Albany and Dougherty County remain as the main trade center and hub of southwest Georgia. The present day economy now revolves around manufacturing and small businesses. Already home to P&G, Mars, Miller Coors, and the Marine Corps Logistics Base, Dougherty County is a top contender for new businesses.
Dougherty County is a great choice if you are looking to get out of the urban environment in Atlanta, and find cheaper real estate, and a more affordable workforce. The community also offers a high quality of life, a top notch higher education system and the ability to train a workforce through Albany Technical College, Albany State University and Darton State College.
Streetscape projects have revitalized, much of the facades in downtown Albany in recent years. The area boasts several quality-of-life amenities within walking distance the Flint RiverQuarium, Riverfront Park, Turtle Grove Play Park, the Thronateeska Heritage Center, the Wetherbee Planetarium and the Albany Civil Rights Institute. If you like wildlife, you can visit Chehaw Park an AZA-accredited zoo that features a Creekside Education Center, a BMX bike track and a Children's Play Park and there are seventy-four other parks within the city and county as well as gyms and centers for recreation.
Albany and Dougherty County are also rich with talent from the area including athletes Alice Coachmen and Nancy Lopez, restraunteers Paula Deen and her sons Bobby and Jamie all hail from the good life city and there's bound to be many more following in their footsteps. However, a visit to Albany and Dougherty County would not be complete, without grooving to the sounds of famous musician Ray Charles at Ray Charles Plaza in downtown Albany. When you stop by and visit Dougherty County, you'll see it's the friendly and diverse locals who really put the "good" in Good Life City.