Albany businessman earns Jefferson Award for commitment to bettering Albany

Albany businessman earns Jefferson Award for commitment to bettering Albany.

FOX 31 continues to honor our local heroes with the Jefferson Awards.

The Jefferson Award is the nation's longest standing and most prestigious organization dedicated to celebrating public service

The most recent recipient is Jud Savelle for his involvement in various organizations. His goal with his involvement is to make Albany a better place.

Savelle plans to do this by developing future leaders through Leadership Albany. Savelle says, "Leadership Albany is a leadership development program for citizens in the Albany area."

As the chair of the program Savelle explains how it works, "Each year, a 9 month program takes participants through different aspects of our community...we're hoping to educate them more on our strengths in Albany, our weaknesses, opportunities."

Every year, Savelle says they look for a diverse group of leaders to hone their leadership skills.

The group also learns how those skills can help enhance the area. Savelle's direction has impacted many including Zandrea Waldon.

Waldon says,"Jud is an awesome leader...he's able to communicate a vision and to really make sure that everyone in the room is able to capture that vision and understands their role on supporting that vision."

In addition to his work with Leadership Albany. He's very involved with the Salvation Army.

He says, "We serve a very important function of housing and feeding a population in Albany that otherwise might not have those basic necessities."

He hopes through his work he'll leave Albany better than he found it.

Savelle says, "I've enjoyed serving these organizations both of them because i think they both help Albany become a better place for its’ residents, its’ businesses. "

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