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EDC, Chamber, CVB partner on job and internship placement initiative

May 13, 2021 > Posted in News, News & Events

Albany, Ga.– The Albany-Dougherty Economic Development Commission, Albany Area Chamber of Commerce and Albany Convention and Visitors Bureau are working on a collaborative initiative to match local students to employment and internship opportunities in the community. 

The organizations are asking businesses to report available opportunities here, requesting information on what positions or internships are available, what the terms are, who is eligible and how to apply. 

The initiative comes as a result of conversations with both business owners and higher educational institutions, expressing the idea that there is an apparent disconnect between businesses in need of employees, and qualified candidates in need of opportunities.

“The EDC exists, in part, to foster job creation and growth, and aims to accomplish those goals through both the recruitment of new industry and the retention and expansion of existing industry,” said Jana Dyke, president and CEO of the Albany-Dougherty Economic Development Commission. “We heard the call for a collaborative effort to address the need for connection between existing employers and job candidates, and came together with our partners to answer that call through this initiative.”

The need for this resource grew, most notably, out of conversations with Albany State University (ASU). The university expressed interest in expanding opportunities to actively engage as a member of the corporate and educational community. “We have many great professional certificate and academic degree programs that certainly could address the needs of local businesses and organizations, said ASU President Marion Ross Fedrick. 

“Through this partnership with the EDC, CVB and the Chamber of Commerce, ASU can increase our ability to meet the needs of community business partners, stimulate the local economy, and most importantly, provide outstanding opportunities for experiential learning and employment for our students, added Fedrick. 

In the evolving aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic, businesses have found themselves in greater need than ever for increased workforce. 

“The hospitality industry, in particular, has suffered in the wake of COVID-19,” said CVB President Rashelle Beasley. “Employers are having a hard time staffing their organizations to keep up with demand, due to the competitive rates of unemployment benefits, and in some cases, are having to condense their hours in light of that.”

With workforce development as a continued focus of leadership in Albany-Dougherty County, the Chamber is confident that the needed resources, for both job seekers and job posters, are already right here in our community.

As a further resource, the Albany Area Chamber offers a job posting service to its members year round at If you would like to advertise available job opportunities with the Chamber, but are not yet a member, please contact Membership Director Mary Bickerstaff at, or call 229.434.8700 for more information.


About the Albany-Dougherty Economic Development Commission   

The Albany-Dougherty Economic Development Commission is a public-private partnership whose mission is to foster new investment and job creation through the recruitment, retention and expansion of industry for Albany-Dougherty County. To learn more, visit

About the Albany Area Chamber of Commerce

The Albany Area Chamber, founded in 1910, is leading a multi-year strategic effort to advance business success and economic opportunities in Albany and the Albany Area. Learn more at

About the Albany Convention and Visitors Bureau

The Albany Convention & Visitors Bureau works with first class accommodations, award winning attractions and the finest restaurants in Southwest Georgia to promote Albany as a destination travel spot. Visitors can experience the great outdoors, walk through history, and spoil themselves with true southern hospitality in Southwest Georgia. For more information, visit

Local grocery and convenience stores now displaying ‘#MadeInAlbanyGA’ products

March 9, 2021 > Posted in News, News & Events

Albany, Ga. – The Albany-Dougherty Economic Development Commission this week launched a new phase of its award-winning “#MadeInAlbanyGA” campaign, wherein customers can now identify and shop made in Albany products directly off the shelves at local grocery and convenience stores. 

Participating stores include BLOC Stop, Homerun Foods, Mike’s County Stores and Woodall’s, with a total of 18 locations between them, spanning to all corners of the community. 

“This is an exciting extension of our Made in Albany campaign, which has been widely recognized for its success in promoting our existing industries and the world renowned products produced right here in our community by our local workforce,” said ADEDC President and CEO Jana Dyke. “As we take steps towards economic recovery in the aftermath of COVID-19, it’s important now, more than ever, to support our local businesses and the community members they employ.”

