Albany and Augusta leaders talk downtown, music legends in special visit

Albany and Augusta leaders talk downtown, music legends in special visit

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Leaders from Augusta spent time with Albany and Dougherty County officials walking along Front Street in downtown Albany, gathering ideas as they work to enhance their downtown and pay tribute to their hometown music legend James Brown.

"We got a statue downtown. We got a lot of people coming, taking pictures with that statue, but we want to enhance it," said Augusta Commissioner Marion Williams. "We're trying to widen our thinking and do some things differently, so we came down to take a look and I'm really impressed by what we see."

In addition to the sweet sounds of Ray Charles, visitors have plenty of room to take pictures in downtown Albany.

Augusta officials walked from the Riverquarium and Turtle Park to Veterans park, seeing how the Ray Charles plaza serves as a connector between them.

"Hopefully my colleagues and I, I mean I can't make decisions by myself being an elected official, I got to get five more votes, but I think I got the votes to do something for James Brown," said Williams. "James Brown is an icon who's known all over the world."

Dougherty County Commissioner Clinton Johnson noted that this visit was also beneficial for Albany leaders.

"I think the trip is good for all of us. You have state representatives here. You have city commissioners and county commissioners. And what it has done is it's allowed us to talk about what we've done right and what we could do better," said Johnson.

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