City Commissioner pushes for more growth in South Albany

City Commissioner pushes for more growth in South Albany

As more businesses are popping up in Albany, some city leaders are concerned they are not seeing as much growth in some areas. We spoke with Commissioner Tommie Postell who is pushing for more growth on the Southside of Albany.

Andrew Vinson has owned and operated his family business in South Albany since 1989

"We were originally in Mitchell County, we were on a dirt road, and that's the reason we moved to Albany, because of the paved road," says owner Andrew Vinson.

It's survived the flood of 94 and withstood the test of time as many other businesses have come and gone.

"A lot of people moved out of the neighborhood so they have to drive in now because there is not as many younger people as there once was," says Vinson.

And the thought of another flood deters many people from building here.

Commissioner Tommie Postell is pushing for more large retail stores on the Southside.

"I'm looking for something that can employ at least 50 people," says City Commissioner Tommie Postell.

He says with businesses popping up in different parts of Albany, he wants more in his ward.

"I want the distribution of the businesses to be dispersed throughout the city area, not just in one area," says Postell.

And Vinson says it would be good for the area.

"We need all kind of business here and more jobs for the people here," he says.

This Dollar General opened up a few years ago, which Postell says has done well.

But economic development isn't easy, and Albany-Dougherty Economic Development commission leaders say they push to improve growth for all of Albany.

"We look at it comprehensively, and so we utilize our existing assets, our buildings, our available land, and we market those pieces. And there are many other parts to it, but much is dictated by what's available in our community," says Barbara Rivera Holmes, Vice President of the Albany Dougherty Economic Development Commission.

And businesses tend to locate where others have already set up.

"Some of those factors are location within market areas, so many industries locate in clusters, and so those are some of the driving factors. Other businesses are led by traffic counts, by population, and by buying power," Holmes.

Vinson says the Southside, is a good place to shop.

"There's still a lot of people here willing to come to your business on the Southside," says Vinson.

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