Albany Chamber celebrates local industry at breakfast

The Albany Area Chamber of Commerce celebrated local industry at the chamber's Rise n' Shine Breakfast on Wednesday. / Doug Reardon

The Albany Area Chamber of Commerce held its Industry Celebration Rise n' Shine Breakfast on Wednesday.

The purpose of the breakfast was to recognize local industries for their contributions to the community and its economy.

Throughout the event, held at the Merry Acres Event Center, local industries were recognized with awards like Global Commerce, Excellence in Innovation, Economic Impact, and the Good Life City Award â" which represents outstanding achievement in corporate community citizenship.

Albany Mayor Dorothy Hubbard said the area can't lose sight of the importance of industry, which was essentially what the event was all about.

"We could not survive without the industry that we have here and we just wanted to let them know how much we appreciate having them here - and that we want to keep them here," said Hubbard.

"So we also are asking the question: what can we do to make sure that you stay here or if there are opportunities for improving or increasing you numbers here, what can we do to help you?"

At the event, the Albany-Dougherty Economic Development Commission also previewed their new video, "Made in Albany," a showcase of local industry.

This afternoon the ADEDC held a commission meeting to recap today's awards and winners which included the following;

Coats & Clark â" Global Commerce Award

Better Brands of South Georgia â" Economic Impact Award

Outdoor Network â" Excellence in Innovation

Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital â" Good Life City Award

The ADEDC also recognized Mars Chocolate for being in the community for 50 years as well as SASCO Chemical group for 66 years of service.