June 2015 Features

  • ASU Research Pours Almost $60 Million into Local, Regional Economy

    June 30, 2015

    Albany State University continues to make its presence known with the millions of dollars that it pumps into the local and regional area. The university had more than $59 million in research grants flow into the Albany and Southwest Georgia economy over the last several years.

  • Phoebe Graduates 100th Physician from Family Residency Program

    June 29, 2015

    Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital graduated six resident physicians from the Southwest Georgia Family Medicine Residency Program on Saturday. This year’s graduation included a momentous occasion – the 100th graduate, St. Claire Gitau, MD, received her diploma through the prestigious program and was recognized by Joel Wernick, President and CEO, Phoebe Putney Health Systems.

  • Mars Chocolate North America Expands in Albany, Adding 20 Jobs

    June 25, 2015

    The Albany-Dougherty Economic Development Commission announced Wednesday that Mars Chocolate North America will add production at its Albany facility and create 20 jobs, bringing the food manufacturer’s total employment to nearly 200.

  • Phoebe to Welcome Georgia Chamber President Chris Clark & Five New Residents Today

    June 24, 2015

    Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital introduces five new resident physicians each year to the Southwest Georgia Family Medicine Residency Program at an annual welcoming ceremony, scheduled for today at 2 p.m. in the Wetherbee Lobby of the hospital’s main campus. The keynote speaker for this year’s ceremony is Chris Clark of Atlanta, President and CEO of the Georgia Chamber of Commerce.

  • The Institute for Leadership Development Program Cultivates Leaders for Albany’s Future

    June 22, 2015

    The Albany Area Chamber of Commerce, assisted by its Leadership Development Committee, has built an impressive program designed to train young professionals, build higher business standards, and improve community involvement. The Institute for Leadership Development kicked off its first program in August of 2014 and was implemented to facilitate community and Chamber involvement and teach a range of skills participants could utilize in the work place.

  • Georgia’s Unemployment Rate Up Slightly to 6.3% in May

    June 18, 2015

    The Georgia Department of Labor announced today that the state’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in May was 6.3 percent, up one-tenth of a percentage point from a revised 6.2 percent in April.

  • 5 Tips to Get Higher Email Open Rates on Mobile

    June 18, 2015

  • What Not to Do When Using Internet on the Go

    June 17, 2015

    For many people, work equals lots of travel. When you’re on the road, you’re at the mercy of public WiFi networks, which means security threats and unpredictable Internet browsing speeds.

  • Phoebe Putney Celebrates Father’s Day Weekend By Honoring Fathers & Their Roles

    June 15, 2015

    Community leaders will honor and support middle school boys whose fathers are absent from their lives at a special lunch Friday, June 19, and Phoebe Putney provides a men’s health extravaganza Saturday, June 20, to help dad live a healthy life for years to come!

  • Smart Solutions: Redesigning the Open Door in the Age of Entrepreneurship

    June 12, 2015

    Texting and social media have made the open door policy an old door that needs to be closed. It is obsolete. You don’t need people in your office all day long. Nowadays, you can keep the pulse on your organization with just your iPhone. The open door policy, as we knew it, no longer makes sense.

  • 6 Tools You Could Be Using to Make Your Business Better

    June 10, 2015

    We all know the standard tools that make a business run like it should. An accountant and bookkeeping system, inventory or project management software along with phones and computers to get things done. However, there are a few lesser known types of tools that, when implemented, can make a major impact on your business and its bottom line.

  • Focus on Members Drives Growth at DOCO Credit Union

    June 08, 2015

    Member growth at DOCO Credit Union was just shy of 5 percent in 2014, according to CEO Barry Heape, and that's well above the national average for credit unions. Heape attributes the performance to the fact that "customer service is still king" at the credit union.

  • Southwest Georgia Honors 40 Under Forty Recipients

    June 05, 2015

    Southwest Georgia was celebrated Thursday as its most promising young business leaders gathered to be honored at the eighth annual 40 Under Forty luncheon, hosted by The Albany Area Chamber of Commerce as well as The Albany Herald.

  • Cliff Oxford: How Joe's BBQ Got Ranked the Best BBQ in the Country

    June 03, 2015

    TripAdvisor.com, based in Newton, MA announced last Wednesday that Joe’s BBQ in Blue Ridge, GA was the best BBQ restaurant in the country. That’s big news here in the South, but it went national fast. Major media like CNN, Huffington Post and Fox News poured fuel on the story by repeating it over and over.

  • New Distribution Center Bolsters the Albany Logistics Story

    June 02, 2015

    WebstaurantStore, an online retailer of restaurant supplies and equipment, announced it plans to open its newest distribution and fulfillment center in an existing 472,000-square-foot facility in Albany earlier this year. The move represents an investment of $10 million over the next three years and will create 150 jobs. Hiring is expected to begin in December.

  • Sheriff Sproul on The Challenge of Mental Illness

    June 01, 2015

    Illness is a fact of life. Every organ in the body is vulnerable, even the brain. Although we have made incredible advancements in medicine with regards to dealing with physical illness, the progress towards effective treatment of mental illness has been slower. This issue is especially poignant for law enforcement. The Dougherty County Sheriff’s Office deals on a daily basis with subjects who are victims of mental illness.