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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 http://business.albanyga.com/jobs. 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 mbickerstaff@albanyga.com, or call 229.434.8700 for more information.

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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 www.choosealbany.com.

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 www.albanyga.com.

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 www.visitalbanyga.com.