EDC to host its annual Industry Celebration Week

The Albany Dougherty Economic Development Commission will host a series of events to honor area industries

ALBANY — The Albany Dougherty County Economic Development Commission will hosts it’s annual Industry Celebration Week next week with a series of events to honor and thank the area’s industries.

The week will kick off Monday with the EDC honoring two long time Albany Industries which are celebrating significant anniversaries this year. Mars Chocolate North America is celebrating it’s 50th year in Albany while Sasco Chemical Group celebrates 65 years.

“It’s a nice way to start off industry week to honor long time industries,” said Barbara Rivera Holmes, marketing director for the EDC. “It shows the value of existing businesses to the community.”

Tuesday, Day Two of the celebration week, will see the release of the EDC’s second promotional video, which follows the group’s “We Are Albany” video that released last fall, showcasing the community as a whole.

Perhaps the biggest and most prominent event of the week will take place Wednesday morning when the EDC will honor area industries at it’s annual Industry Awards breakfast, where four existing companies will be honored.

Award winners are chosen by a subcommittee of the EDC’s retention committee, made up of leaders from all of the EDC’s different partners in the community. Nomination forms were sent out and the subcommittee has reviewed each nomination, which typically includes a narrative from each industry, before making a final decision about winners.

The EDC presents four different awards, highlighting different aspects of what makes each industry not only successful but important, including the Global Commerce Award, the Excellence in Innovation Award, the Economic Impact Award and the Corporate Community Citizenship Award.

Past recipients of the Global Commerce Award, which showcases industries engaged in global business, include Sasco, Pfizer and Thrush Aircraft.

The Excellence in Innovation Award, which showcases companies that have made significant contributions in the areas of innovative practices, workforce innovation and breakthrough technologies, has been awarded in the past to MillerCoors, Maintenance Center Albany, Lawson Industries and Central Monitoring.

Procter and Gamble, Phoebe Putney Health Systems, MCLB-Albany and Equinox Chemical Co., are among the past winners of the Economic Impact Award, which honors companies that invested in or had considerable impact on the community economically.

The last award that will be presented is the Corporate Community Citizenship Award, given to industries that have contributed significantly, through volunteer hours involvement, educational partnerships, civic involvement and fund raising, to the community.

Past winners of this award include Mars Chocolate North America, Gerdau Long Steel NA, MillerCoors and Procter and Gamble.

In presenting the awards and hosting the entire week of celebration, Rivera Holmes said, the EDC is able to publicly recognize the industries that are the lifeblood of the community.

“It’s such an honor to be able to recognize the incredible work that our existing industries are doing, that our citizens are providing,” said Rivera Holmes. “They’re innovators in their areas, they’re community partners, they’re creating jobs, supporting families, so it’s just so important that we say thank you for all of those contributions and that we honor them and their employees. Everybody likes a good thank you, especially when it’s deserved.”

The award breakfast will be held Wednesday at 7:30 a.m. at Merry Acres Event Center and anyone interested in attending can still register at either, albanyga.com or by calling the EDC at (229) 434-8700.

Capping off the celebration week on Thursday, the EDC and will host leaders from the last three years of award winning companies at a private golf outing designed as thank you those companies.

“One of things we definitely need , we have to have strong supporters in our community,” said Rivera Holmes. “Think of how often we lean on our industries for support for things. They need to feel that they are a valuable part of the community. They deserve to be celebrated every day of the year and we have ways to do that, but this is a very outward public, community-wide effort of saying thank you.”