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Metro area doesn't end at Albany city limits

Albany - Albany and Dougherty County leaders are learning how working with surrounding counties may help our region's economy and political clout. UGA's Carl Vinson Institute of Government is studying Lee, Worth, Baker, Terrell, and Dougherty Counties to see how they can work together.

Experts say elected officials must think of the whole region when making decision on issues like transportation, water conservation, and economic growth. They say that will help more rural counties compete on the state, national, and even global levels.

"When they come with a unified voice, that's gets attention. But, when they come as just the city Albany or Lee County and they said 'We need your help,' they might not be as willing to listen as much," said Jim Youngquist, Carl Vinson Institute of Government.

Albany, Dougherty, and Lee Counties paid $5,000 for the study which should be complete in September.

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