ALBANY, Ga. -- The Albany-Dougherty Economic Development Commission will add three new members -- one each selected by the Albany Area Chamber of Commerce and the Albany and Dougherty County commissions -- starting Jan. 1.
The decision to add the members, which was given previous unanimous approval by the EDC Board of Directors, was made during an Economic Development Commission administrative member meeting Wednesday.
"We need as many strong economic development minds involved in the thought process as we can put in the room," Dougherty Commission Chairman Jeff Sinyard said. "This decision allows us to bring in new ideas from three new members."
Albany Mayor Dorothy Hubbard encouraged the three entities to look for "bright young minds" to add to the EDC mix.
"I think it's important to bring the next generation of leaders to the table," Hubbard said.
Chamber Board Chairman Miles Espy said adding three new members to the EDC will further engage the community in the commission's efforts.
"Certainly, as Mayor Hubbard said, we'll consider younger candidates," Espy said. "That's a factor, but I think it's important to look for the most qualified person. This is keeping with the EDC's decision to add public teams to discuss and be a part of its efforts. When you have people who are engaged in the process, you're going to get good new ideas.
"I'm pleased with the composition of the (EDC) board as it is, but going out and finding three others who are willing to roll up their sleeves and go to work with us, I wholeheartedly support that."
The administrators voted to bring the three new members on for two-year terms starting Jan. 1.