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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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Reedi Hawkins

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


Georgia quail hunt welcomes prospects

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

Contact: Reedi Hawkins
                Director of Marketing & Research
                Albany-Dougherty EDC






(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.


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

Clean fuel show comes to Georgia

June 9, 2015 > Posted in Events, News & Events


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Bill Edge, Georgia Public Service Commission  | | 404-656-2316


Clean Fuel Vehicle Showcase and Seminar Highlights Local Fleets 5th Annual Alternative Fuel Vehicle Roadshow visits Georgia

Georgia 6/4/2014 – Gas prices may not be in the stratosphere at the moment, but Georgia cities and private fleets are still switching to clean fuels. The Alternative Fuel Vehicle Roadshow is set to open June 15th in Gainesville with an 8-city tour led by Georgia Public Service Commissioner Tim Echols. The series brings together a vehicle showcase and discussion panels on the practical impact of converting fleets to clean, alternative fuels like propane, E85-ethanol, natural gas, electric (EV) and compressed natural gas (CNG). Questions on financing, safety, maintenance and fuel considerations of clean vehicle conversions will be answered by government fleet managers and private sector fleets, along with vehicle manufacturers and utilities who can will highlight their continued success with transitioning fleets, based on need and use.

Localizing the fleet stories.

The eight city clean fuel conversion tour opens in Gainesville, GA at the Brenau Downtown Center and continue on consecutive days to Cartersville’s Tellus Science Museum 6/16, Albany- Dougherty Government Center 6/17 and the Georgia International Convention Center in Atlanta by Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport on June 18th. The second week of the tour begins 6/23 at Agnes Scott College, followed by 6/24 at Sea Palms Resort on St. Simon’s Island, Valdosta 6/25 at Langdale College of Business and Savannah International Convention Center on 6/26 in tandem with the Georgia Municipal Association’s annual Convention. Each alternative fuel vehicle event begins with a showcase of CNG trucks, Propane vans and Shuttles and electric vehicles for test drives, followed by a 2 hour seminar and panel discussions with fleet managers and vehicle conversion experts. Most events run from 9am-12n. Registration is free for government officials and fleet staff and the public is welcome for a nominal charge of $29.

Smart planning pays big fuel dividends.

Natural Gas and Propane vehicle conversions have been increasing steadily across and the Alternative Fuel Vehicle Roadshow will feature stories from local governments including the Cities of Albany, Atlanta, Augusta, Covington, Douglas, Thomasville, and Toccoa who are now operating Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) refuse trucks, pickup trucks, sedans and other CNG vehicles in their fleet. DeKalb County is transitioning their sanitation vehicles over to renewable bio-methane from landfill gas. Speakers from the private sector will also be joining the guest panel. AT&T has deployed 130 CNG light duty service vehicles in the Atlanta area. Mansfield Clean Energy Partners, is now delivering traditional liquid fuels with CNG tanker trucks. UPS is deploying over 100 CNG Class 8 tractor-trailers and 300 CNG package cars in Atlanta this year, and The Langdale Company just placed into service the first Dual-Fuel (diesel/natural gas) trucks in Georgia as well as opening the first public CNG fueling station in South Georgia along the I-75 corridor. UtilitieslikeAtlantaGasLightandLibertyUtilitiesarealso“walkingthetalk”bydeploying CNG vehicles in their fleets.

Fleet vehicle conversions and OEM’s like Ford can point to Propane AutoGas as one of the easiest to deploy in a fleet. The infrastructure can literally be installed in hours and performance

drivers like police and sheriff’s departments report excellent response. In Georgia, Sandy Springs Police and Muscogee County Sheriffs are recent converts. Groome Transportation, operating campus and airport shuttles in five states has converted many university buses to propane, operates over 100 propane vans in the Atlanta area. The Roadshow will display propane vehicles and feature these success stories along with others from the Georgia Propane Gas Association, Amerigas and Georgia Gas. Norcross based, Force911 which is installs certified propane and natural gas systems on existing vehicles will display a converted police truck.

Electric Vehicle charging now easy to find in Georgia.

Earlier this year Kia Motors, which produces the Sorento and Optima in Troup County at one of the state’s largest manufacturing facilities, introduced its new, all-electric Kia SOUL EV to Georgia dealers. This year’s electric vehicle showcase will feature the SOUL EV, alongside the Nissan LEAF and the Ford C-Max Energi. Electric Vehicles in Georgia may see a little of the spark go out when Georgia’s $5,000 EV tax credit expires July 1, but business leaders are hopeful that a compromise investment tax credit will prevail in 2016. Georgia has seen rapid growth in its EV charging infrastructure with companies like Rincon based EFACEC DC Fast Chargers and Hannah Solar that installs and services Level II chargers along with Solar PV. Georgia Power has just deployed over 60 Community Charging Islands at its properties throughout the region with plans to add and additional 50 chargers on hosted properties.

Saving taxpayer money with green improvements.

Georgia’s elected officials will also celebrate be on hand to celebrate the economic growth that alternative fuel vehicles have brought to their regions. Senator Butch Miller and owner of Milton Martin Honda which features the Honda Civic CNG will be on hand in Gainesville along with Representative Carl Rogers and Mayor Danny Dunagan. Senator Bruce Thompson and City Councilwoman Myrtle Figueras will be in Cartersville. Mayor Dorothy Hubbard and Representative Winifred Dukes will be in Albany. Senator Nan Orrock, College Park Mayor Jack Longino will be at the Georgia International Convention Center. Senator Elena Parent will speak at Agnes Scott College in Decatur, Senator William Ligon and State Representative Jeff Jones will bring remarks to St. Simon’s Island. Valdosta Mayor John Gayle will speak at the Langdale College of Business at VSU and Representative Mickey Stephens will give remarks in Savannah as the tour comes to a close on June 26th

The Alternative Fuel Vehicle Roadshow was launched in 2011 and has produced educational events for fleet managers and government leadership officials in 48 cities and 7 states.