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      Albany downtown manager speaks at 'Lunch with Leaders' event

      Blair speaks to a group at the Albany Welcome Center Tuesday

      Albany Downtown Manager Aaron Blair spoke about future changes downtown at Tuesday's "Lunch with Leaders".

      Blair gave a short presentation on the changes including incentives for businesses that move downtown like one called the 'retail incubator program'.

      "Basically it's a program that allows small businesses to get involved and helps them get started for the first 18 months. It'll help subsidize some of their rent, as long as they're approved in the program, as long as they continually meet all the requirements that are set forth in that particular program," Said Blair.

      Blair announced that by this April, downtown will have 8 new businesses opening.

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