ALBANY, GA (WALB) – The state Department of Labor is helping Albany leaders try to attract a new industry to the old Cooper Tire plant.
Labor Commissioner Michael Thurmond delivered a $25,000 check to the Economic Development commission Wednesday afternoon.
The grant will be used to market the vacant Cooper Tire building. The goal is to attract new jobs to the community.
Thurmond said, "Our job is to get unemployed Georgians back to work as quickly as possible and directly related to that is the creation of new jobs. The challenge we face right now is our economy is not creating enough private sector jobs so this is an investment that will bring huge returns to individuals who are looking for work and to the Southwest Georgia economy."
The good news is that businesses are showing interest in the Cooper building. Two groups visited the building in the past three weeks.