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Southwest Georgia Regional Job Fair to connect employers and job seekers throughout region

October 12, 2021 > Posted in News, News & Events

Albany, Ga. – To connect Southwest Georgia residents with career opportunities throughout the region, the Albany-Dougherty Economic Development Commission, Albany Convention and Visitors Bureau, and Albany Area Chamber of Commerce are joining forces with the Flint River Entertainment Complex to lead a regional career placement initiative by hosting the Southwest Georgia Regional Job Fair on November 9 at the Albany Civic Center from 2 p.m. – 7 p.m.

The job fair will feature regional employers seeking candidates for current job vacancies. Employer booths are $50 for a 10×10 booth which includes a table, two chairs, piping and draping, with an additional $25 for power connection. All employers interested in participating can register at

“Southwest Georgia is ripe with qualified, hardworking talent, looking for the next right step in their career,” said ADEDC President and CEO Jana Dyke. “Similarly, we have many employers with available positions across a wide variety of industry sectors. In order to bridge this gap between talent and opportunity, we are coming together with our local and reginal partners to produce the ultimate job-placement event in the Southwest Georgia Regional Job Fair.” 

Job seekers attending the event will get an opportunity to speak with prospective employers in the financial services, health care, hospitality, non-profit, government and manufacturing sectors, to name only a few. Individuals attending the fair in hopes of securing employment should come professionally dressed with printed copies of a current resume, and be prepared for on-the-spot interviews.

“For almost a century, Georgia Power has been helping hometowns across the state grow and prosper. A huge part of that work is supporting initiatives like this job fair, connecting companies with local talent. Full employee parking lots make us proud, and I am proud to support those efforts and this region of the state,” said Scott Purvis, Georgia Power Community and Economic Development Manager for the southern region. 

For job seekers interested in attending the job fair, but who have limited transportation, the Albany Transit System has partnered with organizers to offer FREE bus fares for those traveling to the event. 

The event is free to attendants, and registration is not required. 

In addition to local partners, the event is sponsored and hosted in partnership by Georgia Power, Georgia EMC, Camilla Chamber of Commerce, Imagine Thomasville, Lee County Chamber of Commerce, Mitchell County Development Authority, Sumter County Development Authority, Sylvester-Worth County Chamber of Commerce, and Terrell County Board of Commissioners. 

Georgia Department of Labor and Macon Employer Committee to co-host “Employers in the Know 2021” business summits

October 7, 2021 > Posted in News, News & Events

SEPTEMBER 28, 2021

Atlanta, GA – The Georgia Department of Labor (GDOL) and the Macon Employer Committee will co-host the “Employers in the Know 2021” business summits.

These summits are designed to provide managers, human resources professionals, business owners, and supervisors with tips for handling management, compliance and operational effectiveness challenges COVID-19 has caused in the 2021 workplace.

This annual event, “Employers in the Know 2021”, provides an opportunity to:

  • Hear from Commissioner of Labor Mark Butler as he discusses ways to overcome workforce challenges during a pandemic.
  • Receive valuable information about Employer Filed Claims from an Unemployment Insurance expert.
  • Get information from a Labor Law expert that helps with planning your business policies and actions in this complex legal and regulatory business environment.
  • Examine the five biggest trends facing today’s workplace, what employers should understand about them and how businesses can take action moving forward.

Virtual summits are scheduled from 9:00 AM – 3:30 PM via Zoom. This event has been pre-approved for five (5) Professional Development Credits under SHRM-HRCI. The cost to register is $40.

Select here to register for the summit scheduled November 9, 2021

Select here to register for the summit scheduled November 16, 2021

4C Academy Selected as College and Career Academy of the Year

October 7, 2021 > Posted in News, News & Events

LaGrange, GA, October 6, 2021 — The Commodore Conyers College and Career Academy (4C Academy) has been selected as the 2021 College and Career Academy of the Year. The announcement was made at the Lt. Governor’s Annual Business and Education Summit where the 4C Academy was recognized for its strong community partnerships, its growing internship program, and its innovative project-based learning initiatives. The 4C Academy was selected by the Lt. Governor’s office from a group of four very deserving finalists, according to Mark Peevy, Assistant Commissioner with the Technical College System of Georgia.

