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CEO Editorial: Business, education form Deal’s legacy

Barbara Rivera Holmes

As published in The Albany Herald, December 8, 2018

By Barbara Rivera Holmes, president & CEO of the Albany Area Chamber of Commerce

During the last eight years, we have seen Georgia evolve into the nation’s top state for business, which can be evidenced by our economic growth and our population boom.

We can attribute much of our state’s success to the leadership of Gov. Nathan Deal, a two-term governor whose vision for a better Georgia and whose administrative execution of the policies that support that vision have allowed for transformative investments in economic development, education, criminal justice reform, infrastructure and transportation.

On Tuesday, the Albany Area Chamber hosted and honored Gov. Deal and First Lady Sandra Deal during its inaugural Governor’s Dinner, attended by 300 members of the Albany area’s business and community leadership. The event marked the first time the 109-year-old regional chamber hosted a sitting governor for such an event.

Since taking office in 2011, Gov. Nathan Deal has led Georgia to become the No. 1 state in the nation for business for six years in a row — a first in Georgia history — and helped create more than 750,000 private-sector jobs.

Albany-Dougherty County and the Albany area have been beneficiaries of the pro-business policies of the last eight years, including increased investments and a renewed focus on creating a work force that meets the demands of business through efforts such as the High-Demand Career Initiative, which provides a pathway from school to industry in some of the state’s fastest-growing business sectors; increased investments in K-12 education, so that schools can do more with more and not more with less; Complete College Georgia, enabling more University System of Georgia students to graduate on time; and tax reform such as the elimination of manufacturers’ sales tax on energy, which lessens the burden on these job-creating industries.

The Albany Area Chamber has consistently advocated for these resources and is proud to have successfully worked with members of the Georgia General Assembly to achieve these outcomes.

Gov. Deal was instrumental in supporting Albany-Dougherty County in the aftermath of the tornadoes of 2017, and again this year, after October’s Hurricane Michael devastated much of Southwest Georgia. The governor’s special called session of the legislature has allowed for $270 million in immediate state relief to communities faced with steep recovery and rebuilding efforts.

Work remains, as it should and as it always will. As we transition to a new administration and an often-changing legislature, we are hopeful – and expectant – that Georgia will continue to prosper through effective leadership, pragmatic investments that yield long-term economic and societal gains, and the policies to support a competitive business climate and an educated and skilled work force.

We must continue to prioritize the commitments and investments that supported our businesses and our citizens.

The Albany Area Chamber will continue to work with members of the Georgia General Assembly and with the Governor’s Office for that which benefits our members, our region and our state.

Barbara Rivera Holmes is the president and CEO of the Albany Area Chamber of Commerce, which advocates for business success through economic development and leadership.

Albany Area Art Council

 Congratulations to the Albany Area Chamber of Commerce Star Business of the Week, Albany Area Art Council! The Albany Area Arts Council, Incorporated in 1976, works as a community cultural partner with the City of Albany. They maintain and operate the City’s  historic Carnegie Library as a home for the Arts Council by utilize the space as a fine arts gallery for local and regional artists, meeting space for local community and cultural groups, and public rental space for special events. Additionally, the Albany Area Arts Council is a public relations agency, endeavoring to aid collaboration and communication among existing arts and cultural agencies in the City of Albany. Nicole Williams, Executive Director explains, “The Albany Area Arts Council works to unite our community through the Arts and Humanities. As such we are both an arts and a community service organization.” For more information on Albany Area Art Council visit: https://www.albanyartscouncil.org/.

 

Albany Area Art Council

 215 N. Jackson Street

Albany, GA 31701

Contact: Nicole Williams

 

 

 

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For more information please contact : Barbara Francis
Economic Development Program Manager
City of Albany
Department of Community and Economic Development

Phone: 229.483.7647
Fax: 229.430.2737
230 South Jackson Street, Suite 118
Albany, GA 31701

P.O. Box 447
Albany, GA 31701
www.bfrancis@albanyga.gov

SOWEGA Council on Aging

Congratulations to the Albany Area Chamber of Commerce Star Business of the Week, SOWEGA Council on Aging! SOWEGA Council on Aging has been open for 50 years, serving seniors 60+ with information on programs, services, information and resources for individuals with disabilities, and their caregivers. SOWEGA Council on Aging has been a member of the Chamber of Commerce since 1987. Izzie Sadler, Executive Director explains, “We are a non-profit agency designated as an Area Agency on Aging. We work with the Division of Aging Services, Department of Human Services, and our local communities to provide programs and services according to the needs of the elderly and disabled in the southwest Georgia region.”

