Editorial: Remember Albany Tomorrow

Editorial: Remember Albany Tomorrow

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Several new social sites popped up after our January storms. They were invitations to offer help, advice, and encouragement

One is called "Good Things About The Good Life City," inviting you to write something positive you have experienced in Albany.

One that comes to my mind is more of a historical reminder of the incredible job done by a group called: "Albany Tomorrow, Incorporated."

Albany Tomorrow, Incorporated implemented the downtown master plan, created in the early 90's, a list of projects you voted to build.

From the mid-90's until 2008, Albany Tomorrow, with the support of a very strong board of local business and industry leaders, is responsible for much of what you see today in Downtown Albany.

It's a very long list but it bears repeating, since it was done with your SPLOST tax dollars.

Albany Tomorrow managed projects to build: The Department of Human Resources building, next to the Civic Center, The Riverfront Resource Center, including what you may know as the Candy Room,

The Law Enforcement Center, River Front Park, including Ray Charles Plaza, and the Downtown crown jewel-- The Flint RiverQuarium.

The Hilton Garden Hotel & Conference Center, The Central Square Office building, and parking deck.

Beautiful Ashley Riverside Apartment Complex, The First Tee Golf Course, The Bridgehouse, now home to the Visitors & Convention Bureau, and, The River Trail System.

Restoration and additions were also made to the Thronateeska Planetarium, and The Civil Rights Institute.

December 31st, 2008 the business operations of Albany Tomorrow, Incorporated ceased, after ten years of very successful operation.

Without additional SPLOST dollars and something new to build, there was just no real mission for ATI.

ATI and its dedicated board accomplished its goals. We should not forget, and be very proud of the fine work done by Albany Tomorrow, Incorporated.

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