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Albany Job Investment Fund gets OK

May 29, 2013 > Posted in Blog, News, News & Events

Albany, Ga. — Albany City commissioners approved the policy and criteria established for the Albany Job Investment Fund with credits returned to the city’s Water, Gas & Light Commission from the Municipal Electric Authority of Georgia. The funds equal one-third of an almost $90 million return of money collected as a hedge against deregulation that has been distributed by MEAG to WG&L over the last several years.

“I want it to be stated for the record that this is one of the biggest things the city has done in being pro-business; it’s historic in a way,” Commissioner Roger Marietta said of the fund, which will offer monetary incentives for businesses locating or adding at least 100 new jobs or $10 million in capital improvements in Albany and Dougherty County.

The fund has been called a “game changer” for Albany by state economic development officials.

Guidelines are in place for the fund; the minimum threshold is 100 new jobs or $10 million investment. Projects will first be evaluated by the Albany-Dougherty Economic Development Commission on a project-by-project basis.

Ted Clem, president of the Albany-Dougherty EDC, said the fund is more than an economic development tool. “It’s a sledgehammer,” he said.

Contact the Albany-Dougherty Economic Development Commission for details at 229.434.0044.

 – Staff reports compiled from news stories 

Community fighting poverty; more volunteers needed

September 27, 2012 > Posted in Blog, News, News & Events

Poverty affects everyone, not just those living under its oppression. Strive2Thrive, Albany’s vision to empower families out of poverty, has the numbers to prove that its programming works in helping families take the steps to move themselves forward. Take these figures, for example, provided by Strive2Thrive Coordinator Ausha Jackson:

  • After six months in the program and completion of the 16-week course, “Getting Ahead in a Just Getting-by World,” the overall increase in participants’ income was 11 percent.
  • After 12 months, income increased by 21 percent
  • After 18 months, income was up 74 percent
  • Enrollment in educational programs increased by 86 percent after 18 months
  • After completing the 16-week FDIC MoneySmart class, participants reported a 27 percent overall decrease in debt and a 65 percent increase in assets
  • 42 percent of participants reported an increase in reliable transportation
  • Household use of public funds decreased 25 percent
Not bad work. Although the agency can cite that more than 400 people have volunteered at its weekly meetings and donated more than 4,000 hours of their time, there is still a critical need for general volunteers and for Allies, special volunteers that work directly with the families in poverty.

How can you get involved? First, by learning more about Strive2Thrive. Join staff and others looking to help out at the next S2T Lunch and Learn on October 12 at noon at downtown Albany’s Cafe 230, 230 W. Broad Ave. Lunch is free, but you must RSVP to 229.317.7187.

You can learn more about Strive2Thrive at its Web site,

Click here for the inspiring story of one Strive2Thrive participant.

Get to know TSPLOST before you vote

June 28, 2012 > Posted in Blog

Do you know enough about TSPLOST, or the transportation local-option sales tax, to cast a confident, informed vote at the polls on July 31? If you don’t, it’s time to read up on the facts.

Read more about the local transportation projects that will be funded through TSPLOST, the economic impact, the benefits and how funds will be allocated at Connect Georgia.

Click here for a full list of the Southwest Georgia Region 10 projects that would be funded through TSPLOST.

Education critical to TSPLOST vote

April 30, 2012 > Posted in Blog, News, News & Events

WALB NEWS Channel 10


In a few months you’ll get to vote on a new sales tax that will pay for transportation projects in our area.

Today officials held a meeting for folks in the community to help better inform the public on just what the TSPLOST is.

It’s a one percent sales tax that will keep the money in the regions that approve it.

Dan Bollinger,  Director SW GA Regional Commission says each project, no matter what county, will serve each person in the region one way or another.

A good example is the widening of highway 133 from Albany to Valdosta.

“Jobs get tied to transportation, if you have the four lane..good transpiration network available you’ll be able to attract those jobs.”

It will be on the ballot on July 31st. They start collecting tax in 2013, and folks will see some of the benefits of these projects in 2014.

To learn more about TSPLOST and Southwest Georgia projects, click here.

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TSPLOST set to bring millions to SWGA

April 30, 2012 > Posted in Blog, News, News & Events

TSPLOST set to bring millions to SWGA


By Jessica Fairley, WFLX

April 23, 2012

ALBANY, GA. – In July voters will head to the polls to vote for the one cent transportation tax. Representatives with the Georgia Chamber were in Albany Monday afternoon to gain financial support for the cause.

The Transportation Special Local Option Sales Tax (TSPLOST) is set up to improve Georgia road conditions over the next 10 years by providing funds to local governments for projects.

The money is expected to help with economic development and public safety.

Representatives with the chamber say this is an opportunity that Georgia can’t afford to pass up.

“This is one of those things where we are 49th in the nation per capita spending on transportation. Other states are beating us every day for projects because of this issue. We’ve got to invest in our infrastructure if we’re going to grow as a state,” says Chris Clark, President and CEO for the Georgia Chamber.

If passed, the TSPLOST is expected to create over 14,000 jobs right away and raise over $500 million for southwest Georgia over the next 10 years.

To learn more about TSPLOST and Southwest Georgia projects, click here.

View the original story here.