Saturday, May 25 2013 7:30 AM EDT2013-05-25 11:30:07 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 >>
Friday, May 24 2013 10:55 PM EDT2013-05-25 02:55:46 GMT
Not going out of town for Memorial Day? Don't worry, the Albany Panthers want to make sure you have a good weekend as they host their first ever beer fest. You can sample more than 20 types of beer SaturdayMore >>
Not going out of town for Memorial Day? Don't worry, the Albany Panthers want to make sure you have a good weekend as they host their first ever beer fest.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 10:50 PM EDT2013-05-25 02:50:57 GMT
The family of a Miller County woman is mourning tonight after GBI investigators say the 58 year old was murdered by her husband, before he took his own life. Now the family of Barbara Bass is speakingMore >>
The family of a Miller County woman is mourning tonight after GBI investigators say the 58 year old was murdered by her husband, before he took his own life.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 6:38 PM EDT2013-05-24 22:38:36 GMT
Dougherty County Police Officer issues seat belt citation
The Memorial Day Holiday weekend is here, and Dougherty county police are gearing up for a busy weekend. They'll be keeping a close eye on the roads, and are asking motorists to stay safe. Police saidMore >>
The Memorial Day Holiday weekend is here, and Dougherty county police are gearing up for a busy weekend. They'll be keeping a close eye on the roads, and are asking motorists to stay safe.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 6:25 PM EDT2013-05-24 22:25:44 GMT
The Albany Dougherty County Post of the American Legion will be on the lawn of the Albany Mall Saturday morning at 8:00 to erect 122 white crosses. They are there to represent the men and women fromMore >>
The Albany Dougherty County Post of the American Legion will be on the lawn of the Albany Mall Saturday morning at 8:00 to erect 122 white crosses.More >>
October 30, 2007
Albany- This year's Albany State University homecoming events had a nearly four million dollar impact on the area's economy.
That's a million more than last year. As anticipated, crowds at Albany State University reached as high as 25,000. Businesses in Albany say it was a good weekend for them and the crowds seemed pleased as they left.
Albany retailers have just now caught their breath from a busy weekend thanks to Albany State University's homecoming. Retailers say the crowds improved business over typical October sales.
"I'd say our sales were up 15 to 20 percent over a normal weekend and people were in a good mood and seemed to be having a good time," said Louis Bernard, owner, The Warehouse.
Hotels benefited from two and three night stays.
"We had people coming in on Thursday, Friday night and most of them did not leave out until Sunday afternoon, we had a couple of people stay over to Monday," said Simone Quimbly, Holiday Inn Sales Coordinator.
According to the Convention and Visitors Bureau, that means a greater economic impact on Albany.
"Saying that they were here for two nights, it's an economic impact of about four million dollars. So, we don't have exact numbers because we don't know how many come in and stay for how long, but as an estimate, we would say this weekend generates about four million dollars in economic impact," said Lisa Riddle, Convention Services Manager.
The community's support of the event really made a difference with Alumni.
"We have 14,000 alumni, here across the state of Georgia, across the nation and we made certain that we brought home the classes of the 2's and the 7's and we had a leadership group of alumni from the class of 1967 celebrating their 40th reunion and so that brought a whole lot of folks home," said Angela Getter, ASU Institutional Advancement.
In fact, ASU hopes the enthusiasm and momentum carries over for another weekend they have planned to celebrate the 105th anniversary next April when they're a "Tom Joyner School of the month."
"At that 105th anniversary celebration, alumni will come home again to celebrate the Tom Joyner Sky Show and all the activities that surround a week long celebration," said Getter.
University officials hope that will big business for the community, just like homecoming. The next big weekend for hotels and retailers in Albany won't come until after the first of the year, when Quail Unlimited comes to town.