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Albany-Dougherty Economic Development Commission wins GEDA ‘Deal of the Year’

November 26, 2018 > Posted in News, News & Events

ATLANTA (November 26, 2018) – The Georgia Economic Developers Association (GEDA) recognized the Albany-Dougherty Economic Development Commission (ADEDC) for “outstanding achievement in the location/expansion of business in Georgia” among mid-size communities at its annual awards luncheon Monday in Atlanta. Albany-Dougherty County was recognized for the Georgia-Pacific lumber project, which announced in July of this year.

The project consists of a $150,000,000 capital investment and 130 new jobs in the location of a new state-of-the-art Georgia-Pacific lumber production facility.  The community was able to locate the industry at the Albany-Dougherty Industrial Park, a community-invested and pre-developed 224-acre industrial site, which proved to be the difference-maker in winning this project. This is the first new manufacturing project announcement for the community in more than 10 years.

“To win ‘Deal of the Year’ in the nation’s number one state for business is a tremendous honor for Albany-Dougherty County,” said ADEDC President Justin Strickland. “Georgia-Pacific’s new lumber production facility is a great fit for Albany and South Georgia. We are very proud to soon have another Made in Albany, GA product.”

 About the Award

This is now the 12th year that GEDA has recognized major projects in the state. In what has become a major portion of the annual awards ceremony, GEDA recognizes recipients in four categories:

  • Small – a county with population 50,000 and under,
  • Mid-size – a county with population 50,001 – 100,000,
  • Large – a county with population over 100,000,
  • Regional – any multi-county effort.

The GEDA “Deal of the Year” Awards recognize outstanding achievement in the location of or expansion of business in the state of Georgia that meet community economic development goals and involve significant community program support, such as financial or permitting assistance, workforce development, and state financial support.




About the Georgia Economic Developer’s Association

The Georgia Economic Developers Association is a nonprofit association of professionals, volunteers and supporters. The association provides networking and professional development opportunities for its members, and supports public policies that promote quality job creation and sustainable economic development throughout the state. For more information, visit

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. For more information, visit