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Albany Mayor’s Coalition for Economic Development to host workplace readiness forum

August 14, 2018 > Posted in Community, Events, News & Events

Media Contact:

Reedi Hawkins
O: 229-434-0044
E: rhawkins@choosealbany.com

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

August 14, 2018

ALBANY, GA.– Albany Mayor Dorothy Hubbard and her Coalition for Economic Development will host a public forum on workplace readiness on Wednesday, August 29, focusing in on soft skills training and employer expectations.

Presentations will come from Connie Smith, director of the Georgia Department of Labor’s “GeorgiaBEST” (Business Employability Skills Training) program, Terrence Wilson of the Georgia Appleseed Center for Law and Justice and Benny Hand from Dougherty County’s “All-In” campaign for education, an initiative of the Georgia Appleseed Center. All three organizations serve a mission of preparing students and job candidates for the workplace.

“Albany’s competitiveness as a business destination depends on the readiness of its workforce, both in terms of soft skills and hard skills, and that readiness begins early in life – at home, in the schools and through extracurricular activities,” said Albany Mayor Dorothy Hubbard.“  The Department of Labor’s GeorgiaBEST Program and the All-In initiative of Georgia Appleseed are two programs working to ensure that our young people are set for success before they enter the workforce.”

The event will offer advice on how job candidates can become more prepared for the workplace, and will explain what the presenting organizations are doing to address workplace readiness trends in Dougherty County and across the state of Georgia such as soft skills training, encouragement of educational achievement and increasing preparedness on employer expectations.

The August 29 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 Avenue in downtown Albany. Light refreshments will be served in the lobby following the event.

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

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 Mayor’s Coalition for Economic Development to host forum on workforce and hiring

April 30, 2018 > Posted in Community, Events, News, News & Events

Media Contact:

Reedi Hawkins
rhawkins@choosealbany.com
229.434.0044

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

ALBANY, GA.– Albany Mayor Dorothy Hubbard and her Coalition for Economic Development will host a public forum on Wednesday, May 9 focusing on the area’s workforce needs and hiring criteria across Albany-Dougherty County’s five major industry sectors.

“Albany-Dougherty County is fortunate to have a broad industry base with five target industry sectors in manufacturing, defense, distribution and logistics, call centers and healthcare,” said Albany Mayor Dorothy Hubbard. “It’s important that our citizens know what opportunities are available to them here, professionally, and that they know how and when to begin preparing themselves to capitalize on these opportunities in order to gain employment at one of our local industries.”

The town hall-style event will feature five panelists, each  presenting information on behalf  their organization, as well as their respective industry sector. Panelists include P&G Plant manager Werhner Washington on manufacturing, Deputy Commander at Marine Depot ‎Maintenance Command Trent Blalock on defense, Southern Ag Carriers President Hugh Nall on distribution and logistics, Webstaurant Customer Solutions Team Leader Chris Mathis on call centers and Phoebe Health System Vice President of Human Resources Tracy St. Amant on healthcare.

The event will offer information on what these major industry sectors routinely look for in an employee and how community members can best prepare themselves to become an ideal candidate.

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

The May 9 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 Avenue in downtown Albany. Light refreshments will be served in the lobby following the event.

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 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