Saturday, May 18 2013 8:00 AM EDT2013-05-18 12:00:09 GMT
In its effort to hire 10,000 new employees in May, Dollar General will host a career fair at Dollar General located at 2017 N Slappey Blvd. in Albany, Ga. on Saturday, May 18 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.More >>
The event is held as part of the major retailer's effort to hire 10,000 new employees in May...More >>
Friday, May 17 2013 11:59 PM EDT2013-05-18 03:59:20 GMT
The family of an Albany teenager who died on Friday, isn't sure how they'll pay for her funeral. 16-year old Keyanna Lang died from a heart condition. Due to her illness the family couldn't keep lifeMore >>
The family of an Albany teenager who died on Friday, isn't sure how they'll pay for her funeral.More >>
Friday, May 17 2013 11:58 PM EDT2013-05-18 03:58:09 GMT
A student-led effort to help cancer survivors ended up being a big success at a Lee County School. Friday students at Twin Oaks elementary school donated the proceeds from their effort to the Cancer CoalitionMore >>
A student-led effort to help cancer survivors ended up being a big success at a Lee County School. Friday students at Twin Oaks elementary school donated the proceeds from their effort to the Cancer Coalition of Southwest Georgia.More >>
Friday, May 17 2013 11:44 PM EDT2013-05-18 03:44:12 GMT
Furloughs for Marine Corps Logistics Base workers could start in less than two months. About 2,000 workers at the Albany base will have to take up to 11 unpaid days off in the next fiscal year that startsMore >>
Furloughs for Marine Corps Logistics Base workers could start in less than two months.More >>
Friday, May 17 2013 11:43 PM EDT2013-05-18 03:43:28 GMT
The Rat Pack came back to Albany Friday night. Sinatra and Friends performed at Doublegate Country Club to raise money for the Albany Symphony Association. The guys who play the roles of Frank Sinatra,More >>
People danced the night away to Frank Sinatra tunes.More >>
January 26, 2006
Valdosta - Bill and Sandy Prentiss moved to Valdosta a little over a year ago, and couldn't be happier withtheir new home. "We love it, we've met some wonderful people here," said Bill Prentiss.
They're part of a growing trend in this area. More and more retirees are passing on Florida as a retirement community and settling down in South Georgia. "A number of our friends that retired to Florida are looking to come up here and look at our place and in fact, we've had three or four already successfully relocate," said Prentiss.
The Prentiss' were recruited to this area by the Chamber's Triple Crown Hometown Program. It's mission is to make Valdosta a premier retirement community, and its working. "We've relocated 80 retiree households," said Allison Stokes, Triple Crown Hometown Director.
And that success is getting attention all over the state. Hundreds of economic developers from Georgia are in Valdosta this week for a retirement community workshop. "We're trying to profile this area," said Rick Duke, Workshop Organizer.
They're learning how they can attract more retirees to their cities and experience the economic success that we're seeing. "It's estimated that one retiree household creates 1.5 jobs in the community and they spend locally, so they contribute to our tax base, our sales tax money, and it helps the community," said Stokes.
Retirees who've made their home here say it was an easy choice. Good weather, great health care, and affordability are just a few of the attractions. "We got so much more house for our money here than we would've got down in Florida," said Prentiss.
Now these business leaders will take those thoughts back home, in hopes of making their communities a hot spot for retirees.