VIPs from across the globe to visit Albany today

ALBANY, Ga. -- Dignitaries from around the globe will be in Albany today as part of a tour hosted by the Georgia Department of Economic Development.

Representatives of 23 nations will tour cities across Southwest Georgia including Albany, Tifton, Lakeland, Thomasville and Americus.

"The VIP Tour exposes Georgia's influential consular corps to regions outside metro Atlanta that may have potential interest for international investors and visitors," DCED Commissioner Chris Cummiskey said in a prepared news release. "It allows the consuls the opportunity to interact with Georgia citizens, and highlights not only the diversity of Georgia's business and cultural environments, but also the strength of the state's partnerships with local leaders, which are so important to the economic development process."

For local economic development officials, the tour is viewed as an opportunity to show off the area and hopefully make some connections that will lead to further international investment.

"It's a unique opportunity when we're able to showcase Albany's rich and diversified industrial base and its role in the state economy to the international officials on the VIP Tour," Ted Clem, president of the Albany-Dougherty Economic Development Commission, said.

"Among other things, we are known for our manufacturing, our agriculture, our infrastructure and our access to natural resources such as water. Officials will experience all of these first-hand, while enjoying local culinary fare and amenities including Merry Acres Inn and the Flint RiverQuarium, which will give them a flavor of the Southwest Georgia life we all enjoy. We're honored to host such an elite group in our community."


rightasrain 2 years, 8 months ago

Oh wow! Absolutely take them to the Flint RiverQuarium; this will be the deal breaker for these businessmen. By the way, be sure the Police have cleared all the streets of the generational dead beat welfare receipients and unemployable riffraff. Then take them to better places to set up shop...Tifton, Thomasville, Lakeland, Americus...


NotVinceDooley 2 years, 8 months ago

Merry Acres and the RiverQuarium? Yeah, good luck with that. I'm sure "international dignitaries" will be quite impressed.


Mickelmeyer 2 years, 8 months ago

The sky did not fall as the two pessimists thought. The event was a great success; the coverage in today's Herald online of the tour of Thrush with interview and comment by the CG from one of the European showed what a positive event this was for SW Georgia and Albany. Remember, many other countries do not have the large tracts of land many take for granted down here in South Georgia. Start your day with a smile and know that this may yield good results long term.....


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