ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Commercial building permits have increased by 28 percent over the previous fiscal year.
An increase in construction means there is an increase in jobs.
It also means that the overall economy in the Albany area is improving.
From the Albany Surgical Center on Westover Blvd. to the Walmart Neighborhood Market on Slappey Blvd., new business are being built all over Albany.
LRA is behind many of the construction projects including the new Dunkin Donuts on Dawson Rd.
City Commissioner Roger Marietta believes that surrounding towns are helping to bring in some of the new businesses.
"Interest rates are low. It makes construction affordable and there's a lot of business coming into town from surrounding communities," Said Marietta.
Dougherty County also saw an 18 percent increase in commercial building permits.
Lee County is looking at an even bigger increase in their construction since they issued 68 single family and six duplex permits so far this year. That's on pace for a 31 percent jump over 2014.