February 10, 2022
CONTACT: Reedi Mabrey
Albany, Ga. – This week, the Georgia Chamber of Commerce hosts its 33rd annual Georgia Quail Hunt in Albany, as business leaders representing state recruitment and expansion prospects joined local and state economic development officials, including Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp, to learn about the benefits of doing business in Georgia.
The Albany Area is recognized as one of the world’s premiere destinations for quail hunting, with the industry producing an estimated annual economic impact of more than $145 million. This week’s recruitment event utilizes various hunting preserves throughout Southwest Georgia and is based out of Albany.
“Albany and Southwest Georgia provide an outstanding quality of life, a low cost of doing business and plenty of opportunity for growth and expansion,” said Jana Dyke, president and CEO of the Albany-Dougherty Economic Development Commission. “These are just a few of the recruitment assets we market during the hunt, and the event allows business prospects and state officials the opportunity to experience what we have to offer, first-hand.”
Since its inception in 1988, business guests of the Georgia Quail Hunt have invested upwards of $2.5 billion and created more than 8,500 jobs in the state as a result of corporate relocations or expansions.
Industry locations in Albany-Dougherty County such as Outdoor Network Distribution and Manufacturing, PowerSports Plus and WebstaurantStore are local projects facilitated through the hunt.
“Georgia has established itself as the nation’s top state for business, and this event allows us the opportunity to showcase Georgia’s people and business friendly environment,” said 2022 Georgia Quail Hunt Chairman Daryl Ingram, chief external officer and senior vice president of Electric Cities of Georgia. “Economic success, to a large part, is due to collaboration between public and private entities coming together to create opportunities for businesses to thrive, and therefore creating thriving communities along with them. This event is a perfect example of the collaborative atmosphere businesses can expect when they choose to locate or expand in Georgia.”
Georgia’s competitive advantages in site location include tax environment, availability of talent and access to training, and quality transportation infrastructure. Area Development magazine has recognized these assets – along with many others – and for eight years running, has named Georgia the nation’s “Top state for doing business.”
Event organizers say the hunt has been successful in promoting these assets and recruiting businesses to the state.
“For more than 30 years, the Georgia Quail Hunt has helped facilitate the creation of thousands of jobs and tens of billions in investment in Georgia’s economy,” said Chris Clark, president and CEO of the Georgia Chamber. “Hosting the event in Albany provides an incredible opportunity to showcase Southwest Georgia as a premier destination for business, giving guests a first-hand look at the region’s high quality of life and exposing them to local and state leaders who are eager to help them take their business to the next level.”
The hunt is sponsored by the Georgia Allies, the Albany-Dougherty Economic Development Commission and Locate South Georgia, along with corporate sponsors Bergara, BPI Outdoors, Glock, Kia Georgia, Inc., Molson Coors, PowerSports Plus, Remington Firearms, Taurus Holdings and Trulock Choke Tubes.
About the Georgia Chamber of Commerce
The Georgia Chamber of Commerce is the state’s largest business advocacy organization that focuses on state and federal issues. The Chamber has worked to keep, grow and create jobs to make Georgia a better state for business. The advocacy, policy and thought leadership help ensure Georgia’s economic competitiveness, attract new investments as well as promote growth and prosperity for all businesses.