ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Everything from creating an Albany innovation village, to expanding ASU to downtown Albany and even consolidating the city and county governments were just some of the ideas presented by the Young Gamechangerss on Friday.
A group of 48 young professionals from across Georgia are hoping to change Albany's challenges with new ideas.
The Young Gamechangers presented their final recommendations at the Albany State University Gillionville campus Friday afternoon.
They gave a number of city and county officials new ideas to keep young professionals wanting to live here.
The goal is for the civic leaders to hear these presentations and implement the ideas and create sustainable changes.
"Youth brings energy and if you want to bring in and attract young people that have energy and that have dollars and want to spend money, you have to listen to them," said Dougherty County Commission Chairman Chris Cohilas.
For Adam Ross, facing small town challenges is something he can relate to. He now lives in Atlanta but that wasn't always the case.
Ross grew up on a farm in Ocilla.
"So it kinda felt like going home a little bit to Albany and being a part of this program was really a fun and exciting task," explained Ross, a Young Gamechanger.
Ross presented the Albany innovation village idea that was designed to build a better workforce.
The village would serve as a hub for innovation and connect business, educational and public sectors together.
"We will certainly want to look at everything that they said and try to figure out what it is we can do," said Albany Mayor Dorothy Hubbard.
Other ideas included expanding ASU to downtown, an apprenticeship program and a community web portal for people to see available resources.
As for consolidation of the city and county governments, Hubbard said it's something to discuss.
Albany is the seventh city the Young Gamechangers have presented to.
Every community in the past has taken and implemented at least one of the suggestions.
DIGITAL EXCLUSIVE: Watch the full meeting as Young Gamechangers present recommendations to Albany-Dougherty County
You can see the full booklet of final recommendations the Young Gamechangers presented to Albany and Dougherty County on the Georgia Forward website.