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      40 under 40 celebrates young professionals

      Business and community leaders gathered Thursday at noon to celebrate young leaders in the area under the age of 40.

      Business and community leaders gathered Thursday at noon to celebrate young leaders in the area under the age of 40.

      The annual 40 Under 40 celebration took place at the Stonebridge Golf & Country Club. The event is sponsored by the Albany Herald and the Albany Area Chamber of Commerce.

      Kristel Baranko, a professor at Albany Technical College, is one of 40 who was recognized and says it's an honor for her.

      "It really just means that people in the community have recognized that we are here and putting our stamp on Southwest Georgia and developing systems and initiatives to make it a better place to live and work," Baranko said.

      The event began several years ago by young professionals at Emerge Albany who wanted to recognize their peers.

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