seat of Dougherty
County, serves as southwest Georgia's
primary economic, cultural and transportation hub.
It is located 145 miles south of booming Atlanta
and lies at the head of the Flint River. The city has quick access to the markets of
Georgia, along with accessibility to global markets
through Atlanta, making it the primary trade center
for the Southeast region. Determined to retain
its small town charm and quality of living, Albany
also enjoys the amenities of a metropolitan area.
1998, Albany was rated by Money Magazine as 'the most
livable city in Georgia'. Located in the Plantation
Trace region, yesterday's cotton and indigo
plantations have been converted into quail-hunting
it is known as the 'Quail Hunting Capital of the
forestry and farming are still a large part
of Albany, the city also boasts a
diversified industrial economy, being home to large firms
such as Cooper Tire, Merck Pharmaceuticals and Proctor
and Gamble. The Marine
Corps Logistic Base (MCLB) is also stationed
here, and the Defense
Industry thrives in Albany. The
Data Processing and Communication Industries are
discovering the city, along with the Auto Parts and
Transportation Equipment manufacturing
companies. Five interstates are accessible
through four lane highways that extend from Albany,
making overnight trucking service possible as far west
as Texas and as far north as Pennsylvania, allowing
Albany to be a prime location for manufacturing and
Economic Development Commission offers many
unique tax incentives to incoming businesses, as does
the state of Georgia itself. The Federal
Government has designated Albany to be an Enterprise
Community, meaning that employers in chief Enterprise
Zones are eligible for even more tax incentives.
The state of Georgia is creating more jobs than any
other state except Florida, and Dougherty County
and Albany are reaping the rewards.
population of almost 77,000 (census 2000) enjoys
an outstanding educational system. Dougherty
County itself has SAT and ACT scores ranging in
the top 10 percent statewide, and its elementary,
middle and high schools are accredited by the Southern
Association of Colleges and Schools.
Dougherty County School
System is the first in Georgia to implement
Networking Academy Program, a partnership with the
Cisco Corporation that provides students with
education in the computer-networking field.
State University, Darton
College and Albany
Technical College are all located here.
Albany Tech offers a Quick Start program, which aids
new industries coming into the area, by designing
training programs for its employees, ensuring that
they will be completely prepared for their jobs
when the facility opens. This is usually offered
at no cost, and is partially the reason for the vast
growth of industries in Albany. Turner
Job Corps Center also serves the area, offering
one of the most comprehensive and effective job
training programs available.
with being a wonderful place to learn and to work,
Albany GA is a great place to play. Recreational
activities abound here, with two racetracks, U.S.19
Dragway and the Albany
Motor Speedway, nationally acclaimed golf courses that
are often hosts to tournaments, and The
Parks at Chehaw, a 100-acre wild animal park.
The new Flint
RiverQuarium provides a one-of-a-kind
adventure featuring a unique blue hole spring and more
than 100 mysterious creatures.
The RiverQuarium has quickly become the place
to have fun and learn.
The Flint RiverQuarium tells the fascinating
story of the Flint River and the mysterious blue-hole
springs that help create it. The 175,000 gallon, 22
foot deep, open-air RiverQuarium Blue Hole is filled
with the fish, reptiles and plants found in the Flint
River's ecosystem. The RiverQuarium also has an
IWERKS Imagination Theater. Turtle
Grove Riverfront Park is only steps away from the
RiverQuarium featuring large ceramic turtles, swing,
slides and a fantastic playground.
The Albany Symphony,
southwest Georgia's only professional symphony, performs
at the Albany Municipal Auditorium. The Ritz
Cultural Center offers many youth programs to
allow the children of Albany to explore the arts.
Theatre Albany runs
five major productions during its season as well as
holding children's theater and summer youth workshops during
off-season. The Albany Ballet Theater and the
Albany Chorale are two more examples of the culture
that flourishes here.
is preserved in Albany through the Thronateeksa
Heritage Center at Union Station, which
houses the Museum of Albany and Southwest Georgia
History along with a Science Discovery Center and a
Planetarium. The Albany
Museum of Art is boasts
the largest collection of African art objects in the
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