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Join us for Business After Hours on Thursday, April 5 from 5 p.m. – 7 p.m. at Merry Acres Inn & Event Center.
The Albany-Dougherty Economic Development Commission will serve up food, drinks and music to wrap up Industry Celebration Week.

Don’t forget to bring your business card to enter the $100 cash prize drawing.




Albany-Dougherty Leaders to Visit Washington D.C.

Albany-Dougherty Leaders to Visit Washington D.C.
Chamber leadership to meet with federal officials March 20-21

Albany, Ga. – Community and business leaders are in the nation’s capital this week meeting with federal officials as part of the Albany Area Chamber of Commerce’s “Washington D.C. Fly In,” an annual legislative event that brings together the community, the Marine Corps and members of the Georgia Congressional Delegation.

The Fly In is an Albany Area Chamber-led legislative advocacy initiative that allows for chamber and community leadership to discuss with members of the Georgia Congressional Delegation federal priorities of importance to Albany and the Albany Area and to Marine Corps Logistics Base Albany.

“The ‘Washington D.C. Fly In’ is a valuable opportunity for our community to spend quality time with members of Congress to discuss the Albany Area’s advancements, opportunities and priorities, and allows our federal partners to share ideas and information with us,” said Bárbara Rivera Holmes, president and CEO of the Albany Area Chamber. “One of our long-standing priorities is strengthening and supporting Marine Corps Logistics Base Albany, and our Fly In has been highly effective in advancing that cause.”

This year’s March 20-22 trip is an important relationship-strengthening and information-sharing vehicle with high-ranking Marine Corps leadership, with whom the local group will meet at the Pentagon to discuss the mission-critical needs of Albany’s base and its major tenant, Marine Corps Logistics Command. The group discusses the role and efforts of the Albany Area Chamber and community leadership in advocating and coordinating at the local, state and federal level on policies and initiatives that strengthen the installation and its long-term sustainability.

The chamber will host a reception Tuesday evening for the Congressional Delegation and Marine Corps leadership at the AT&T Forum. On Wednesday, the group will meet at the Pentagon with Marine leadership, and on Capitol Hill with U.S. Reps. Sanford Bishop and Austin Scott, and U.S. Sens. Johnny Isakson and David Perdue.

The Albany Area Chamber is represented at the state and federal levels by Cornerstone Government Affairs.

The 2018 Albany-Dougherty delegation includes the Albany Area Chamber of Commerce; the Albany-Dougherty Economic Development Commission; Albany CEO; Albany Technical College; Albany State University; the city of Albany; Dougherty County; and the Dougherty County School System. The chamber’s legislative program is supported by these partners as well as the Albany Convention & Visitors Bureau, Georgia Power, Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital and Procter & Gamble.




Join the Albany Area Chamber for Business After Hours on Tuesday, March 27 from 5 p.m. – 7 p.m. at the Flats at 249 Downtown. Sponsors Karen Cohilas, State Farm Agent and the Flats at 249 will present a lucky drawing winner with a Kayak Attack trip down the Flint River! Pretoria Fields Collective will be on site for samplings of their kraft beers made right here in Albany.


Small Business & Non-Profit of the Year Nominations



Small Business & Non-Profit Award Nominations 

Do you know a small business owner or non-profit that is deserving of recognition for the perseverance, diligence and courage it takes to have a successful organization? Nominate that business and non-profit organization that works daily to set high standards that successfully provides an exceptional product and/or service, and that represents the very best of business/non-profit in the Albany area.

Award-eligible businesses/non-profits:

  • Must be a current member of the Chamber for a minimum of 3 years
  • Have fewer than 100 employees
  • Can not have won the award in the past 5 years

Nomination Deadline-March 9, 2018

Click here for Small Business Nomination Form.
Click here for Non-Profit Nomination Form.




Aaroh Patel (right) of Deerfield-Windsor School, 2018 Dougherty County STAR Student, with his STAR teacher, Jake Clawson.

Albany, Ga. — The Albany Area Chamber of Commerce today hosted the 60th annual Dougherty County Student Teacher Achievement Recognition (STAR) luncheon, during which high-achieving high school seniors and their teachers were honored and during which the overall county STAR student was announced.

“The success of our community is directly tied to the success of our students. We’re proud of the significant achievements made by our public and private high school students and honored to be able to recognize them as STAR designees,” said Barbara Rivera Holmes, president and CEO of the Albany Area Chamber of Commerce.

To qualify for STAR competition, a student must have the highest score on a single test date on the three-part SAT and be in the top 10 percent or top 10 students of his or her graduating, class based on grade point average. The STAR teacher is selected by the declared high school STAR student for having made the most significant contribution to the STAR student’s scholastic development. The Albany Area Chamber plays no role in determining the school STAR students nor the overall Dougherty County STAR student.

The 2018 STAR students and teachers are:

  • Avry Fulford, Byne Christian School; teacher: Tonya Germany
  • Aaroh Kalpesh Patel, Deerfield-Windsor School; teacher: Jake Clawson
  • Carterion Lamon Whitlock, Dougherty Comprehensive High School; teacher: Matthew Peters
  • Anthony George Eafford, Monroe Comprehensive High School; teacher: Suzanne Bridges
  • Sidney Elleon Reid, Monroe Comprehensive High School; teacher: Subha Roy Vidyadharan
  • Casey Gregors, Sherwood Christian Academy; teacher: Sabrina Davidson
  • Dylan Wade Holland, Westover Comprehensive High School; teacher: Thomas Amos

At the luncheon, Aaroh Kalpesh Patel of Deerfield-Windsor School was announced as the 2018 Dougherty County STAR student. He will represent Dougherty County at the Region 9 STAR luncheon on March 28 at South Georgia Technical College in Americus.

For 60 years, the Albany Area Chamber of Commerce has sponsored the Dougherty County STAR student program, which was started by the Georgia Chamber of Commerce to focus public attention on Georgia’s outstanding scholars and the teachers who help shape them. Today, the STAR program is facilitated by the PAGE (Professional Association of Georgia Educators) Foundation.

The STAR program offers awards totaling more than $34,000 at the district and state levels of competition.