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New jobs part of EDC package

ALBANY, Ga. -- The staff of the Albany-Dougherty Economic Development Commission has presented its board with a list of goals for the 2012 fiscal year which include creation of 500 new jobs and increasing interactions with existing industry.

EDC President Ted Clem said the list of five goals was challenging, but "doable," and would help not only put people back to work but to also help retain and expand existing industries.

"Accomplishing them all won't be easy, but I'd say they were all doable," Clem said after an EDC meeting Wednesday. "They're all areas that we need to stay focused on to keep moving forward."

The list was compiled by a committee of EDC board members that included Albany City Manager James Taylor and Darton Economics Professor Aaron Johnson.

The goals include facilitating the creation of 500 new jobs, to maintain active outreach to existing industries through at least 100 on-site visits, and interviewing and assisting with 50 opportunities for service.

Clem identified those items as helping a small business owner access the proper city official to help deal with chronic flooding issues, or helping to streamline the permitting process.

Another goal is for the EDC to host 10 prospect site visits in Albany or Dougherty County during the next year. The score on this particular goal is tied to the quality of the prospect and how many jobs they would bring to the area.

Goal four involves boosting traffic to a new EDC website, and goal five would be to bring Phase 1 of the Albany-Dougherty Industrial Park under construction by June 2012.

At the end of the year, the board will tabulate the staff's score based on how well they were able to complete each goal. Merit raises are tied directly to goal performance.