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Optimizing Marketing Strategies in a Digital World

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Develop successful marketing strategies to build relationships
with customers and grow your business in 2017

Not only do businesses need a strong online presence, it is important to know what to say to customers in addition to where to say it. The goal of this series is to learn new trends and tactics to implement successful marketing strategies you can use  in 2017 and beyond with measurable results. You can join us for individual sessions or SAVE by signing up for the entire series. Take a look at the schedule below and see what works best for you. Sign up quickly, seats limited!

March 2 – Using LinkedIn to Build Influence

March 23 – Making Facebook Strategic

April 13 – Mobile Marketing and Online Strategy

April 27 – Pinterest/Instagram/Video for Business

May 11 – Digital Strategies for Your Marketing Plan

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Albany Museum of Art & Albany Civil Rights Institute Host Lift Every Voice Concert

Lift Every Voice

Tuesday, February 23
6:00 to 8:00 PM
Albany State University West Campus| J Building Theater

The Albany Civil Rights Institute along with the Albany Museum of Art welcome you to attend the 2017 Lift Every Voice: Black History Month Concert. It will be held on Thursday February 23, from 6:00 to 8:00 PM at the Albany State University West Campus in the J Building Theater. This free event endeavors to embody the spirit of the song it was named for. Written in 1899, “Lift Every Voice” was considered to be the cry of freedom from the African American people. Regarded in present day to be the “Black American National Anthem” this song embodies the African American struggle, as well as their spirit of hope. The 2017 Lift Every Voice event will equally “ring the harmonies of liberty” by highlighting African American history and culture and bringing all manner of people together, regardless of color. In its fourth year, the concert will bring together for a night of celebration, the Freedom Singers, Junior Freedom Singers, and choirs from Dougherty County Middle and High Schools, Deerfield-Windsor School and Sherwood Christian Academy.

Due to the violent storm damage that the Albany Museum of Art suffered over the past month, the event coordinators were forced to move the venue to the Albany State University West Campus. The recovery process for the building will be long and arduous. However, despite the

damage, the Albany Museum of Art is moving forward with many of their scheduled events in an effort to continue the important cultural contribution that they provide to the city of Albany. The Albany Museum of Art and the Albany Civil Rights Institute are thankful that Albany State University is so graciously willing to open their doors for this wonderful event.
This year, Lift Every Voice is presented in celebration of the Grand Opening of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture. The National Museum of African American History and Culture is the nineteenth museum of the Smithsonian Institution and is located at the foot of the Washington Monument on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. The museum provides for the collection, study, and establishment of programs and exhibitions related to African American life, history, art, and culture. It is a place where people can learn about the diversity of the African American experience; it is a place of meaning, memory, reflection, laughter, and hope. Lift Every Voice is a part of their global initiative to bring this experience to the nation and across the world.

Join the Albany Civil Rights Institute, the Albany Museum of Art, and the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture as they celebrate the rich history of African Americans through Lift Every Voice on Thursday, February 23.

Hamilton Works to Rebuild Relay Center and Expand Workforce Following January 2nd Storm

Hamilton Relay, Inc., a national leader in the telecommunications relay and captioned telephone services industry, announced today that it has resumed operations and training classes in Albany, Georgia.  After a severe storm demolished Hamilton’s relay center, the company and the owner of the center, Carter Properties, immediately established plans to re-build. Re-construction of the center at 2231 Dawson Road is currently underway and expected to be completed by Spring of 2017. In the meantime, Hamilton Relay has secured two temporary locations and has resumed operations in Albany.

“First and foremost, Hamilton is grateful that the employees working at the time the storm hit escaped with only a few minor injuries,” said Dixie Ziegler, vice president of Hamilton Relay. “We’ve received tremendous support from our employees and from the Albany community. Our thoughts continue to be with all of southwest Georgia and those who have been affected by the severe weather this winter.”

The Albany Center was established in 2006 and processes relay calls for individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing, deaf-blind or have difficulty speaking. In 2014, Hamilton began processing captioned telephone calls from the Albany center. Since that time, demand for captioned telephone service has led to continued growth of the Albany facility.

In addition to re-building, Hamilton Relay continues to expand its workforce and is hiring. Captioning Assistant positions are available and include full-time, part-time, days, evenings and weekend shifts. Applications can be completed online at, or in person at Hamilton’s temporary location in Albany Towers at 235 W. Roosevelt Ave, 5th Floor. For more information, contact Human Resources via email at or call 800.821.1831.

About Hamilton Relay

Hamilton Relay, Inc. provides contracted Traditional Relay and Captioned Telephone services through 24 contracts to 18 states, the District of Columbia and the Island of Saipan, and is a provider of Internet-based Captioned Telephone services nationwide. More information is available at

Hamilton Relay is a division of Nedelco, Inc. dba Hamilton Telecommunications, a diversified communications and technology service provider based in Aurora, Nebraska. Founded in 1901, Hamilton Telecommunications encompasses seven primary company divisions that allow Hamilton to operate on a local, regional and national basis.

Hamilton Relay is a registered trademark of Nedelco, Inc. dba Hamilton Telecommunications. CapTel is a registered trademark of Ultratec, Inc.

