At a special called
meeting of the Albany Dougherty Economic Development Commission, EDC President
Ted Clem submitted his resignation.
"It's been a good run
in Albany I've really fallen in love with the community, it's been home to me
and my family, It's been a great time to serve with the economic development,"
said Ted Clem, outgoing president, Economic Development Commission.
After five years, Clem
says it's time to move on. He accepted a
job as senior project manager with the business development division of the Alabama
Department of Commerce. Clem says he accomplished a lot in Albany.
"January 2009 was a
rough period that's when I started and it came on the hills of the announcement
that cooper would be closing their plant, there were a couple of other losses
in the manufacture that proceeded that, so we were facing a bit of a challenge,"
The commission named the
current vice president as interim president.
was named interim after we accepted the resignation of Ted Clem as our
president," said Jay Smith, Board Chairman.
The city of Albany has a
new development fund, millions of dollars set aside for incentives to companies
that bring at least 100 jobs to town.
Board Chairman Jay Smith hopes that will pay off and create jobs this
"What I think is we
can stay the course with the strategic plan we established a year and a half
ago, we're beginning to see the payoff with that," said Smith.
Bringing and retaining
companies is extremely important for small business owners like Pong
Hughes. Her shop sells wigs and other
She says when the
community thrives, her business thrives.
"This building I own,
more business, the more people come, the more people come shopping more,"
said Pong Hughes, owner.
Interim president Justin
Strickland, is an Albany native who graduated from Albany High School, and UGA. Clem's last day on the job
is January 31st.