Albany poised to celebrate industry


April 2: EDC Industry Luncheon, 11:30 a.m. (networking); program, noon-1 p.m., Hilton Garden Inn. Cost is $25 per person or $200 for a table of eight. For reservations call Suzanne McKinney at (229) 434-0044.

April 3: Masters of Industry Business After Hours, 5 p.m.-7 p.m., Doublegate Country Club. No cost at attend.

April 4: EDC Industry Awards Rise N Shine Breakfast and mayoral proclamation, 7:30 a.m., Hilton Garden Inn. Cost is $20 per person.

ALBANY, Ga. -- Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler will be the guest speaker April 2 at an industry luncheon, one of several events hosted by the Albany-Dougherty Economic Development Commission during Albany-Dougherty Industry Celebration Week.

"Sometimes we forget to say thanks to our industries and the things they do to make things better," said Barbara Rivera Holmes, director of marketing & existing industries for the EDC. "Industry Week with the EDC events are one way of recognizing the local, regional and even national contributions our industries make."

Ted Clem, president of the EDC, said the agency was "thrilled that Commissioner Butler will be in Albany to share the valuable assistance provided by the (Labor) agency."

"We encourage all local and regional businesses and leaders to take advantage of the opportunity to hear from Commissioner Butler," Clem said.

According to EDC sources, the Georgia Department of Labor works with public and private partners in building a "world-class work force system" that contributes to Georgia's economic prosperity.

It does this by helping individuals attain their work goals and increase their self-sufficiency through employment, training, comprehensive rehabilitation and support services, sources said.

In addition to the EDC luncheon at the Hilton Garden Inn, there will be an a Masters of Industry Business After Hours on April 3 at Doublegate Country Club, as well as an April 4 Industry Rise n Shine breakfast, where winners of the Industry week awards will be announced.

The EDC recognizes four categories of local industry winners, which are global commerce, economic impact, excellence in innovation and corporate community citizenship (Good Life City Award). A proclamation will be made by Mayor Dorothy Hubbard.