

September 6, 2019 > Posted in Events, News & Events

Albany Mayor Dorothy Hubbard and her Coalition for Economic Development will host a public forum on Tuesday, September 17 providing information on the newly contracted water infrastructure management company Constantine.

Albany-Dougherty EDC, Albany Area Chamber to host community listening session on workforce

September 3, 2019 > Posted in News, News & Events

Albany, Ga. – The Albany-Dougherty Economic Development Commission (ADEDC) and Albany Area Chamber of Commerce (AACC), in partnership with the University of Georgia’s Carl Vinson Institute of Government (CVIOG), will host a community listening session on workforce development strategy on Monday, September 16, at Merry Acres Inn and Event Center beginning at 5:30 p.m. 

The event, which is open to the public, will allow community members the opportunity to interface directly with CVIOG representatives to share ideas and learn about the community’s opportunities in workforce development. 

“As a part of our joint strategic planning initiative on workforce development, it is important that our community members have an opportunity to engage in the process directly, providing feedback and insight on what they know and what they would like to see as a result of this new endeavor,” said ADEDC President Justin Strickland.

The event is a function of the ADEDC’s workforce development strategic planning initiative announced in May 2019 in partnership with the AACC. The strategic plan is a collaborative effort by the two organizations to develop a specialized strategy designed to bolster resources necessary to develop, attract, and retain talent in the area for industry and commerce. 

“The public listening session will allow for direct input from those who stand to gain the most from the community’s first comprehensive work force strategy – our citizens and our employers,” said Bárbara Rivera Holmes, president and CEO of the Albany Area Chamber. “The demand for talent is strong and it will only get stronger; this work force strategy better positions our community and better aligns our efforts so as to maximize resources and opportunities for employers and job seekers.”

CVIOG, a public service and outreach unit of the University of Georgia aimed at enhancing the capacity of governments to provide services, is serving as the work force development plan consultant.

Development of the work force strategy is expected to be completed by early 2020, and will have a targeted implementation period of three to five years.

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Albany-Dougherty EDC elects new chair, approves new contract for president

July 24, 2019 > Posted in News, News & Events

Albany, Ga. – The Albany-Dougherty Economic Development Commission today held its annual shareholders meeting, followed by its quarterly board meeting during which staff presented comprehensive updates and board members representing the ADEDC’s partner entities – the City of Albany, Dougherty County and the Albany Area Chamber of Commerce – elected Cynthia George as 2019-2020 ADEDC chair and approved a new contract for President Justin Strickland. 

George succeeds Jay Smith, area manager at Georgia Power, as the organization’s chair. Smith has represented the Chamber on the ADEDC board since 2007, having served 8.5 years as chair. 

“In my more than eight years as chair, I’ve been honored to support the recruitment, retention, expansion, and marketing efforts of the ADEDC.  Also, I am very proud of the recent announcements of impactful projects like Georgia-Pacific Lumber and WebstaurantStore, as well as expansions at many of our existing industries,” said Smith. “I look forward to continuing to serve on the ADEDC as a board member.”

George, CEO of Horizons Community Solutions, has previously served on the ADEDC board through her capacity as 2013 chair of the Albany Area Chamber of Commerce. 

“I’m thrilled to support the efforts of the ADEDC as the organization’s incoming chair,” said George. “This is an exciting time for growth and development in Albany-Dougherty County, especially through the EDC’s new strategic planning venture.  I’m honored by the opportunity to help spur business investment and job creation in our community during my time as chair.” 

In addition to the change in chairs of the organization, a new contract was approved for ADEDC President Justin Strickland, who has served in that capacity since 2014. 

In the last five years, Strickland has worked to facilitate announcements of new industries including the location of Georgia-Pacific Lumber, WebstaurantStore, and Pretoria Fields Collective brewery, along with expansions at existing industries such as Coats & Clark, Procter & Gamble and Mars, collectively totaling to more than 1,000 new and retained jobs and more than $400,000,00 in investment. 

During his tenure as president, the ADEDC has produced award-winning marketing campaigns “There’s Only One Albany, Georgia,” a 2014 community rebranding initiative, and “#MadeInAlbanyGA,” the ongoing industry and workforce marketing campaign promoting world-renowned, locally made products. 

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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.


Albany-Dougherty Economic Development Commission President Justin Strickland earns recertification as Certified Economic Developer

May 30, 2019 > Posted in News, News & Events

Albany, Ga. – Albany-Dougherty Economic Development Commission (ADEDC) President Justin Strickland has been awarded recertification as a Certified Economic Developer (CEcD) by the International Economic Development Council (IEDC). 

Strickland first achieved CEcD designation in 2013, following five years of required service in economic development, mandatory coursework, and a three-part, two-day examination administered by IEDC. CEcD recertification is required every three years and requires candidates to meet demanding requirements for continuing education and service within their field. 

The CEcD designation is a highly recognized accolade that denotes mastery of principal skills in economic development, professional excellence, and a commitment to personal and professional growth. 

With just over 1,110 Certified Economic Developers worldwide, IEDC’s certification program is the industry gold standard for excellence in the profession.  CEcD’s work across the globe as public officials and business leaders to create and retain high-quality jobs, establish economic vibrancy, and improve quality of life for their communities.

Strickland has worked at the ADEDC since 2007 and has led the organization as president since 2014.  During his tenure as president the ADEDC has announced major location and expansion projects, such as the recent announcement of the Georgia-Pacific Lumber plant, the re-location of the Coats & Clark North American Distribution Center, and sizeable expansions at Procter & Gamble and WebstaurantStore. He is a 2018 graduate of Leadership Georgia, served as the 2016-2017 chairman of Locate South Georgia – a regional economic development coalition of 21 South Georgia Communities, and has participated in and volunteered with an array of local programs from leadership organizations to a variety of civic groups and non-profits. 

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About the International Economic Development Council   

The International Economic Development Council (IEDC) is a non-profit, non-partisan membership organization serving economic developers. With more than 5,000 members, IEDC is the largest organization of its kind with members working across the globe in economic development-related roles ranging from local, state, provincial and federal governments to public-private partnerships, chambers of commerce, universities and a variety of other institutions. To learn more, visit www.iedconline.org.