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EDC's Strickland: We have great projects in the pipeline

Economic Development Commission given clean audit for FY 2014

The Albany-Dougherty Economic Development Commission closes out 2014 with the promise of a bright 2015.

Albany City Commission approves first step of incentive plan

Measure would allow city officials to offer early retirement incentives, reduce staff

The Albany City Commission approves a measure that will pave the way for planned staff cuts.

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Jeff Sinyard, Jack Stone honored during farewell gathering

Long-time public servants end careers that span more than 58 years

Friends and colleagues recognize long-time Dougherty County officials Jeff Sinyard and Jack Stone as they end their political careers.

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Dougherty County Commission OKs $5,000 reboot of student awareness program

County government, volunteers want to re-establish GCAPS program in local school system

Dougherty County commissioners OK a student awareness program and select volunteer board members during their final meeting of the year.

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PART II: Sinyard has been linchpin of local politics

Outgoing Dougherty Commission chairman has served community for 30 years

Jeff Sinyard has been at the center of major issues that have impacted the community over the past 30 years.

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PART I: Dougherty Commission Chair Jeff Sinyard set to end 30 years of public service

Local businessman has become Southwest Georgia's most passionate ambassador

Dougherty County Commission Chairman Jeff Sinyard will preside over his final commission meeting Monday.

Marine Corps Logistics Base Albany Youth and Teen Center closing Dec. 23

Budget cuts forcing closure of youth center at Albany Marine base

Youth and teen services will still be available to families attached to the base, but in different locations after the building shuts its doors, officials at MCLB-Albany said.

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Albany officials vote to loan WG&L $3.5 million from Deal-Closing Fund

Economic Development fund has $17.2 million set aside to stimulate job growth in community

An Albany City Commission committee votes to approve a $3.5 million loan to its utility authority for building improvements. The decisions must be approved by the Albany City Commission before they can go into effect.

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Lee County commissioners approve road resurfacing contract

Lee County Commissioner Ed Duffy attends his last regular meeting as a board member

Commissioners unanimously approved a request from County Manager Ron Rabun and Planning Director Matt Inman to accept a bid from Reeves Construction Co. for resurfacing more than six miles of roadway, including almost four miles on Lovers Lane, for $806,977. The project includes 1.05 miles of resurfacing on the Lee County portion of North Doublegate Road and 1.33 miles on James Pond Road.

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Albany City Commission moves proposed charter change forward

Amendment would allow Albany to expand utilities services outside city, county limits

Albany city officials take a close look at a proposed charter change that would impact the city’s utilities services.

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Albany City Manager Tom Berry: Incentives needed for staff reductions

Albany city officials looking ahead to $6 million shortfall that starts in 2018

Albany leaders look to prepare for life without Municipal Electric Authority of Georgia credits that end in 2018.

Dougherty County Administrator Richard Crowdis explains laptop costs

County official notes public response on vote to purchase 13 $5,000 computers

The Dougherty County administrator offers details about computer purchases approved by the County Commission.

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Dougherty County Commission to consider SPLOST reallocations for jail

Jail officials say new locking system is priority project at facility

The Dougherty County Commission is asked to reallocate SPLOST funding for a priority project at the county’s jail.

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Four Lee County leaders complete training

Moore, Inman, Hancock, Merritt graduate

The 2014 graduates from Lee County include Casey Moore, Leesburg city clerk; Matt Inman, Lee County Planning Department director; William Hancock of Webb properties and Jay Merritt of Meritt Insurance, Investments and Consulting.

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PDA approves bond issuance for P&G biomass plant

Albany Marine base expected to utilize steam energy created at $230 million plant

One of the final steps in the development of a biomass energy plant on the Procter & Gamble-Albany campus is approved by the local Payroll Development Authority.

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