Category Archives: Member Announcements

Subcontractor JOB FAIR

Freeman & Associates, Inc. would like to invite all local and minority subcontractors to a job fair. All trades and suppliers are welcome to attend to learn more about this project.

Dougherty County School System

GNETS/Oak Tree Addition at Sherwood Elementary School

 Scope of work: 29,000 square foot, 2-story building addition to include: masonry, MEP, painting, site work, concrete, and others

Job Fair Location: Albany High School

 Date: May 8th, Time: 2:00 Location: 801 Residence Avenue, Albany, GA 31701

Georgia’s Opportunity Zones Lunch & Learn

After our previous success in sharing information on the GA Opportunity Zones & Job Tax Credit program with the business owners of Albany, Tracs Group is pleased to be back for another round. Doughtery county’s special designation from the state of Georgia gives businesses in the area the maximum allotment for tax savings. These specific tax credits can be used to increase cash flow within the business as well as eliminate their withholding and state income liability.

Join us for a catered lunch and more information on how your company can take advantage of the tax credits you are entitled to.

 

To RSVP please use the following link: www.tracsgroup.com/events

Dining at Stonebridge Golf and Country Club

 

Stonebridge Golf and Country Club is proud to extend this special invitation to the members of our Albany Area Chamber of Commerce. During the month of April, all Chamber members are invited to enjoy dining privileges at Stonebridge. Lunch – Dinner – Sunday Brunch — No membership required — Just call the clubhouse and make your reservation. 229 889-0312 

You will enjoy excellent menus and great service. After you have had a chance to dine with us you may like to become a Dining Member – there is NO initiation fee – Monthly dues are only $60.00 per month. – In addition, Chamber Members will receive the first month dues FREE!! — We invite you to enjoy Stonebridge Your NEW Dining Destination!! 

229-889-0312  | 319 Osprey Ridge Court 

Modern Gas Acquires Knight’s Appliances

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

April 4, 2019

Local Companies Strategically Align for Future Success in Southwest Georgia (ALBANY, GA) – Modern Gas is excited to announce the acquisition of Knight’s Appliances – one of Albany’s oldest family owned businesses. Chuck Knight and his staff will immediately begin working under the Modern Gas brand. Appliance sales will be located at both Modern Gas, 1335 Hwy 82 West, and Knights Appliances on Slappey until May 1 tentatively, when all sales will be housed in one location at Modern Gas. Modern Gas and Knight’s Appliances are two established local businesses with a family-owned history dating back to the mid-1950s and ’60s respectively. Each company prides itself on superior service, customer satisfaction and top-of-the-line products. With similar retail strategies and customer bases, the merger of Knight’s Appliances and Modern Gas made sense with the future plans of each company. The goal is to continue to capitalize on the extensive customer base of each company, expand product lines and offer local customers the opportunity for top quality service and knowledge that is hard to find in the big box stores and online retailers. “Our desire at Modern Gas is to continue to offer customers the opportunity to the best products on the market today. Whether it is a gas grill or gas-powered clothes dryer, we want southwest Georgia to think “Modern Gas” when shopping for their home. When looking to expand, acquiring Chuck, his team, their knowledge and customer base…it just made sense with our business model. We are excited about the changes ahead for our business and what that means for what we can offer to the community,” says Mark Holloway, President of Modern Gas. “The entire team at Knight’s Appliances is excited to be joining Modern Gas. This change will allow all of us the opportunity to continue working with our loyal customers while helping to grow even more customers for the future,” says Chuck Knight, former President of Knight’s Appliances and new Vice President of Retail Sales, Modern Gas. ABOUT MODERN GAS
Since 1954, Modern Gas has been the premier provider of propane service for both residential homes and commercial businesses in southwest Georgia. Originally family-owned and operated, the company continues to maintain its commitment to high-quality propane service. Additionally, the company has expanded in recent years to include a retail division. This new line of business offers customers an extensive list of items for the home including luxury spas, high-end grills, and products for outdoor living. An avid community supporter, Modern Gas believes in building stronger communities through their extensive partnerships with the local schools systems, non-profit organizations and their annual Rib Showdown event.

