Albany Mayor to host forum promoting Albany as tourism destinationALBANY, 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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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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