Viewpoint: CC director needs a free hand

Things are finally looking up for the Albany Civic Center.

As of this week, the mortgage on the huge, 10,200 seat arena is paid off and the facility has a new director.

Timothy Mabe of Valdosta is taking the helm of the struggling facility, and his arrival brings renewed hope that the civic center can be restored to the active venue of the Irwin Ellis days…back in the 1980's.

Back when Tina Turner, Stevie Wonder, Foreigner, Kenny Rogers, and scores of other top name acts performed right here in Albany.

Mabe was most recently Executive Director of the Valdosta Lowndes County Conference Center and Tourism Authority and has experience in convention center operation.

We are optimistic that he will be able to wheel and deal with concert promoters and attract quality entertainment to Albany.

We call on city leaders to support him and provide financial backing to land big name acts and help the civic center become a viable part of Albany rather than a continued drain on tax money.