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      Economic Development Commission works to make area premiere business location

      EDC President Ted Clem made a presentation to the Dougherty County Commission Monday morning. / Ashley Knight

      The Economic Development Commission is working to make Albany and Dougherty County a premiere location for businesses.

      EDC President Ted Clem made a presentation to the Dougherty County Commission Monday.

      In that presentation, it was announced that in the last year there have been 478 jobs created in the area. That's primarily due to the new Olive Garden and the Teleperformance call center in the Albany Publix shopping center.

      In their five year strategic plan, the EDC will stress the three R's = Recruitment, Retention and Renewal. To accomplish that, they will work to better brand and market the area to potential businesses.

      During their strategic planning meetings, it was realized that a negative that businesses might see about the area is racial and socio-economic issues. The EDC plans to promote racial healing. The group's next step will be creating a framework for their strategic plan and presenting it to the community.

      Stay connected to MySouthWestGA.com as the story develops and the FOX 31 Newscast at 10 PM.
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