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Albany, Georgia, July 31, 2019: New Schools Georgia, Inc. (“NSG”) proudly announces that the Georgia Charter Schools Commission has approved its application to open Collegiate Academy of Albany (“CAA”), a new, independent, tuition-free charter school to serve families in Albany and the surrounding areas. CAA will open in August 2020 and serve up to 376 students in Albany/Dougherty County in grades K-3 on a first-come, first-served basis with no admissions testing. The school will grow by one grade per year until the school hits a capacity of 1,450 students in grades K-12. If demand exceeds seats available, enrollment will be conducted through a public lottery.

Allen Hughes, Chairman of the Board at New Schools Georgia said, “Collegiate Academy of Albany will offer Albany-area families a high-quality education, preparing Albany’s children to compete and succeed in the 21st century economy.”

When it opens, CAA will become part of the SABIS® Network, a global network of schools that are backed by a 134-year old tradition of educational excellence. Schools in the SABIS® Network implement an integrated, comprehensive K-12 program that uses dynamic materials, proven methods, and cutting-edge technology to deliver superior results. Mr. Hughes said, “SABIS has been proven to deliver results in educating a wide variety of students from all around the world. We feel very comfortable in their ability to add Collegiate Academy of Albany to their list of successful schools.” For more information about SABIS, visit:

“We are excited about partnering with New Schools Georgia to establish the newest member school of the SABIS® Network in Albany,” said Jose Afonso, SABIS Director for U.S. Business Development.” We are especially happy to bring a world-class, college-preparatory program to Albany’s families and students who will benefit from access to the same academic program offered in cities around the world such as Phoenix, Arizona, U.S.; Frankfurt, Germany; Cairo, Egypt; and Dubai, U.A.E., among others.” Collegiate Academy of Albany will open registration for students in grades K-3 on October 1, 2019. Please visit the school’s website ( to submit the enrollment application and also visit our Facebook page for news and updates ( Teachers and staff interested in applying for openings can visit the school’s website for job descriptions of available positions.

Albany Area Chamber announces 2019 Albany Under 40 Finalists

For Immediate Release


Contact: Bárbara Rivera Holmes



July 25, 2019


Albany Area Chamber announces 2019 ‘Albany Under 40’ finalists


Albany, Ga.– The Albany Area Chamber of Commerce today announced the finalists of the 2019 Albany Under 40 awards, a program that honors and celebrates the Albany Area’s emerging leaders and professionals in a variety of business sectors, each representing a component of the area’s diversified talent pool and economy.


“The Albany Area is home to young leaders who are making their mark through excellence in their professions, through their innovation and through their commitment to building a stronger region,” said Bárbara Rivera Holmes, president and CEO of the Albany Area Chamber. “We’re honored to recognize these diverse, outstanding professionals and proud they’ve chosen to live, work and invest in the Albany Area.”


Nominations for Albany Under 40 were sought from the public. Finalists were considered from among the nominees who applied, and were selected, following selections criteria, by a panel of volunteer judges.


Finalists will be recognized at the Albany Under 40 Awards Reception on August 22 at The Flint, downtown Albany’s newest restaurant and special events venue. Category winners will be announcedat the reception. The 2019 Albany Under 40 Young Professional of the Year, selected by the volunteer panel from among the category winners, will be announced at the Albany Area Chamber’s 110th annual meeting on January 16, 2020.

Visit albanyga.comto register for the Albany Under 40 Awards Reception.



Welcome Dr. Abigail Posey to Family Eye Care

Abigail Morris Posey, O.D.
Dr. Posey was born and raised in Leesburg, GA. After graduating high school from Lee County, she attended the University of Georgia where she earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Biology. She then moved to Birmingham, AL where she earned her Doctorate of Optometry from the University of Alabama at Birmingham in 2019. She has recently moved home and is excited to begin her career serving the eye care needs of Southwest Georgia. She is partnered with Dr. J. Ellis Cosby at Family Eye Care, 2616 Pointe North Blvd. Albany, GA 31721.


Mauldin & Jenkins Introduces SALT Practice Leader Atlanta, GA, July 10, 2019– Mauldin & Jenkins is pleased to announce Jeff Dorris, CPA, as the Director of the Firm’s SALT Practice. Jeff joined the Firm in June 2019, after over a decade of service at UPS.

“ Jeff will provide additional expertise to our State and Local Tax Practice,” said Jeff Fucito, Partner in Charge of the Atlanta office. “His practical experience will be an asset to our clients in implementing and managing solutions to minimize tax exposure.”

Jeff’s experience in State Income Tax, Sales and Use Tax, Personal Property Tax, as well as Credits and Incentives allows Mauldin & Jenkins to expand their footprint into the multi-state realm to create a nationwide SALT practice. Jeff enjoys state tax planning and organization restructuring to reduce the client’s overall state tax burden.

Jeff is a licensed CPA and is actively involved in the accounting profession.

