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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

Clean fuel show comes to Georgia

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


Joy Kramer, Event Energy Partners LLC  | | 404-274-0068
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.


Mayor’s coalition to host SPLOST forum

April 29, 2015 > Posted in Community, Events, News & Events


April 13-17: Industry Celebration Week

February 6, 2015 > Posted in Events

Albany-Dougherty Industry Celebration Week, a weeklong community-wide appreciation of the community’s existing industries, hosted by the Albany-Dougherty Economic Development Commission, will be April 13-17. The annual ADEDC Industry Awards will be presented on April 15.

“Albany-Dougherty County’s existing industries are the foundation of its diversified economy, from health care to manufacturing to distribution to call centers, and they are having successes in many areas,” said Justin Strickland, president of the Albany-Dougherty Economic Development Commission. “We promote our existing industries every day, but through the awards we pay special tribute to their accomplishments and contributions to the local, national and global economy.”

Celebration Week activities:

 Click here to register for the Industry Awards Rise n Shine.

Nominations for the ADEDC Industry Awards are open until March 6. Download the awards applications/nominations form here.  Nominations/applications should be sent to Bárbara Rivera Holmes, vice president of the ADEDC and manager of its existing industries program, at




September 23: Downtowns on the Rise forum

September 12, 2014 > Posted in Events, News & Events