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News Release from the Albany Area Chamber of Commerce

Albany, GA – The Georgia Department of Economic Development has designated the
Albany Welcome Center as a Level 5 Regional Visitor Information Center. To qualify for this
status the Albany Welcome Center had to submit an extensive application.

 Minimal criteria included:
• More than 10,000 annual visitors frequented the facility
• The facility is open at minimum 5 days a week
• The Welcome Center Manager completes a minimum of 6 hours of cross training per
calendar year.

With the level 5 designation the Albany CVB is eligible for a funding level of $5,000,
supported by a request by our Legislative delegation (always dependant upon the state's
budget).

The Albany CVB will be listed on the State of Georgia Tourism website and the
Georgia Travel guide as a Regional Visitor Information Center (RVIC) and official signage
directing visitors to the Albany Welcome Center will be provided by the Department of
Transportation.


"This designation places our visitor information center at the top of the class. It's a
designation our community should be proud of," Catherine Glover, President/CEO Albany
Convention & Visitors Bureau and Albany Area Chamber of Commerce, stated.

"This is a well-used asset, located on the beautiful Flint River. We're especially grateful to the dynamic CVB staff for all of their hard work in ensuring that visitors to our area feel welcome."

"The Albany Welcome Center is the first to receive the RVIC designation in the 26 counties
of Southwest Georgia (known as the Plantation Trace Region)," said Jeff Stubbs, Regional
Tourism Representative with the Georgia Department of Economic Development.

The Albany Welcome Center had 40,535 visitors in the first fiscal year they were open
(2008-2009).

Due to optimal operations, return on investment, visitor count, etc., the
CVB received Level 4 Visitor Designation Status after only their first six months of opening
at their new location. "The CVB staff have worked diligently to get us to the next level,"
states Glover.