The Made in Albany campaign was recognized in 2019 by the Southeastern Economic Development Council as “Best of Class” at the organization’s annual communication awards. The award was received in the category of Overall Marketing Campaign for communities with populations of 25,000 – 200,000, and is the top honor in its division. 

The campaign features Albany’s major manufacturers including Albany Green Energy, Coats & Clark, Marine Depot Maintenance Command at MCLB Albany, Mars Wrigley Confectionery, MolsonCoors, Pretoria Fields Collective, Procter & Gamble, Sasco Chemical, Sunnyland farms, Tara Foods, Thermacare and Thrush Aircraft.  

Albany-made consumer products will be identified by the Made in Albany seal at participating locations.

“We’re proud to partner with the Albany-Dougherty EDC on this initiative, as community pride and local partnerships have always been a big focus of Mike’s,” said Mike Rogers, owner and operator of Mike’s Country Stores. “It’s amazing to come from a community with such an expansive manufacturing base, and then to be able to represent these locally made products right here in our stores and show pride in what our friends and neighbors have produced for a national stage.”

The ADEDC invites retailers to participate in the program by contacting Reedi Mabrey at rmabrey@choosealbany.comor calling the Economic Development Commission at 229-434-0044 with expressed interest.


About the Albany-Dougherty Economic Development Commission   

The Albany-Dougherty Economic Development Commission is a public-private partnership whose mission is to foster new investment and job creation through the recruitment, retention and expansion of industry for Albany-Dougherty County. To learn more, visit

ADEDC hosts groundbreaking on East Albany development

February 26, 2021 > Posted in Community, Events, News, News & Events

Albany, Ga. – The Albany-Dougherty Economic Development Commission today held a groundbreaking ceremony for One Leaf Community Store, a mixed-use, community-focused retail development serving East Albany. 

The development –which will encompass a total of eight businesses including a gas station, barber shop, post office, clothing store, ice cream shop, café, restaurant and beverage store – was designed with the community’s needs in mind. 

“We’re excited about this project because it will serve to meet many needs of the surrounding area and the community as a whole,” said Jaymin Patel, Developer of One Leaf. “We choose to refer to this development specifically as a ‘community store,’ because that’s the goal, is to serve the community.”

The One Leaf Community Store is located at 1629 Clark Avenue, with close proximity to Highways 19 and 82, and will be easily accessible by East Albany residents. 

“The vision for this community store is to be a one-stop-shop for the East Albany Community, allowing this single location to meet a variety of needs, within driving, or even walking distance,” said ADEDC President and CEO Jana Dyke. “This signifies great momentum for our community in terms of retail development and service delivery, while also serving as yet another asset in one of our most essential transportation corridors”

One Leaf Community Store is projected to open by late 2021.


About the Albany-Dougherty Economic Development Commission   

The Albany-Dougherty Economic Development Commission is a public-private partnership whose mission is to foster new investment and job creation through the recruitment, retention and expansion of industry for Albany-Dougherty County. To learn more, visit

We’re Hiring – Administrative Support Manager

January 21, 2021 > Posted in News, News & Events

Albany-Dougherty Economic Development Commission

Job Description

Job Title:                      Administrative Support Manager

Reports To:                   President

Prepared By:                 Jana Dyke

Prepared Date: 1/14/21

VALUES: Passion for Albany and Dougherty County; energetic and committed work ethic; willingness to change and adapt work to meet the needs of the ADEDC.

SUMMARY: The individual shall report to the President.  This position is designed to assist the President and Board members of the Albany-Dougherty Economic Development Commission and Payroll Development Authority. The Administrative Support Manager is responsible for supporting and coordinating activities as designated by the President. The Administrative Support Manager will be a representative of the ADEDC and shall act in accordance with the provisions outlined in the organization’s policies.


