ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Albany Mayor Dorothy Hubbard has a vision for the city to keep growing, now that growth is starting to be seen in downtown.
Later this week, Hubbard will be hosting the Mayor's Coalition for Economic Development.
There, people will be able to talk to employers about jobs and opportunities coming to Albany.
Albany has had much success with the revitalization of downtown so far.
Mayor Dorothy Hubbard said they are on track to get downtown to reach its full potential and getting citizens employed.
Hubbard said new businesses and industries are coming to Albany and that means jobs.
For someone like Cassie Byrd, who just graduated and is now looking for a job, it's a very exciting time.
"Seeing how things are going particularly downtown, it makes not only me hopeful but I know there are a lot of other people looking for jobs," said Byrd.
Hubbard explained that downtown is the first step in making Albany thrive in growth and economic development.
"Industries want to come where the downtowns are developed," said Hubbard.
For Byrd, she said she's more optimistic than ever that her career is right around the corner.
"All of this is coming to Albany and to the downtown area and it makes me very very hopeful," said Byrd.
"Vision for a couple of restaurants and people living downtown," said Hubbard.
Getting the public involved is the first step in economic development. Mayor Hubbard said Wednesday's upcoming economic development forum is all about providing information about how citizens can get jobs and contribute to economic development.
"How to go about getting the jobs that are available, what training is necessary because things have changed so much and they are continuously," said Hubbard.
"You can feel it in the air. Albany is really going to pull up and they are really working hard at doing something great and different," said Byrd.
Wednesday's forum will be from 4 p.m. to 6 at the Albany Government Center in room 100.
There will be several different employment opportunities like business, manufacturing, logistics, and health care.