Albany-Dougherty EDC hands out industry awards

The Albany-Dougherty EDC handed out awards in three categories. / Sean Streicher

The winners of the 2013 Albany-Dougherty Economic Development Commission's industry awards were announced Wednesday morning at their rise and shine breakfast.

"These companies that are recognized today have been in Albany for decades they've made significant investments and continue to make investments in the community," said EDC President Ted Clem.

First up, the Economic Impact Award, this year's winner is Proctor and Gamble, a company that employs more than 700 people locally, has a net impact of $300 million dollars a year from their Albany plant, and creates 3.9 jobs outside the company for every one created inside.

"It means a lot to us, the bottom line is we've been here for 40 plus years and we have a great relationship with the leaders in this community," said Vince Falcione, P&G External Relations.

MillerCoors is proving they're good at more than making beer as they took home this year's excellence in innovation for their efforts in running a "green" plant.

Last but not least, The Good Life City Award for Community Citizenship, went to Mars Chocolate of North America.

"It's a great honor for us to be recognized, we've been in the community now for almost 50 years and it's great that we've had the opportunity to be a part of the community," said Kelvin Graham the Albany site director.

Mars is involved in the community in a laundry list of ways but they're most well known event would have to be the snickers marathon.

The EDC said honoring the area's industry leaders is an important step in growing the economy.

"We've recognized for quite some time that 80% of new job growth comes from existing companies, that's why we have a business retention program that's a part of the EDC," explains Clem.

The party didn't stop after the breakfast for the award winners, as celebration will continue at Thursday night's "Business After Hours".

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