Contact Jeff and learn more about our SALT Practice by visiting our website at


Mauldin & Jenkins is recognized as one of Atlanta’s Top 25 Largest Firms by the Atlanta Business Journal and a Top 100 Certified Public Accounting firm by Inside Public Accounting. Since 1918, Mauldin & Jenkins has provided assurance, tax and advisory services. The firm has eight offices located across the Southeast, including Florida, Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina, and Tennessee. The firm serves clients in a range of industries including government, health care, construction, not-for-profit, financial services, film & entertainment, entrepreneurial, and higher education. For more information, please visit If you would like more information about this topic, please contact Katie Cauley at 770-541-5461 or email at

Chamber-led federal visit identifies priorities, resources

Barbara Rivera Holmes, President & CEO

Albany Area Chamber President & CEO Barbara Rivera Holmes on parallel priorities and discussions with federal lawmakers during the Chamber’s recent Washington, D.C., Fly In. From infrastructure to work force and much in between, “the readiness capabilities of Albany-Dougherty County and the Albany Area impact the readiness of the United States Marine Corps.”

It may have been hyperbole when U.S. Sen. David Perdue, R-Ga., opened the door to his wood-paneled Senate board room – the space adorned with memorabilia from communities throughout Georgia and sepia-toned photographs of the state’s early senators – surveyed the audience and proclaimed, happily, “Looks like you’ve brought all of Dougherty County to Washington with you.”
The senator wasn’t far off. The 25-person local leadership team that visited the nation’s capital June 18-20 to meet with the Albany Area Congressional delegation and Marine Corps brass was the largest to date in the 15-year history of the Albany Area Chamber of Commerce’s Washington, D.C., Fly In, an annual advocacy initiative that allows for chamber and community leadership to discuss priorities with members of the delegation.
Local leadership was targeted in its discussions with Perdue; U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson, R-Ga.; U.S. Rep. Sanford Bishop, D-Albany; and U.S. Rep. Austin Scott, R-Tifton. On the table: Disaster recovery funding and disbursement; Marine Corps Logistics Base Albany and its contributions to national defense as an innovative logistics command instillation; the importance of transportation infrastructure as Albany continues to experience population growth; rural health care delivery and affordability; and opportunities to close the skills gap through specialized training. Related policy briefings at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce helped identify national resources and themes.
The Georgia Congressional delegation’s advocacy of the $19.1 billion disaster aid bill, which President Trump signed in early June, will release federal dollars that assist local communities and military installations.
Many of the issues addressed with the Congressional members were identified as priorities, too, during the local team’s discussions at the Pentagon, where Lt. Gen. Charles Chiarotti, deputy commandant for Marine Corps Installations and Logistics, discussed the U.S. Department of Defense’s new National Defense Strategy and the critical role of Marine Corps Logistics Base Albany and Marine Corps Logistics Command.
Be it energy security – by 2020, MCLB Albany should become the first net-zero energy installation with the defense department, in part due to an energy-creating partnership with Dougherty County – to how the health and status of Albany’s infrastructure impacts the Corps’ readiness, Albany and the Marine Corps share parallel priorities, and the symbiotic dependence of these has never been more pronounced.
“The Marine Corps Logistics Command serves as a distribution hub for the Marine Corps, and future fights may start from bases like our installation in Albany,” said Brig. Gen. David Maxwell, assistant deputy commandant for Marine Corps Installations and Logistics.
The readiness capabilities of Albany-Dougherty County and the Albany Area impacts the readiness of the Marine Corps. This was on display during the recovery and rebuilding following the tornadoes of January 2017 and Hurricane Michael in 2018, which temporarily debilitated the Albany Area’s energy, transportation and water management infrastructure.
When Chiarotti, an affable three-star general, directed the conversation toward the work force readiness and the skill sets that would be needed by the Marines to meet this new national defense paradigm,  the community’s public educational partners – the Dougherty County School System, Commodore Conyers and Career Academy, Albany State University and Albany Technical College – were in the room ready to listen and, most importantly, ready to act.
For more than a decade, the country has been engaged in ground combat warfare in parts of the Middle East; the new National Defense Strategy addresses growing cyberterrorism threats fArom near-peer competitors including China and Russia. The new strategy requires new and different infrastructure, and a specialized work force.
The needs of the U.S. military and the needs of business are akin: work force, transportation, infrastructure, innovation, investment. Addressing these, then, becomes of even greater priority.
The size of the local audience wasn’t lost on Perdue, a businessman from Warner Robins, nor was its diversity: private-sector small and large businesses; education; elected officials; economic development partners; local financial institutions; health care; military partners.
U.S. Rep. Bishop, a senior member of the Albany Area Congressional delegation, noted that while the community has consistently engaged with leadership in Washington, the size, scope and impact of local leadership has expanded significantly. This has not been without intention.
The Albany Area Chamber exists as a force for progress. Since 1910, the Chamber has coalesced the assets, resources and talents of its members and strategic partners so as to collaboratively achieve transformational change. More than a century after its incorporation, the vision of a stronger, healthier and more prosperous Albany Area – and the advocacy of the policies, programs and resources required – remains our driving force.
To learn more about the chamber’s governmental affairs program and how to become involved, call (229) 434-8700.