Technology wins Albany a national honor

Community and Economic Development workers stand in front of the Micro Business Enterprise Center on Jackson Street. / Courtesy DCED

Albany's Department of Community and Economic Development is getting national recognition for the second year in a row.

The department has been awarded the 2012 "John A. Sasso National Community Development Week" award.

The honor is given to cities that set the standard in administering federally supported programs within the community.

Albany officials used technology to set themselves apart from the rest of the nation.

Community and Economic Development officials turned to YouTube to broadcast meetings.

They say by doing this, they can reach people inside their homes.

"There's really a broad audience of people that we reach out to. Not only the people that we serve directly, but people of different walks of life throughout the community that may not realize the impact that these programs have on a community as a whole," says Jonathan Tomko, Community Development Planner.

Jacksonville, Florida and Columbia, South Carolina are also among this year's award recipients.