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The United Way of Southwest Georgia honors more than a dozen organizations for their leadership in supporting United Way agencies. United Way raised about 1.1-million dollars this year. That's up slightlyMore >>
The United Way of Southwest Georgia honors more than a dozen organizations for their leadership in supporting United Way agencies.More >>
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Dougherty County School Board members want property owners to know, they won't raise your taxes despite another tight budget year. Monday night Board members held a public hearing to give people a chanceMore >>
Dougherty County School Board members want property owners to know, they won't raise your taxes despite another tight budget year.More >>
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The opening of Albany's new airport terminal remains on schedule despite a delay in the ceremonial opening.More >>
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A Georgia girl remains hospitalized tonight with serious burns following a boat explosion on Lake Lanier. Apparently, a fuel leak led to the blast.More >>
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Police are asking banks to be on the lookout for a woman who has cashed thousands of dollars in forged checks. So far, she's hit Colony Banks in Albany, Valdosta, Moultrie, and Sylvester. Sylvester PoliceMore >>
Police hope to stop a successful forger who's gotten away with thousands of dollars so far by cashing fraudulent checks at multiple south Georgia banks.More >>
ALBANY, GA (WALB) – The wheels of development in Downtown Albany are turning once again. Wednesday, stakeholders who can bring real money and real development opportunities to the table met to discuss their plans for downtown.
Some of the people who are most able to make an impact on development in downtown Albany met in one room at the Law enforcement Center in Albany Wednesday. Interim ADICA Director James Taylor said, "We need the bankers, the investors, the developers, the universities, the higher education institutions and property owners at the table. So, my next question is, are you at the table?"
And willing to put some money on that table. Taylor said, "I wanted to hear from the community what they thought about downtown, whether they thought that it's worth saving, worth doing, that it's important to the city of Albany and they told me that."
Sam Shugart is a business and property owner. When asked if downtown is worth saving, he said without a doubt. "Absolutely it's worth saving. I would consider it the heart of the city. Without the heart, the body's going to fail."
But the heart doesn't have much blood pumping to it these days. Businesses have closed down. Money has dried up. Shugart said, "I think what you've got to see is some private investors come in and be successful and with that success, is going to spawn more success." But how do you get people to invest? "Profit," said Shugart.
And that may be easier to achieve with the help of tax credits and incentives. "We want to make it, make it a project as risk free as we can, such that a developer will be willing to risk their resources and their property to do the project," said Taylor. And put the heartbeat back in the heart of downtown.
The Georgia Department of Community affairs and the Albany Dougherty Inner City Authority hosted today's meetings. They are the first in what will be a series of meetings to begin development plans downtown.