 

CONTACT:
Mary Beth Hobby

(229) 420-1723 ext. 10

mb@gomadlab.com

Lee County High School Distinguished Alumni Nomination

 

PRESS RELEASE

The Lee County High School Distinguished Alumni Committee is pleased to announce that it will be accepting nominations for its 2019 LCHS Distinguished Alumni Award.

The purpose of the Lee County High School Distinguished Alumni Award is to recognize outstanding alumni of Lee County High School who have maintained a high standard of excellence and distinguished themselves through their work, personal accomplishments, or in the lives of others.  These individuals exemplify the ideals of the Lee County School System and the community it serves and should be held as role models for current and future Lee County High School students.

Award Criteria

  • Must be a Lee County High School graduate at least 15 years prior to nomination.
  • Award may be given posthumously.
  • Nominees will have distinguished themselves through their work, personal accomplishments, or in the lives of others and is noted in his/her field of endeavor or recognized for his/her expertise and accomplishments.
  • Nominees must be in good standing in their community, past and present.
  • Nominees will have demonstrated positive leadership and service or contributions to community or society.
  • There will be a maximum of 7 individuals selected each year as Distinguished Alumni.
  • Once a nomination is made it will be reconsidered on an annual basis.

Nomination Process and Timeline

The nomination may be submitted by a friend, family member, or colleague.  All nominations must be postmarked/delivered no later than June 1, 2019 and must be submitted by mail or in person to the Lee County Chamber of Commerce, 100-B Starksville Avenue, North, Leesburg, GA  31763.

In addition to the nomination form, it is required that two letters of support of the nominee be included, completed by individuals other than the nominator, and must be included with the nomination form.  Also, a resume of the nominee and supporting documentation should be included with the nomination form.

Nominations will be reviewed by the Distinguished Alumni Committee.  This committee consists of representatives from (1) The Lee County Retired Educators (2) Lee County Family Connection (3) Community-at-large (4) Lee County School System.

Applications are available at the Lee County Chamber of Commerce or Lee County High School front office or online at the Lee County School System website:  http://www.lee.k12.ga.us, the Lee County Panoptic website:  http://www.lee.k12.ga.us/lchs/yearbook.html, Lee County Family Connection website:  www.leecountyfamilyconnection.org, and the Lee County Chamber website:  http://www.leechamber.net/.  You can also request an application be emailed to you by contacting Lisa Davis at ldavis@lee.ga.usor Bill Turoski at billturoski@synovus.com.

For further information please contact Lisa Davis with the Lee County Chamber of Commerce at 759-2422, or Bill Turoski with Synovus Bank at 430-7034.

Nomination Packet 2019[1]

Collegiate Academy of Albany

Dear Fellow Chamber of Commerce Member, As a citizen of the Dougherty County area and businessperson, you know that one of the key components of your future success is the economic viability of the region, which in turn heavily depends on the quality of our workforce. Every business owner in Dougherty County has faced serious challenges in finding and keeping qualified employees. We believe that Albany needs a “shot in the arm” to improve the talent pool in our area.

We’ve founded the Collegiate Academy of Albany (“CAA”) to provide all Albany’s families, without regard to their economic situation and to provide greater opportunities for their children to receive a high-quality, college-prep education. We have applied for a charter from the Georgia Charter Schools Commission; If granted, we will open as a K-3 school in August 2020, growing a grade a year until we’re hopefully educating 1,430 students in grades K-12. There will be no tuition or admission tests as the school will be a public charter school with a statewide attendance zone, funded completely by the state.

We believe that every family, regardless of net worth and income level, deserves the best education possible. As business people, we need our graduates to be ready for college and the workforce, in the hopes that they will remain in our community to make it stronger and more viable.

