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Albany Mayor to host public forum on tourism

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

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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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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

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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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Georgia quail hunt welcomes prospects

February 12, 2016 > Posted in Events, News, News & Events

Contact: Reedi Hawkins
                Director of Marketing & Research
                Albany-Dougherty EDC
                rhawkins@choosealbany.com

 

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GEORGIA QUAIL HUNT

(ALBANY) – Twenty-eight site location consultants as well as recruitment and expansion prospects arrived in Southwest Georgia this week to learn about doing business in Georgia while enjoying some of the best quail hunting in the nation during the 28th annual Georgia Quail Hunt in Albany.

The hunt, which is sponsored each year by the Georgia Chamber of Commerce, Georgia Allies, the Albany-Dougherty Economic Development Commission and Locate South Georgia, pairs statewide business leaders with guests whose companies or clients are looking to move to or expand in Georgia so they may learn first-hand about the state’s numerous benefits for businesses.

“Business thrives in Southwest Georgia, and we’re proud to show off our region of the state every year during the Georgia Quail Hunt, an incredible collaboration between local, regional, state and corporate partners,” said Justin Strickland, president of the Albany-Dougherty Economic Development Commission. “Albany and Southwest Georgia’s infrastructure, skilled work force and low costs of doing business make this an attractive location for industry locations and expansions.”

Since 1994, guests of the Georgia Quail Hunt have invested more than $2.5 billion and created more than 8,500 jobs in the state as a result of corporate locations or expansions.

“Our guests learn about the assets we have to offer in Georgia and the services we can provide at all stages of a company’s growth,” said 2016 Georgia Quail Hunt Chair Daryl Ingram, senior vice president of Electric Cities of Georgia. “They experience some of the best quail hunting in the country while interacting with the governor, lieutenant governor, the commissioner of the Georgia

Department of Economic Development, numerous state hosts and local chamber and economic development leaders. We hope to leave them with a strong impression of why Georgia is the No. 1 state for business in the nation.”

“The Georgia Chamber has been a proud sponsor of the Georgia Quail Hunt since its inception in 1988,” said Chris Clark, president and CEO of the Georgia Chamber. “It continues to be one of the premier economic development events in the nation, and we appreciate the support of our partners in continuing this valuable economic development event to attract and grow business in our state.”

In addition to the Georgia Allies, the Albany-Dougherty Economic Development Commission and Locate South Georgia, corporate sponsors include Kia Motors Manufacturing Georgia, MillerCoors, PowerSports Plus, Glock and Heckler & Koch.

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Albany mayor’s forum highlights new leaders

August 19, 2015 > Posted in Community, Events, News & Events

FLYER_LeadershipForumALBANY, GA – August 17, 2015 – Albany Mayor Dorothy Hubbard will host a public forum on August 27 to provide a community introduction to the city’s new leadership including City Manager Sharon Subadan, Albany Police Chief Michael Persley and Albany Fire Chief Ron Rowe.

The forum, sponsored by the Mayor’s Coalition for Economic Development, will allow the citizens of Albany-Dougherty County to learn about the background of each new leader, and also hear about their future plans for the community.

Subadan, who began work as Albany City Manger on June 2, came to Albany from Hillsborough County, Fla., where she served as assistant county administrator. She also holds a Lean 6-Sigma certification, which renders her highly specialized in problem solving and process efficiency.

Persley and Rowe, both Albany natives, have valuable hometown experience, which will aid them in their new positions.

Persley has been with APD since 1993, having served in several capacities, notably as commander of the Albany Police Department Gang Unit and as assistant commander of the Albany-Dougherty Metro SWAT Team. Similarly, Rowe has a long history of service to Albany-Dougherty County, having begun his career with the Albany Fire Department nearly 30 years ago. Prior to being named chief in May 2015, Rowe served the fire department as deputy chief.

The new leadership forum will expand on each leader’s past experience and highlight the ways in which those experiences will be used to the benefit of Albany-Dougherty County.

The August 27 forum is free to the public and will be held 4 p.m. – 6 p.m. in room 100 of the Government Center, located at 222 Pine Ave. in downtown Albany. Following the presentation, refreshments will be served in room 120, providing attendants with an opportunity to speak one on one with the presenters.

For more information, please call (229) 434-0044 or visit Albany-Dougherty Economic Development Commission at Facebook.com/choosealbany.