Auditor: EDC books are clean

ALBANY, Ga. -- An auditor paid by the Albany-Dougherty Economic Development Commission to review its financial records for the 2009-2010 fiscal year told the board Wednesday that the EDC appears to be on a strong financial footing.

Bill McDaniel, of Brown & McDaniel CPA's in Albany, went through his audit and report with the commissioners Wednesday.

"With all of that being said, you're in good shape, in our opinion," McDaniel said.

In other discussion, EDC President Ted Clem told the commission that the staff had received encouraging responses from several defense contractors who visited Albany to participate in the Marine Corps Logistics Command's trade show at the Civic Center last week.

"The comments were well received and we had defense contractors from around the country come and talk with us," Clem said. "Many are interested in office space for possible developments here."

The defense sector is one of the EDC's target industries and has been cited by researchers as one part of the economy that is primed for growth.

In other business, Chairman Bobby McKinney read the letter of resignation of board member Don Barfield who resigned this week due to ongoing health issues.

A city appointee, City Manager Alfred Lott said that City Clerk Sonja Tolbert will advertise the position and begin accepting resumes and applications from those in the community interested in filling Barfield's seat.

In his letter, which McKinney read to the board, Barfield thanked his fellow board members and the staff for their work and service to the community.