Miracle Kia/Miracle Toyota of Albany Donates to AMA Storm Relief Campaign

Miracle Kia and Miracle Toyota of Albany will donate $5,000 to Albany Museum of Art in an effort to assist them with the damage generated by an unexpected storm that hit the city January 3rd. This weather phenomenon, left thousands without power and many families looking for shelter due to property damage. Miracle Kia and Miracle Toyota are committed to the community of Albany and will continue to assist one project at a time.

Miracle Kia and Miracle Toyota want to invite business owners in the area with the ability to help, to please follow their lead and bring some relief to local brothers and sisters in need.

As for the Albany Museum of Art, the majority of the roof of the building is completely gone, the employees and demolition crew are working around the clock to preserve the art work and clean whatever debris they can. They do not have power or heat and have to rely on hanging flashlights to see what they are doing, there is water and debris everywhere upstairs. As of now, they have lost 3 gallery rooms and their entire upstairs office (including any and all supplies-desks chairs, computers, phones, filing cabinets, etc.) The biggest concern Paula Williams, Director of the Albany Museum of Art, has right now is her employees, she knows that there is no money to pay them after next week and they will all be without income. The insurance they have will not compensate Williams and her employees, and, according to Williams, will hardly put a dent in getting the building back to its prior condition. Williams and Yvonne Jones are also without power and heat in their own homes as a result of the storm.

In addition to the donation mentioned before, Miracle Kia and Miracle Toyota of Albany will make a donation per car sold during the month of January. Williams is extremely excited, she said “It is truly overwhelming to see Miracle, The Albany Herald and the local Fox News combine efforts to help us.”  Ken Boler, General Sales Manager with The Herald said “it is nice to see Miracle Kia and Miracle Toyota take the lead on this initiative. Hopefully other local businesses will follow their example to reconstruct such a special Albany treasure.”


Miracle Kia/Miracle Toyota of Albany: Car dealerships located on Ledo Rd. recently invested over 6 million dollars relocating and building brand new facilities really care about the community and their employees. Miracle loves Albany is not just this year’s charity initiative, but also our commitment to the city. Check out our Facebook pages and keep in touch with our updates.

Leadership Albany Offers FranklinCovey Courses

Leadership Albany is excited to announce our partnership with FranklinCovey to bring their popular training to our community at a discount. Our initial offering focuses on personal effectiveness by including the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, the 5 Choices to Extraordinary Productivity, and Project Management Essentials.

Each course is available online and on demand so that you and your team can choose the best time to incorporate this training into your individual schedules. The number of passes available for this is limited and the time to complete the courses is February 28th. Contact Mary Ligon for more information.

Retired Albany surgeon Charles Gillespie receives Medical Association of Georgia award


Dr. Charles B. Gillespie, a retired Albany surgeon, received the Physician’s Award for Community Service during a ceremony that took place in conjunction with the Medical Association of Georgia’s (MAG) 162nd House of Delegates meeting in Savannah recently.

The MAG award recognizes physicians who demonstrate a love for their community outside the regular scope of practice, officials with MAG said.

“As the chair of the committee that Gov. Jimmy Carter appointed in the early 1970s that formed Georgia’s Emergency Medical Services (EMS) system, Dr. Gillespie was instrumental in establishing the regulations for the EMS service in Georgia,” outgoing MAG President Dr. John Harvey wrote in a nomination letter for the award. “He also reformed the EMS training process in a number of important ways, including the implementation of an EMT oath that was adopted throughout Georgia and is now used across the U.S. and beyond.

“Dr. Gillespie has been a tireless advocate for a universal 911 service in Georgia – and he is widely considered to be the ‘father’ of emergency medical services in Georgia.”

MAG recognized physicians in several categories at the meeting. Gillespie, who retired from practicing medicine 20 years ago, won an award in another category during a prior year — making the most recent award the second he has received from MAG.

“It (the community service award) means a lot for me to get it, especially since it recognizes not only my medical works but my service to the community as well,” Gillespie said.

Gillespie established Albany Technical College’s EMT training program in 1972, which now has a training center bearing his name. The retired surgeon has served as a member of the Georgia Department of Human Resources Emergency Health Services Advisory and Medical Directors Advisory councils, the U.S. Department of Health Education and Welfare, the Georgia EMT Committee and the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons.

As a member of the Governor’s Military Affairs Committee, he came up with the idea to install directional and mileage road signs to help visitors get to Marine Corps Logistics Base-Albany, a concept he extended to Moody Air Force Base in Valdosta, and Air Force bases in Warner Robins, Fort Benning and Fort Stewart.

Gillespie also worked with Humana to reduce the number and complexity of the pre-certification processes for more than 400 Tricare surgical procedures. As a member of the Southwest Georgia Regional Airport Commission, he played a key role in the design and construction of a $12 million terminal at the airport.

Outside his role as a physician, Gillespie said his contributions to the airport commission are among the ones he is most proud of.

“The airport commission is one of the more favorable ones,” he said.

Gillespie received his medical degree from the Emory University School of Medicine in 1961, and he completed his orthopedic residency at Grady Hospital in 1966.

Courtesy of The Albany Herald
By Jennifer Parks