The Albany-Dougherty Economic Development Commission’s promotional video “We Are Albany” recently received platinum and gold recognition at the annual AVA awards. (Special photo)
ALBANY — Noting that ongoing Albany-Dougherty Economic Development Commission projects had continued “wide open” during the interim period since former president Ted Clem left the development agency, EDC board Chairman Jay Smith sang the praises of EDC staff at the commission’s monthly meeting Wednesday.
“We’re doing good things,” Smith said. “Things have not slowed down.”
The EDC chairman’s words came after meeting reports on the successful Georgia Quail Hunt hosted by the EDC recently, plans for the Economic Development Commission’s annual Albany-Dougherty Industry Celebration Week and recognition for a promotional video developed by the EDC.
Justin Strickland, who had served as vice president of the EDC under Clem, took over as the organization’s interim president on Feb. 3.
“The event went off without a hitch, which could not have happened without the great contingent of local volunteers who tell the stories of Albany,” Strickland said of the Georgia Quail Hunt. “We’ve heard from a number of people who said this is the best event we’ve had (in the 26 years of the hunt).”
Asked by board member Chad Warbington about the EDC’s financial investment in the Quail Hunt, Strickland said the agency budgets $25,000 for the event, $20,000 of which goes directly to the Georgia Chamber as sponsorship money.
“We’re the second-largest sponsor next to the Georgia Allies, but our $20,000 is only about a 10th of the budget for the Quail Hunt,” Strickland said.
EDC staff member Barbara Rivera Holmes told the board that the “We Are Albany” promotional video created by the EDC with Lattimer Communications had received platinum and gold honors at the 2014 international AVA (Adiovisual Arts) awards competition.
Holmes said in a news release the two-minute video had received a platinum award for creativity and videography and a gold award in the Web/travel video category.
Holmes also told the board Wednesday one of the highlights of the EDC’s Industry Celebration Week will be the annual recognition of local industries at an awards breakfast. The celebration is planned April 14-18.
Asked by board member B.J. Fletcher if the EDC couldn’t better share its “feel-good good news” with the public to “help erase some of the negative feelings about the community,” Strickland said, “There’s a plan of attack for that that we’ll start seeing in the next few weeks.”
“People here are ready to hear the good,” Fletcher said.