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Georgia Chamber’s ‘Georgia Quail Hunt’ celebrates 30th anniversary

February 8, 2018 > Posted in News, News & Events

For Immediate Release

Contact: Reedi Hawkins

February 8, 2018

Albany, Ga. – Twenty-seven site selection professionals arrived in Southwest Georgia this week to learn about doing business in Georgia while enjoying some of the best quail hunting in the nation during the Georgia Chamber of Commerce’s 30th annual Georgia Quail Hunt in Albany. 

The hunt, which is sponsored each year by the Georgia Chamber of Commerce, Georgia Allies, the Albany-Dougherty Economic Development Commission and Locate South Georgia, pairs statewide business and economic development leaders with guests whose companies or clients are looking to move to or expand in Georgia so they may learn first-hand about the state’s numerous benefits for businesses.

Georgia Governor Nathan Deal was on hand for the event.

“I’m excited to join members of the Albany community and business leaders for the 30th annual Georgia Quail Hunt,” said Deal. “The Albany-Dougherty region is essential to Georgia’s economy and this event is a great way to showcase much of what Southwest Georgia has to offer. During this event, we hope to highlight opportunities in the region and further accentuate that Georgia is the best state for business. I’m looking forward to a productive outing and another good hunt in Albany.”

The hunt utilizes various hunting preserves throughout Southwest Georgia and is based primarily out of Albany.

“In Albany-Dougherty County, we believe collaboration is key. The Georgia Quail Hunt, hosted in Albany for 30 years, is a testament to that principle as an incredible collaboration between local, regional, state and corporate partners,” said Justin Strickland, president of the Albany-Dougherty Economic Development Commission. “Having the opportunity to host this broad range of partners in Albany each year gives us the chance, not only to connect and network with one another, but to show off our skilled work force, infrastructure, low costs of doing business and other assets that make this an attractive location for industry locations and expansions.”

Such collaboration is largely to credit for Georgia’s consistent recognition by industry experts as the nation’s top state for business.  

“This year’s 30th anniversary of the Hunt marks a milestone for Georgia and the southwest region,” said 2018 Georgia Quail Hunt Chairman Daryl Ingram, senior vice president of Electric Cities of Georgia. “Economic growth benefits every citizen and every industry sector. That is the objective of this event, which brings together public and private business leaders from around the state and country to showcase our great state. We hope to leave them with a strong impression of why Georgia is the No. 1 state in which to do business.” 

The Georgia Chamber of Commerce, the state’s premiere business advocacy organization and organizer of the Georgia Quail Hunt since its inception, says the annual hunt has been successful in recruiting businesses to Georgia.

“We are proud to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Georgia Quail Hunt. Since 1988, this event has sparked the creation of thousands of jobs and tens of billions in investment in Georgia’s economy,” said Chris Clark, president and CEO of the Georgia Chamber. “Our focus is to bring attention to Southwest Georgia and the incredible talent, strategic location, natural resources and quality of life we have to offer businesses from all over the world. We thank the citizens of the region for making this event such a success.”

In addition to the Georgia Allies, the Albany-Dougherty Economic Development Commission and Locate South Georgia, corporate sponsors include Kia Motors Manufacturing Georgia, MillerCoors, PowerSports Plus, Glock and Trulock Choke Tubes.