Please share the attached link with your employees and ask them to spread the word. We need a strong show of support for our school in the community and need your help to make it happen. Please ask every employee to go online to https://caalbany.sabis.net/sign-our-petition and sign this petition so we may be granted our charter. We would also appreciate you writing a letter of support. Please send the letter to delk.glenn@gmail.com. Also, if you have any questions or wish us to attend an employee meeting to answer any questions, please let us know at delk.glenn@gmail.com and we will be in touch shortly.

Our community has so much to gain with the success of this school. Please join us in giving our kids greater opportunities to a high quality, public education.

Collegiate Academy of Albany[1]

 

New Independent Charter School Proposed for Albany, GA

ATLANTA (Feb. 26, 2019) – New Schools Georgia, Inc, (NSG), has filed a petition with the Georgia Charter Schools Commission, seeking authority to open an independent charter school to serve families in Albany and the surrounding area.

NSG is a statewide organization established by Allen Hughes, of Walton Press in Monroe, Ga., and Glenn Delk, an Atlanta attorney, to assist local communities in attracting high-quality school operators with proven track records, academically and financially, to open charter schools throughout Georgia.

NSG has begun the process of developing a board of directors for both the Collegiate Academy of Albany (CAA) as well as the statewide organization. To date, Glenn Singfield, the owner of Albany Fish Company and Artesian Contracting Co., and Stan Logue, the chief financial officer of Thrush Aircraft, have agreed to serve on the local board. Wendell Christian, a retired superintendent, Robert Thorpe, a retired high school principal, and Heather Robertson, an educational consultant, have joined the NSG board.

If approved by the Commission, CAA would open in August 2020, serving up to 376 students in Albany/Dougherty County in grades K-3, on a first-come, first-serve basis, with no admissions testing, growing a grade a year until the school hits a capacity of 1,450 students in grades K-12. If demand exceeds supply, enrollment at the tuition-free, public charter school would be through a lottery system

Charter schools are tuition-free, public schools.

Allen and Teresa Hughes, whose Hughes Family Foundation is leading the effort, lived in Albany until 1987 and returned to help out after recent tornadoes and Hurricane Michael damaged the area.

Allen Hughes said he wanted to help the community because he was inspired by his wife’s faith to give back to their hometown.

“We want to offer Albany-area families the same access to quality educational opportunities as other students have across our state,” Allen Hughes said. “CAA will offer Albany’s children the opportunity to receive a world-class education and prepare them to compete and succeed in the 21stCentury economy.”

The creation of CAA will also benefit the Dougherty school district since it will be solely funded by the state and not utilize local tax dollars. For each student who shifts from the district to the charter school, the district will retain the local per pupil expenditure — $4,100 per student, Delk said.

“CAA will not only offer access to a world-class education for students who choose to attend but will also free up to $1.5 million the first year the charter opens so that the district will eventually have an extra $5.5 million annually,” Delk said.

The CAA board has chosen SABIS Educational Systems, Inc, a 133-year-old company educating 70,000 students in 20 countries on five continents to manage the new charter in Albany. http://www.sabis.net.

Chosen for their record of academic achievement and fiscal soundness, SABIS offers an integrated, comprehensive K-12 program which uses dynamic materials, proven methods and cutting-edge technology to deliver superior results such as closing the achievement gap with low-income, minority students in the U.S., as evidenced by the 22-year record of SABIS Springfield, Mass., where Hispanic and African-American students outperform the state average for white students on math and English exams.

“Together with the Hughes Foundation, we plan to deliver quality educational opportunities to Dougherty County’s families,” said Jose Afonso, SABIS’ director of development in the United States. “They will soon join the nearly 1,900 graduates from our class of 2018, in being accepted to over 500 colleges and universities throughout the world. These proud graduates are attending great U.S. universities, such as Georgia Tech, Kennesaw State, SCAD, Harvard and MIT, to name a few.”

For More Information Contact: Glenn Delk, delk.glenn@gmail.com, or visit the website: https://caalbany.sabis.net/#Locator

Read more about it in the Albany Herald:

https://www.albanyherald.com/news/local/former-albany-residents-file-charter-school-petition/article_4f5549c9-6180-516f-8f05-2104429432de.html