Accepting the award on behalf of the 4C Academy was Chris Hatcher, CEO, Angie Gardner, Principal, and Kenneth Dyer, Superintendent of the Dougherty County School System. “This award is a testament to the strong partnerships and teamwork that we have in our community,” stated Hatcher. “We are so fortunate to have a dedicated board of directors and a committed group of instructors who are focused on developing talent and preparing students for success.”

Lt. Governor Geoff Duncan was the Keynote Speaker at the Business and Education Summit and applauded the 50 plus college and career academies for their work in helping make Georgia the number one state in which to do business for the eighth straight year. Duncan shared his vision for making Georgia the technology hub of the east coast with the attendees, made up of college and career academy executives/boards, statewide business/industry leaders, and local and state education officials. He encouraged the college and career academies to continue to innovate and leverage technology as they prepare students for the future.

Dougherty County School Superintendent Kenneth Dyer commented on the award saying, “It has been exciting to see the evolution of the 4C Academy as we continue to push for innovation and relevancy in education. It is our goal to provide multiple options for our high school students to learn and grow, and 4C is making a tremendous impact by preparing students, connecting them with our local business community, and exposing them to opportunities right here in Albany. We are certainly proud of 4C and look forward to continued success.”

Chandu Kuntawala, Chairman of the Board of the 4C Academy, was also excited about the award, “This award represents the culmination of the foundation that was laid 7 years ago, with the incredible work and achievements that the leadership, staff, and team have achieved since then. I have said it from the beginning, 4C is a ‘game changer’ for our community and it remains true today. It is great to be recognized by the Lt. Governor’s office and we are very proud of the 4C Academy and this accomplishment.”

Lt. Governor Geoff Duncan’s Third Annual Business and Education Summit took place on October 5th at the THINC College and Career Academy in LaGrange. Industry and community leaders, as well as state and local education officials joined the Lt. Governor for a one-day conference aimed at furthering the dialogue around transformative education initiatives that will build a workforce second to none.

About 4C Academy:

The mission of the Commodore Conyers College & Career Academy is to produce college and career-ready graduates with relevant skills and education and exceptional work ethic who can compete and succeed in the real world. Our partners include local business and industry, the Dougherty County School System, Albany Technical College, Albany State University, the Albany/Dougherty Economic Development Commission, and the Albany Area Chamber of Commerce. In addition, we have partnered with the Calhoun, Terrell, and Baker County School Systems.


Credit: Dougherty County School System and 4C Academy

Albany-Dougherty EDC announces $18 million Pratt Industries expansion

August 3, 2021 > Posted in Industry, News, News & Events, Uncategorized

For Immediate Release

Contact: Reedi Hawkins Mabrey

August 3, 2021

Albany-Dougherty EDC announces $18 million Pratt Industries expansion
Albany-Dougherty EDC announces $18 million Pratt Industries expansion

Albany, Ga. – The Albany-Dougherty Economic Development Commission today announced the expansion of Pratt Industries, resulting in more than $18 million in capital investment and the creation of 30 new jobs.

Pratt Industries is the country’s fifth largest corrugated packaging company, and has maintained a converting plant for corrugated boxes in Albany since 1983.

Albany’s sheet converting plant is one of Pratt’s more than 40 facilities throughout the United States and Mexico – the world’s largest converting network – tasked with converting corrugated paper board into finished boxes. 

“Pratt is a key contributor in the global logistics industry, as one of the world’s largest producers of recycled containerboard. Their continued investment in our community reaffirms Albany-Dougherty County as an ideal location for manufacturing and logistics industries, and we are proud to have Pratt as a corporate citizen here in our community,” said ADEDC President and CEO Jana Dyke.

The expansion comes as a result of an increase in global shipping and logistics needs, and will include an addition of over 100,000 square feet to Pratt’s existing facility. Upgrades will include new machinery, new scrap recycling system, waste water system and additional warehouse space.

“We have been proud to call Albany home for the last 38 years and are excited to be continuing and strengthening our relationship with the local community,” said Pratt Industries Albany Plant Manager Drew Pennington. 

Pratt’s expansion is expected to be complete by January 2022. See here for career opportunities.


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 Pratt Industries

Pratt is America’s 5th largest corrugated packaging company and the world’s largest, privately-held producer of 100% recycled containerboard, with some 7,500 highly-skilled, green-collar employees, dedicated to the environment and sustainability. Pratt was founded in the USA more than 30 years ago and, since then, has shown dramatic growth with sophisticated manufacturing facilities in 25 states. 

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