ALBANY, Ga. -- Family, friends and former colleagues crowded into the Albany Area Chamber of Commerce offices Tuesday to pay tribute to the man who was the driving force in bringing many of the region's largest industries to town.
Lamar Clifton, who served as the Albany Area Chamber Executive Director from 1974 to 1987, and in 1978 served as the president of the Georgia Chamber Executives, was joined at the tribute by his wife Evelyn, their sons Chip and Dodd, and their daughter Cary to revel in his moment.
"From what I've learned, Mr. Clifton's first priority was to his wife, Evelyn, and his children," Chamber President and CEO Catherine Glover said. "His second priority was to the city of Albany. He worked tirelessly on leads that fostered opportunities with Tara Foods, Procter & Gamble, Delco-Remy, growth at the MCLB and Miller Brewing Company.
"His unwavering and dedicated service to our community brought hundreds of jobs to our area."
Clifton, 81, was first honored with a joint city-county proclamation, which was read by Dougherty Commission Chairman Jeff Sinyard. He was then presented with a lifetime Chamber membership by chair-elect Miles Espy.
Afterwards, a ribbon-cutting and the unveiling of a plaque and portrait were held for the newly dedicated Lamar Clifton Meeting Room.
Glover, pointing to the room said, "This is a room that has held hundreds of meetings and to this day is where many of our executive level, community and economic development planning meetings are held."