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Industry celebration recognizes existing industries

April 13, 2015 > Posted in Blog, Industry, News & Events

Barbara Kieker @ Albany CEO

Monday, April 13th, 2015

 The city of Albany and Dougherty County issued proclamations today declaring this week to be Albany-Dougherty Industry Celebration Week.  With these proclamations, a weeklong slate of activities hosted by the Albany-Dougherty Economic Development Commission (ADEDC) in appreciation of the community’s existing industries officially gets underway.”Our existing industries do so much for our community and we never want to take that for granted,” said ADEDC President Justin Strickland.”From creating jobs and making long-term investments to enhancing quality of life through community service, our industries are the foundation of our local economy.”Albany-Dougherty County has a diversified economy. Health care, education and Marine Corps Logistics Base-Albany are the largest employers in the Albany area. Manufacturing, transportation and retail trade are also critically important industries. The city acts as a hub for distribution and commerce in Southwest Georgia.Industry Celebration Week events this year include:

  • Monday, April 13

The city of Albany and Dougherty County issue proclamations declaring this week Albany-Dougherty Industry Celebration Week in recognition of existing industries.

  • Wednesday, April 15

The 2015 ADEDC Industry Awards, recognizing excellence in existing industries, will be presented at the Industry Awards Rise n Shine breakfast at 7:30 a.m. at the Hilton Garden Inn.  Award categories are global commerce, excellence in innovation, economic impact and corporate community citizenship.

  • Thursday, April 16

The ADEDC will host a Business After Hours reception for industry winners and chamber of commerce members. The reception is at 5:30 p.m. at Doublegate Country Club.

  • Friday, April 17

The EDC’s Albany-Dougherty Industry Roundtable will partner with the United Way of Southwest Georgia on Day of Caring, during which employees from existing industries will participate in assigned service projects throughout the community.

We’re Hiring!

September 8, 2014 > Posted in Blog

The Albany-Dougherty Economic Development Commission is hiring for a director of marketing and research. Deadline is September 19, 2014. Read below for full details of qualifications and responsibilities.


Albany-Dougherty Economic Development Commission

Job Description

Job Title:                     Director of Marketing and Research

Reports To:                  President

Prepared By:               Justin Strickland

Prepared Date:            September 3, 2014

VALUES:                     Passion for Albany-Dougherty County; energetic and committed work ethic; willingness to change and adapt work to meet needs of various projects

SUMMARY:                 Plan and implement marketing, public relations, and social media programs, both short and long range, targeted toward internal and external audiences, by performing the following duties personally or coordinated with senior staff.


  • Develops and implements work plans to achieve strategic objectives
  • Develops and manages marketing budgets
  • Develops and designs advertising and promotional activities including print, digital, out of home, and collateral media pieces
  • Ensures effective control of marketing results, and takes corrective action to guarantee that achievement of marketing objectives falls within designated budgets
  • Coordinates market research and adjusts marketing strategy to meet market conditions
  • Monitors current trends in economic development marketing
  • Establishes and maintains relationships with industry influencers and key strategic partners
  • Guides preparation of marketing activity reports, including annual report, and presents to management
  • Establishes and maintains a consistent and attractive corporate image throughout all product lines, promotional materials, social media, and events
  • Represent ADEDC at local, regional, and statewide meetings as a community ambassador
  • Coordinates communication between ADEDC and contracted outside marketing and public relations agencies
  • Assists staff with research as needed specific to RFI’s and for use in marketing materials
  • Event planning for all functions of ADEDC
  • Administration of Renewal Task Force
  • Manages all ADEDC websites and social media platforms
  • Other duties and responsibilities may be assigned



Works with staff to achieve ADEDC goals and objectives.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty acceptably. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.


Bachelors Degree in Marketing, Advertising, Public Relations, or Business preferred with a minimum of three years related experience; event planning, advertising design, and time managing a marketing department a plus.


Demonstrated relevant marketing techniques and general knowledge of financial principles; ability to communicate orally and in written form effectively.


Demonstrated ability to anticipate and solve practical problems and resolve issues.


None required at this time.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS/ WORK ENVIRONMENT: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Individuals may need to sit or stand as needed and may require walking primarily on a level surface for periodic periods throughout the day. Reaching above shoulder heights, below the waist or lifting as required to file documents or store materials throughout the work day; may include lifting up to 50 pounds for moving materials, proper lifting techniques required.

The performance of this position may occasionally require exposure to manufacturing areas that require the use of personal protective equipment such as safety glasses with side shields and mandatory hearing protection. Primary work environment: ambient room temperatures, lighting and office equipment as found in a typical office environment.


