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"Our citizens need to know the budget of the community development commission and how many businesses they have brought to the area in the past two years."
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I believe one needs to ask what we have given these folks to sell this area? A corrupt and disfunctional School System, all the way up to ASU. A record high medical cost area when compared to other locations firms could operate in. A dysfunctional governmental structure that seems to have everything sight set up for failure and maximum profit for their friends. I don't care how much money you throw at it, for them to get a ligitimate Company to come here they would have to pull off one of the biggest cons in history.
Quality of life is a big factor in attracting a good workforce and good employers. A person moving to Albany had better get a $20,000 raise to overcome the costs of private school for two after taxes etc. And what on earth would make anyone think Albany is competitive with property taxes in other area? Crime and medical costs are also big nails in the coffin.
I don't see ever being savvy enough to pull off getting a new major employer. It will be fortunate to hang on to what is now here but that won't last much longer.
Walt you said it all. This town could show some tricks to Chicago. Albany will never ever have a major industry to locate here even though all the powers from the Chamber down like to toot their horn that they are doing it. If we get as many businesses as non profits cropping up we would be the largest town in Georgia instead of the laughing stock. Browse the internet and look at what bloggers are saying about Albany. Nothing good I can assure you.
In the past decade automobile assembly plants (with good paying jobs) are being built in Alabama, South Carolina, other parts of Georgia, and even in Ohio, and we haven't been in the running for one. Even with our rail service, proximity to Interstate highways etc. I don't recall an auto maker wanting to come here. These other places must be doing something right. My Honda, including the engine and tranny was built in Ohio in a small town 20 miles north of Columbus. What are they doing that we are not doing?
Education, my friend, is what it boils down to. These companies will not come to an uneducated city. Too much risk for the company to take.
Yes, crime and lack of education in public schools. We had several candidates turn us down for those reasons. DCSS graduates that are functionally illiterate. What can an employer do with someone who cannot read instructions? Most of the properties in Albany pay no taxes. Crime isn't just some thug on the street, it is churches sucking huge amounts of money from government with nothing to show for it. School systems under State investigation. A charity hospital with bank accounts in Cayman Island. This is an episode where Boss Hogg wins. Lying and stealing done openly, so it doesn't take much investigation to find the awful truth. And yet most of the people make wonderful neighbors and we are located in a beautiful part of Gods world. Go figure.
I don't pay much attention to the events in Albany because I don't live there or even in the county but have in the past been to Phoebe for a test that was only available there. I like to read the blogs where Phoebe is mentioned because I find it interesting that a hospital can run a city/county the way it does. I see the "Cayman Accounts" mentioned from time to time. Where did this rumor start (or is it fact?). Just curious. I know in years past when my Bearcat scanner would pick up cell phone calls I used to hear some very interesting things about the hospital from employees within and from outsiders. Can't recall anything about accounts but did hear some "gossip" that was funny.
Yes, the Cayman accounts were real at one time and still may be. Then there are the $100 cigars and junkets for their execs.
Well thanks for the heads up....I found this interesting article and had no idea even ABC News did a big story on Phoebe. Wonder if it is time to contact ABC News and give them a heads up on the latest Phoebe is pulling. Anyway, here's the URL:
YIKES...this article lists $2.6 BILLION..yes with a B..in secret accounts ....
How about this Squawk Albany Herald: The house where the gang drive by/murder was at a couple of Sundays ago is owned by the City of Albany/DCED. Look it up for yourself. Google Qpublic and search property tax records for 514 Willard Ave.
The question is, why would any auto assembly plant want to be located in Albany? Why would any major industry want to be located in Albany? What does Albany have to offer that would make them want to come to Albany? Albany used to have plenty of industry, but most of those that we had either closed down or relocated somewhere else. Albany is like an industrial graveyard. We are lucky we still have what we currently have (MCLB, Miller/Coors, P&G), and even those that are left is no guarantee how long they will be here.
Lee County could potentially become like Gwinnett county. That place is bustling and it's all because they took advantage of Atlanta's shortcomings. Imagine a large venue like the Gwinnett Center with quality acts coming on a regular basis. The demographics are in place and premium ticket prices would likely ensure that it would not to into a typical Dougherty county fiasco.
Gwinnett is not the the place of choice it formerly was. Check the demographics, they are not what used to be. It now has 1,900 units on the Sec 8 plan. "White persons not hispanic" is 43%. Its best days are in the rear view mirror.
Albany has a toxic mix of low education minorities, bible thumpers who r still fighting the civil war and old folks who r life long residents. All governed by simple criminals. Send all the "thoughts n prayers" u want but your town is doomed Detroit style.
Which one are you?