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      New Downtown Manager begins work on Monday

      Blair will join ADICA and begin work on Downtown Albany on Monday, Oct. 11

      It didn't take long after an offer for the Albany-Dougherty Inner City Authority to find itself a new Downtown Manager and Director: Aaron Blair.

      "He accepted it immediately and we're looking forward to working with him," says ADICA Chairman Andrew Reid.

      At Wednesday's ADICA meeting, Aaron Blair's appointment was unanimously accepted.

      Blair is taking no time at all to begin work. On Monday â" ten days after he received and accepted the offer â" Blair will report to his new office. He and his family of a wife and two kids have already made a pit stop in Albany to shop for houses and attend the International Fair.

      "They've gotten to know our community. They are pleased with what they've seen. He's going to be a great addition," says Interim Director James Taylor.

      Reid has played a role in the interview process and has spoke with Blair on numerous occasions.

      "I think he'll work out very well here. I think he'll fit in well with the community. He has the personality to do so and he has the background to do so also," says Reid.

      It's been over a year since Albany had a downtown manager. Come Monday, Aaron Blair will be filling that empty seat. Taylor says after speaking with Blair, he feels the new Downtown Manager is fired up and has great visions for the city.

      "We haven't pushed him very hard yet. We want to get him here, give him a more detailed look at the city, let him meet his board and let him meet the staff he's going to be working with in more detail and give him some time to get the lay of the land," says Taylor.

      ADICA members are planning an occasion outside of work to give Blair a chance to get to know everyone.

      "We don't want to bring him in and beat up on him the first day. We're going to have something off site and just have some normal conversation," says Reid.

      Soon after he arrives, the board says to expect some changes to come to Downtown Albany.

      "Albany is a new and different place; it's not like Naples, Florida. So give it some time and I think he's going to be a great addition to our community," says Taylor.

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