**Resumes will be accepted by email at until September 19, 2014.**


Contact Information

  • Business Name: Albany Dougherty Economic Development Commission
  • Contact: Justin Strickland
  • Street: 125 Pine Avenue, Suite 200
  • City/State/Zip: Albany, GA 31701
  • Local Phone: (229) 434-0044
  • Fax: (229) 434-1310
  • Email:
  • Website Address:

Two from Albany named to Leadership Georgia

October 31, 2013 > Posted in Blog, News

Bárbara Rivera Holmes and Bo Henry, both of Albany, have been named to the Leadership Georgia Class of 2014.

Holmes is director of marketing and existing industries for the Albany-Dougherty Economic Development Commission. Henry is owner of Stewbos, an Albany food and hospitality business.

Leadership Georgia is a 42-year-old organization of community and state leaders. Affiliated with the Georgia Chamber of Commerce, Leadership Georgia trains and builds a network of emerging young leaders from across the state.

Sixty-three participants are selected each year from a pool of several hundred applicants. Class members visit five Georgia communities in a year-long exchange of ideas and experiences about issues afecting the state.

With a principal focus on “State of Giving,” this class will travel to Brasstown Valley, Valdosta, Jekyll Island, Rome and Peachtree City.

Innovation Elixer: Part 1

October 31, 2013 > Posted in Blog, News & Events

By Patrick Stroh

All companies want to be known as innovators and want employees who are innovative.

But what exactly does it mean to be innovative? Do you need grandiose thinking and a Ph.D. in molecular engineering? No, just about anyone can be “innovative” in the right environment and with the right direction.

I often categorize innovation into three buckets, and here I use automobiles as examples:

  1. Incremental Innovation: This includes just about any new features that are put in most cars, such as GPS and antilock brakes.
  2. Distinctive Innovation: Something only one or two cars have for a time, and then those features become standard. Examples would be a backup camera or automatic sensor braking.
  3. Breakthrough Innovation: Something that is brand new to the market — a game-changer. An example would be a driverless car, such as what Google is making.

Some purists would argue that breakthrough innovations are the only true innovations. I disagree. Why limit innovation to just the big ideas?

Smaller ideas and innovations can add up in a hurry, more people can be involved in them, and they are often faster to implement. So let’s not waste time nitpicking what is and is not innovation, and lets spend the time actually innovating!

Having three buckets of innovation provides a balanced portfolio within your company. You probably have a portfolio of products that includes new products, mature products, products in decline, etc. So it makes sense to have varied degrees of innovation that support and improve your business’s strategy.

Let’s think of this in baseball terms. You’re not going to homer every time you step up to the plate, right? You’re also going to hit singles, doubles and triples.

Innovation is the same. You hit singles with incremental projects, doubles and triples with distinctive programs, and homers with breakthrough ideas.

In business you may not be ready for a breakthrough product. Maybe you need some incremental innovation on existing programs. Maybe you are having a hard time differentiating your offering from competitors and you need some distinctive advances.

One of the best ways to have continuous and consistent innovation success is to have an innovation program and mindset that solicits, evaluates and implements a blend of innovation projects and ideas – incremental, distinctive and breakthrough.

In the next three articles, we’ll explore each of these buckets.

Trucking plays essential role in economy

June 11, 2013 > Posted in Blog, News & Events

New Report Underscores Trucking’s Role in U.S. Economy

June 11, 2013

A new report issued today by American Trucking Associations, ATA American Trucking Trends 2013, demonstrated that trucking continues to be the dominant mode of freight transportation inthe United States as even more goods were delivered by truck.

“Good data is important to good policymaking,” said ATA President and CEO Bill Graves . “And the data in Trends shows a dynamic, growing industry that is the literal lifeblood of the U.S. economy.”

Among the findings in this year’s edition of Trends:

  • Trucks moved 9.4 billion tons of freight in 2012, or 68.5% of all domestic shipments. Both figures are up from the previous year.
  • In 2012, trucking generated $642.1 billion in gross freight-related revenues, or 80.7% of the nation’s freight bills, also increases from 2011.
  • There are 6.9 million people employed in trucking-related industries.
  • The majority of trucking companies are small businesses – with 90.5% operating six or fewer trucks. Only 2.8% of fleets operate more than 20 trucks.
  • Class 6-8 trucks traveled 137.2 billion miles in 2011 – up 4.7% from the previous year.
  • The trucking industry paid $36.5 billion in federal and state highway user fees and taxes in 2011 – a 10.3% increase from 2009.

“As the nation continues to travel the road to recovery following the Great Recession it is becoming increasingly clear that trucking is leading the way,” said ATA Chief Economist Bob Costello . “The data in Trends should provide a road map for policy makers and business leaders as they continue to plot the course of that recovery.”

In 2009, Coats & Clark North America relocated its North American distribution hub to Albany to take advantage of the low costs of business while still having great trucking access to its major markets.

“Our research showed that Albany’s strategic location in proximity to major trucking corridors, coupled with the fact that the center is situated close to one of our major manufacturing sites, made it an excellent fit for our new North American distribution center,” Jeff Thompson, director of human resources for Coats & Clark North America, said at the time.