For more information on SOWEGA Council on Aging visit: http://www.sowegacoa.org/

SOWEGA Council on Aging

335 W Society Ave

 Albany, GA 31701

(229) 432-1124


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Hurricane Michael: Business Assessment Survey

For Immediate Release

November 29, 2018

 

 

Contact: Reedi Hawkins

rhawkins@choosealbany.com

229.434.0044

 

 

Albany Area Chamber and EDC lead regional business assistance efforts through survey

 

Albany, Ga. – The Albany Area Chamber of Commerce and Albany-Dougherty Economic Development Commission have partnered to lead a regional data gathering initiative to assess the business and economic impact of Hurricane Michael, which swept through Albany and Southwest Georgia on October 10.

 

In order to broaden the scope of data, and to best prepare for the possibility of storm-related federal assistance, chambers of commerce and other economic development organizations in Southwest Georgia have partnered with the Albany organizations to develop a survey designed to capture the economic impact of Hurricane Michael on the regional business community.

 

Information assessed will include physical damage and revenue loss, and will help direct the Chamber and ADEDC in advocating for resources to aid in the recovery of the community and the region.

 

The survey, which can be accessed online here, is open to businesses in all industries, including agriculture, and is expected to take no more than 10 minutes to complete.

 

Survey participants are asked to report information such as the location of their business, type of loss suffered and the duration and extent of loss.

 

“As advocates for our local and regional business communities, the Albany Area Chamber of Commerce and Albany-Dougherty Economic Development Commission are leading the effort to assess business impact in order to advocate for the procurement of resources for our region,” said Barbara Rivera Holmes, president and CEO of the Albany Area Chamber. “This survey will provide the information needed in order to adequately source and secure those resources, should they become available.”

 

The survey goes live today and will remain active through December 14 with information to be compiled by January 2019.

 

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About the Albany Area Chamber of Commerce

Since 1910, the Albany Area Chamber of Commerce has advocated for business success through leadership and economic development.

 

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.

FLINT RIVERKEEPER, INC.

Congratulations to the Albany Star Business of the Week, Flint RiverKeeper, Inc.! Established in June 2008, this organization provides highly effective advocacy for the flow and cleanliness of the Flint River system, from East Point to the Florida line, including the tributaries and the aquifer systems. Flint RiverKeeper is the only organization dedicated solely to the flow and cleanliness of the Flint River system. Learn more about Flint RiverKeeper at www.FlintRiverKeeper.org.

Flint RiverKeeper, Inc.
102 Pine Avenue
229.435.2241
Contact Name: S. Gordon Rogers IV

 

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HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS & SUITES

Congratulations to the Albany Area Chamber of Commerce Star Business of the Week, Holiday Inn Express & Suites of Albany! As one of the newest hotels in the Albany area, the staff of Holiday Inn Express & Suites are dedicated to providing exceptional service to everyone. Facilities for business and leisure travelers include 80 guest rooms, hot complimentary breakfast, an indoor swimming pool and a fitness center. A Chamber member since 2014, General Manager Linda Davis says that community connection is a great benefit of Chamber membership. For more information about this local business, call 229-405-2613.

Holiday Inn Express & Suites
2713 Pointe North Blvd.
229-405-2613

 

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FIRST UNITED METHODIST CHURCH, ALBANY

Congratulations to the Albany Area Chamber of Commerce Star Business of the Week, First United Methodist Church, Albany! First United Methodist Church has been serving the Albany community for 175 years, historically seeking to live out the example of Jesus in both the inward journey of belief and the outward journey of compassionate behavior. Visit their website at www.FirstMethodistAlbany.com for more information about planning a visit.

 

First United Methodist Church, Albany
307 Flint Ave.
229-432-7407

www.FirstMethodistAlbany.com

Contact:Jill Willingham

 

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STATE FARM – KENT NANCE

Congratulations to Albany Area Chamber of Commerce Star Business of the Week, State Farm Agent Kent Nance! Kent has been serving the Albany area for three years, offering car, life, business and health insurance coverage along with bank services and retirement planning. Customer service is top priority for this State Farm office, as evidenced by interaction with clients to create a unique and rewarding experience. Call State Farm Agent Kent Nance at 229-485-1385 to ask how he can meet your insurance needs!

 

State Farm – Kent Nance
110 Cordele Rd. Suite 5
229-485-1385

www.kentnanceismyagent.com

 

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