Albany Leaders to Discuss the State of the Community

Barbara Kieker

Monday, August 25th, 2014

On Aug. 28, Albany Mayor Dorothy Hubbard, Dougherty County Commission Chairman Jeff "Bodine" Sinyard and Dougherty County School System Superintendent of Schools Dr. David "Butch" Mosely will give their perspectives on the "State of the Community."  The lunch event, which is being held by the Albany Area Chamber of Commerce but is open to all members of the community, will be held from 11:30 to 1:00 at the Kirkland Conference Center at Albany Technical College.  Tickets cost $25 for Chamber members and $30 for non-members.

"The State of the Community event is really the brainchild of our Chamber President and CEO Chris Hardy," said Rachelle Bitterman, director of communications at the Albany Area Chamber of Commerce.

"We want to give our members the opportunity to hear firsthand in an intimate setting what our leaders have to say." 

The State of the Community event dovetails with the ongoing There's Only One Albany campaign by the Albany Dougherty Economic Development Commission.  The goal of the ADEDC campaign is to build pride in the community among residents who are often swayed by mixed messages they receive second- or third-hand about the community. 

Chambers members were invited to the event by a mailed invitation and by email.  Approximately 150 members have accepted the invitation to date.  According to Bitterman, many Chamber members are mom-and-pop storeowners who may find it difficult to get away for a lunch event. 

"Our original intention was to have the State of the Community event in the evening but this was the only time we were able to schedule all three community leaders," Bitterman said. 

Tickets are still available for the August 28th event. To register for the State of the Community event online, visit the Chamber website at

About Barbara Kieker

Barbara Kieker is a freelance writer who writes on business-related topics for a number of web-based properties. She also provides communications services to Fortune 500 corporations, small businesses and nonprofit organizations.