Thursday, May 23 2013 10:01 AM EDT2013-05-23 14:01:10 GMT
Albany Engineer K. Bruce Maples, P. E. announced some road closures Thursday morning. Beginning at 6:00 A.M., Saturday, May 25, 2013, the following streets will be closed for the Spring Fest and SBMore >>
Albany Engineer K. Bruce Maples, announced some road closures beginning at 6:00 A.M., Saturday, May 25, 2013, in downtown Albany.More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 9:00 AM EDT2013-05-23 13:00:09 GMT
ATLANTA – The Georgia Department of Labor announced today that metro Albany's unemployment rate declined to 8.6 percent in April, down three-tenths of a percentage point from 8.9 percent in March. TheMore >>
The unemployment rate in the Southwest Georgia region declined to 8.2 percent in April, down two-tenths of a percentage point from 8.4 percent in March. The rate was 8.8 percent in April a year ago.More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 7:30 AM EDT2013-05-23 11:30:38 GMT
Dougherty County Police believe a pair of convenience store smash and grabs may be the work of the same two men. The first smash and grab happened around 2:20 am at the Pit Stop convenience store atMore >>
Dougherty County Police believe two men are behind a smash and grab and a break in at two convenience stores within four miles of each other.More >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 11:26 PM EDT2013-05-23 03:26:38 GMT
If you're traveling this Memorial Day Weekend, you may notice you're paying about the same at the pump as last year. AAA says the average gas price in Georgia right now is about $3.46 a gallon. That'sMore >>
If you're traveling this Memorial Day Weekend, you may notice you're paying about the same at the pump as last year.More >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 11:20 PM EDT2013-05-23 03:20:46 GMT
Looks like will have great weather for Memorial Day weekend and DNR Rangers are preparing for big crowds on Lake Blackshear. Rangers expect a large number of boaters all weekend. They say they will strictlyMore >>
Looks like will have great weather for Memorial Day weekend and DNR Rangers are preparing for big crowds on Lake Blackshear.More >>
Albany- Jodie Russell came to the Flint Riverquarium from Thomasville with her home school association.
"We spent all day here, and just had an absolutely fantastic time," said Russell. She plans to tell her friends about the visit.
That's just what Chamber of Commerce leaders and Riverquarium managers hope she'll do. They say now is an exciting time for downtown Albany.
"The climate is especially ripe right now, with the River Center coming on-line, the Riverquarium coming on-line, the arena football team, will be starting it's season April ninth, the extension of the sales tax, is going to allow us to invest several millions of dollars into the downtown area," said Tim Martin, President and CEO of the Albany Chamber of Commerce.
The Chamber plans to target potential visitors in areas like Atlanta and Florida.
"Those markets who are a close drive and can come in and spend several hours, spend the night, is the markets we're going after," said Martin.
"We have actually put up billboards on the interstate to try and capture traffic heading south to Florida and north through Georgia, getting them to come to Albany," said Doug Noble, CEO Flint Riverquarium.
Governor Sonny Perdue wants the state to help with that promotion. He wants to create a tourism foundation that will combine state and private money to boost the number of visitors to Georgia, visitors who will spend money here.
"The reason those dollars are important is they're worth more than my dollars as a resident of Albany, those dollars roll over in the community several times," said Noble.
Dollars from visitors like Jodie Russell.
"And just a lot of hands on fun stuff, but a lot of information to turn it into a real learning experience," said Russell.
An experience learning about Georgia's waterways and learning that Albany can be a good place to visit.
The Albany Chamber of Commerce is hoping to get some representation on the Governor's proposed Tourism Foundation. There are five at large positions that will be appointed by the governor.