ALBANY, GA (WALB) – Albany Dougherty's Economic Development Commission Board has a new chairman, and he's certainly familiar with the board. Jay Smith serves as the Albany Chamber of Commerce's at-large member to the board.
Today, he was chosen to replace Bobby McKinney as chairman of the board. McKinney leaves after years of service and will be replaced by Darton College Economics Professor Aaron Johnson.
Smith says Albany has done the right things during the recession and feels the board knows what they need to do going forward.
"Generally the types of industries of industries we need to go after, the activities we need to do with retaining the working with the existing industries, those are things that are the right things to do, but going forward there may be some refinements that I think will be quite obvious," said EDC Board Chairman Jay Smith.
Jay Smith along with several other board members will travel to Washington, DC the first week of February to meet with Legislators as well as officials at the Pentagon to talk about business opportunities in southwest Georgia.
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