  • Provide excellent customer service as first point of contact for phone, mail, digital, and visitor inquiries and serve as primary office coverage between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.
  • Schedule meetings, prepare correspondence, send notices, make reminder calls, prepare agendas, transcribe minutes of meetings for Albany-Dougherty Economic Development Commission and Albany Dougherty Payroll Development Authority
  • Draft, edit, format, and proof letters and answer correspondence
  • Coordinate schedules and appointments for the President and Project Manager 
  • Coordinate travel logistics, plans and support for ADEDC
  • Collate and assemble reports and documents for the President & Project Manager
  • Maintain new informational and statistical materials for print, electronic and website use
  • Serves as custodian of ADEDC files by maintaining all files (both paper and electronic) for the ADEDC and other appropriate files as directed
  • Assist with preparing various reports for management of budgets, grants, loans, and facilities
  • Assist in the coordination of special events for the ADEDC
  • Coordinate with various vendors to ensure staff has appropriate equipment, instructions and proper access and logins; maintain an inventory of such equipment and software; and monitor and initiate procedures for proper updating of software and business systems
  • Maintain security, integrity, and confidentiality of data
  • Manage all office support technologies/equipment/supplies
  • Attends meetings as required
  • Performs other duties as assigned by the President


Works with staff to achieve ADEDC goals and objectives


To perform the role successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty to a level of confidence. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required:

  • Keyboarding
  • Excellent internal and external customer service skills
  • Professional telephone etiquette
  • Professional appearance
  • Working knowledge of business / governmental task forces
  • Working knowledge of Albany-Dougherty County and Southwest Georgia
  • Organizational knowledge
  • Operating knowledge of technology, applications to include Word, Excel, Access, Prezi, PowerPoint and Internet
  • Experience in Adobe Design, Canva or other design program


High School Diploma. College degree preferred.


Demonstrated general knowledge of financial principles; ability to communicate orally and in written form effectively.


Demonstrated ability to anticipate and solve practical problems and resolve issues.


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Individuals may need to sit or stand as needed and may require walking primarily on a level surface for periodic periods throughout the day. Reaching above shoulder heights, below the waist or lifting as required to file documents or store materials throughout the workday; may include lifting items up to 25 pounds for moving materials, proper lifting techniques required.

The performance of this position may occasionally require exposure to manufacturing areas that require the use of personal protective equipment such as safety glasses with side shields and mandatory hearing protection. Primary work environment: ambient room temperatures, lighting and office equipment as found in a typical office environment.


Albany-Dougherty EDC board approves Jana Dyke as organization president & CEO

November 2, 2020 > Posted in News, News & Events

Albany, Ga.– The board of the Albany-Dougherty Economic Development Commission today approved Jana Dyke as the organization’s new president and CEO at a special called meeting.

Dyke is a Southwest Georgia native and has held several economic development roles over the last twenty plus years, most recently having served as executive director of the Waycross-Ware County Development Authority. 

“South Georgia is home for me,” Dyke said.  “I grew up going to school in Lee County and working in this region.  Now I want to play a role in sustaining the jobs that are already here as well as be a part of the team that builds a foundation for attracting new investments.  The opportunity to lead the organization that serves as the key point of contact for economic development in Albany and Dougherty County is an exciting challenge I look forward to.”

Dyke is a graduate of Columbia Southern University with a Bachelor of Administration and Management degree.  She currently serves as Georgia state director for the Southern Economic Development Council, the oldest and largest regional economic development association for professionals in North America.  Dyke is also a member of the Georgia Economic Developers Association, Leadership Georgia Class of 2020, Georgia Chamber of Commerce Rural Prosperity Steering Committee, board of directors of the Waycross-Ware County Chamber of Commerce, graduate of Leadership Waycross, graduate of The Georgia Academy for Economic Development, and member of the Waycross Rotary Club and Exchange Club of Waycross. 

The new executive’s start date is slated for December 1, 2020. 


About the Albany-Dougherty Economic Development Commission   

The Albany-Dougherty Economic Development Commission is a public-private partnership whose mission is to foster new investment and job creation through the recruitment, retention and expansion of industry for Albany-Dougherty County.