By Albany City Commissioner Jon Howard, Ward 1
By Correcia J. Edmondson
Albany City Commissioner Jon Howard, Ward 1
The 2020 year is just around the corner. We as elected officials have some challenges ahead of us in the coming year(s). Local government must partnership with local stakeholders and address systemic problems in our city. For examples, generational poverty, crime, high school dropouts, unskilled workers, mental illness, and develop a plan of action for the millennial generation.
All elected and appointed officials and stakeholders must sit down and develop a comprehensive economic development strategy and bring together public and private doctors in the creation of an economic roadmap to diversity and strengthen our city economy. Also, a comprehensive plan(s) and community-based planning process that draws on the general public, stakeholders, experts and others to plan for future development of our city and surrounding areas.
Correcia J. Edmondson
First, congratulations to the Southwest Georgian newspaper for serving the various media needs of Albany, GA, and surrounding communities for so many years.
Asked to describe how I envision the future of Albany, Dougherty County, I first share what I have observed. There has been a
conscious effort to ensure gainful employment opportunities within the municipality itself, federal and state government facilities located here, and various private industry companies including locally owned businesses. Further, educational and training opportunities via Dougherty County Public School System and various private schools, Albany State University, Albany Technical College, Troy University, and Turner Job Corps Center have been made available to help citizens and neighboring community citizens acquire the knowledge, skills, and abilities to secure gainful employment. This helps chart labor force and economic growth for our area.
Our city needs the contribution of the faith-based community as a body of consultants to offer wise counsel and a sense of stability for our community. It is important to maintain such relationships.
Finally, I envision diversity in our community and equally diverse government leadership to adequately represent all who make up Albany, Dougherty County. Let us embrace, not sabotage, economic growth opportunities; let us support competent leadership; and let us build and maintain good community relationships to remain “The Good-life City” in the future.