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Lobbyist Groups interviewed

November 13, 2007

Albany - Albany Commissioners want to get more federal dollars into the city, so your local tax dollars can be better utilized.

Commissioners interviewed two lobbying firms out of Washington Tuesday to help with that task. The Ferguson Group has been working for the city for the past four years to help bring in money from Washington. On Tuesday, representatives from that firm said they have turned down offers from other South Georgia communities so they can be totally devoted to bring in as much money to Albany as possible. One area they've been working hard is for bringing in money to the airport. But they have some competition.

Jorden Burt also wants the job of lobbying for Albany. They say they work hard to find a connection with historically black colleges and universities and the community, and will operate 24/7 for Albany.  Mayor Willie Adams said, "There are a lot of funds that are out there that have been available. We have to make sure that we bring everything that we can back to Albany to supplement what we want to do."

City commissioners will decide which group to hire next week. The contract with either firm will cost roughly $100,000, but commissioners say it's well worth the investment as they will receive much more in return.

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