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State officials to get first look at EDC video

Albany-Dougherty Economic Development Commission Board Chairman Jay Smith looks over notes during the EDC’s monthly meeting Wednesday. (Staff photo: Carlton Fletcher)

Albany-Dougherty Economic Development Commission Board Chairman Jay Smith looks over notes during the EDC’s monthly meeting Wednesday. (Staff photo: Carlton Fletcher)

ALBANY — The Albany-Dougherty Economic Development Commission will unveil its promotional video “229 Party Pack: For a Good Time Anywhere” at a Georgia Economic Development Association meeting in Macon Monday.

EDC Vice President of Marketing and Existing Industries Barbara Rivera Holmes told the EDC board at its monthly meeting Wednesday that the video offers business prospects a glimpse at “all Albany has to offer.”

“We spend all of a day and a half shooting more than 700 video clips all over Albany,” Holmes said after Wednesday’s meeting. “We gave prospective businesses a glimpse of all we make here and all Albany has to offer. We went everywhere: a peanut field, Phoebe (Putney Memorial Hospital), the RiverQuarium, P&G … and got images that we think will help lift a veil off Albany.

“There is no talk, just video clips of Albany set to music. We’re really excited about the finished product.”

Holmes said the promotional video will be shown to the EDC board at its Novemebr meeting and then be made available to all its partners for download on their websites.

“The technology available today has changed the way we do business,” EDC Board Chairman Jay Smith said. “We’re able to do things now in a short period of time that in the past we would have had to have outside companies do over a much longer period of time. I think this video is going to be a beneficial tool for our community.”

The EDC board also voted to table final approval of its Fiscal Year 2013 audit report until the final draft of the report is available. Board member Miles Espy suggested waiting to approve the audit.

“There was no problem with the report, we just wanted to make sure we had a final draft of the document before we approved it,” Smith said. “We’re actually in a stronger position cashwise in 2013 than we were in 2012. We have internal controls in place to assure that one person cannot spend money without others seeing it first. That’s a good policy.”

Smith said the EDC is actively working to help Albany fully recover from the crippling recession that hit the Southwest Georgia region hard.

“I hope we’re going to be a big part of turning Albany around,” he said. “That’s the end point of our strategic plan.”

EDC Vice President Justin Strickland and Espy said in reports on the commission’s retention and renewal task forces that the two groups had discussed elements of the EDC’s strategic plan at meetings last month.