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D'town manager looking for cooperation from the EDC

By Jennifer Emert - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) –  Albany's new downtown manager asked the Albany Dougherty Economic Development Commission for help implementing his plans for downtown.

Aaron Blair said in the next month or so he hopes to have the city's new downtown website up and running. DtownAlbany.com will promote events, concerts, and business downtown.

Blair said his biggest challenge will be changing the misperception that downtown is a dangerous place. He set a goal to increase traffic downtown this year.

"We're going to try to increase the occupancy rate in downtown," Blair said. "If we can do it by 25 percent, that's going to be our goal, of course we want to exceed our goal and then we also want to start to develop a residential component downtown."

Right now he's working to draft a program that would help convert empty warehouse space above businesses into lofts for downtown living.

Blair also expects to roll out a business incentive package as early as March. Blair told EDC Board members he needs their cooperation to make those plans a reality.

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