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January 31, 2007

Albany - We're on a roll. Georgia should be one of the top 10 states this year for economic growth and development. That word coming Wednesday at the Southwest Georgia economic outlook luncheon.

The Albany area should see its third straight year of job growth, despite a nation wide housing slowdown that has moved into Southwest Georgia. We'll also benefit from redevelopment efforts along the Flint, which should bring in more tourists and retirees.  

Mayor Willie Adams says, "We've got the issues of poverty, crime and education and all those play a factor into how we do economically ."

Dr. Jeff Humphreys with TheUGA Terry College of Business says, "What we're seeing now is a lot of people are getting encouraged by the abundance of jobs so there are coming back in and looking for jobs again, so the unemployment rate may actually stay pretty steady."

One other major economic benefit to all of Southwest Georgia in the near future would be the extension of I-85 through Albany.

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