ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Economic Development officials said that getting a plan to keep young people in the South Georgia workforce is one of their biggest future challenges.
Downtown development and entertainment options are said to be vital for keeping young South Georgians from moving away.
On Monday, Commissioner B.J. Fletcher said that one of their main goals has to be working on millennial retention, keeping some of the best and brightest in South Georgia's workforce.
"These young people they want something to do," said Fletcher. "They want culture, they want the arts. We just need to bring downtown, it's huge."
"Hopefully that plants some seeds that grow in moving some people who are young and talented and have an entrepreneurial mindset back to Albany and help grow the community," explained EDC Executive Director Justin Strickland.
The Georgia Chamber of Commerce has forecast Southwest Georgia will see an 8 percent loss of population over the next 14 years, much of it young adults.