Legislative Agenda

Albany Area Chamber Legislative Agenda 2016

Believing that Albany – Dougherty County is vital to the economic well being of Southwest Georgia and is empowered with advocating for a strong quality of life while protecting its economic competitiveness, the Chamber will promote outcomes on the following issues:


  • Supports consolidation and relocation of elements/units of the Georgia National Guard to Marine Corps Logistics Base Albany. This move would enhance the guard’s daily operations while providing greater resiliency to the base and surrounding area.
  • Supports state funding for Surface Transportation Pavement Resurfacing for the city of Albany. The city of Albany is the regional service hub of Southwest Georgia, and as such, its surface transportation infrastructure is utilized extensively by residents and visitors of neighboring counties.
  •  Supports state funding for renovation of the Northwest Branch of the Dougherty County Public Library. The funds will be used for expansion for a multi-purpose meeting and conference room; children’s programs and activities room; additional quiet study rooms; an expanded genealogy department; and expansion of the computer lab.

Work Force Development

  • Supports funding for Phase II of the Carlton Construction Academy at Albany Technical College. The expansion will provide additional educational classrooms and labs for programs within the construction academy, as well as facilitate the expansion of current programs such as electrical construction and electromechanical engineering.
  • Supports funding allocation for the furniture, fixtures and equipment at Albany State University’s new Fine Arts Building. The new facility will house the departments of English, modern languages, mass communication and fine arts. The building will include specialized areas such as lecture halls, a rehearsal room, instrumental and choral rehearsal spaces, an art gallery; and a multipurpose theater.
  • Supports funding for a plant operations and public safety facility at Darton State College. The new facility will be used to house the maintenance and operations staff; to house the public safety department; and to store equipment and chemicals. Consolidating these two service operations into one location better suited to serve the campus is essential to the overall safety of the campus.