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Albany is preparing to celebrate its local industry with a visit from state economic leaders.

The week of May 9th through the 13th will be Industry Celebration Week. It's a chance to recognize local business and the contributions they make to Albany and Dougherty County.

Economic Development officials say it's important to pay attention to existing industry as well as trying to attract new business.

Many business plan to bend the ear of the Deputy Director Economic Development who will be in town. 

"This is a great opportunity to not only get to speak with the leadership, but to bring the leadership to Albany and south Georgia," said Barbara Rivera Holmes of the EDC. "And for her to understand better how we live, how our community is our concerns, our opportunities. It's a great opportunity for businesses to talk first hand with that leadership."

In 2010 alone, existing business in Albany invested $25.5 million back into the community, and created as many as 80 new jobs.

A breakfast will be held May 11th during which local businesses will be honored. The luncheon with Gretchen Corbin is May 13th. Both events are at the Hilton Garden Inn.