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Albany tackles self image issue to grow new industry

OUTLOOK 2014: EDC shows residents why they should love their city

An EDC task force discovers an Albany self-image problem and sets out to correct it.

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Albany City Commission must tackle a number of key issues in 2014

OUTLOOK 2014: Pay raises, insurance costs, city utility among priority issues for city leaders

Albany leaders go into 2014 with a number of vital issues prominent on their to-do list.

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2014 could be break-out year for Albany's downtown

OUTLOOK 2014: Ongoing, potential projects reason for optimism in Albany’s inner city

A number of projects and potential projects in downtown Albany has local officials planning for a significant 2014.

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Big projects coming at Marine Corps Logistics Base-Albany

OUTLOOK 2014: Albany Marine base continuing with green intiatives in 2014

A biomass project with Procter and Gamble are among the possible projects that are anticipated to get started this year at Marine Corps Logistics Base-Albany.

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Jeff Sinyard: Coming changes cannot detract from County Commission's focus

OUTLOOK 2014: Budget concerns, countywide efficiencies among vital issues facing Dougherty County government

With an election promising a significant shakeup of the county government, Dougherty leaders can’t look too far ahead.

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Outlook 2013: Ethnic restaurants beat survival odds

It takes hard work and a lot of hours to make it in the restaurant business, not to mention a full portion of good luck.

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Outlook 2013: Albany economy stable, facing challenges

Business column

When reviewing the economic prospects for the Albany area in 2013, they can be described as stable, but highly susceptible to market shocks. Referring to last year, despite seeing a Georgia economy finally growing at a faster rate than their regional counterparts, our area lagged. Despite Albany’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate falling from 10.1 percent to 9.5 percent over the last year, there was no net job growth in 2012.

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Outlook 2013: Deerfield looking to expand dual enrollment offerings with albany State University

Sherwood Christian set to begin an aggressive marketing campaign to increase the school’s enrollment.

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Outlook 2013: New tech trends to help raise tourism

The Albany Convention & Visitors Bureau uses application technology to bring tourists to the area.

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Outlook 2013: Mobile shoe store takes product to the people

The Mulford family would sell their soles to be the best shoe store in the area.

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Outlook 2013: Lee County seeks to improve fire rating

More firefighters and additional training are among the needs to reduce insurance rates for Lee residents.

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Outlook 2013: Hard work defines Prince success

John Prince III owns nine successful car dealerships in four South Georgia cities, including Albany.

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Outlook section included today

A special 10-page section includes numerous financial-related stories on metro Albany issues.

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U.S. employment report points to steady economic growth

U.S. job growth grew modestly in January and gains in the prior two months were bigger than initially reported, supporting views the economy's sluggish recovery was on track despite a surprise contraction in output in the final three months of 2012.

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Boehner: No progress in fiscal cliff talks

House Speaker John Boehner said Friday there has been no progress in negotiations to avert a "fiscal cliff" combination of automatic tax increases and spending cuts in January and called on President Barack Obama to produce a new offer.

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U.S. job gains defy Sandy and fears of fiscal cliff

The U.S. economy added a solid 146,000 jobs in November and the unemployment rate fell to 7.7 percent, the lowest since December 2008. The government said Superstorm Sandy had only a minimal effect on the figures.

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Slow growth foreseen for Albany MSA in 2013

Experts say economic recovery in Southwest Georgia will be hampered by a number of factors.

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Cash-strapped post office tests same-day delivery

Emboldened by rapid growth in e-commerce shipping, the cash-strapped U.S. Postal Service is moving aggressively this holiday season to start a premium service for the Internet shopper seeking the instant gratification of a store purchase: same-day package delivery.

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FDA probing if deaths were linked to energy shots

The Food and Drug Administration is investigating reports of 13 deaths possibly linked to so-called "energy shots" and cautioning consumers to talk to their doctors before they take them or other energy drinks.

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State unemployment rate drops to 8.7 percent

Georgia labor officials say the state's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate dropped to 8.7 percent in October, down from 9 percent in September