Chris Clark: 29th Annual Georgia Quail Hunt a Great Success
Thursday, March 9th, 2017
In recent weeks, we closed the books on our 29th annual Georgia Quail Hunt, an event that began in 1988 with the vision and partnership between many Albany and Southwest Georgia business and community leaders and business leaders with the Georgia Chamber and Georgia Department of Economic Development. This important economic development marketing event is now co-sponsored by the Georgia Chamber of Commerce, Georgia Allies, the Albany-Dougherty Economic Development Commission, and Locate South Georgia. After almost 30 years, the model still works well – bringing decision makers from global companies considering future investment in Georgia to a unique and beautiful part of the world and of our state, Albany and Southwest Georgia, for three days of Southern hospitality and quail hunting on some of the finest hunting plantations in the world.
This year the Hunt brought 20 such decision-makers to Albany February 8-10 – the difference this year was that Southwest Georgia had been hit with two catastrophic tornadoes back-to-back in January. Our guests heard from Georgia Governor Nathan Deal, Georgia Lieutenant Governor Casey Cagle and many Georgia business leaders about why Georgia has been named, for the fourth year in a row, the No. 1 state in the nation for business, while also experiencing firsthand the spirit of a resilient region that is committed to rebuilding stronger and better with the dedication of many local industries and leadership. More than ever, I was proud to showcase the natural beauty and resources of Albany and Southwest Georgia, as well as the people who call it home.
The guests attend the Hunt knowing they will experience world-class quail hunting and exceptional Southern home-cooked meals, but the true lasting impression comes from the people they meet and relationships formed during the Hunt. The event’s success is directly attributed to the partners and volunteers who are dedicated to creating such a memorable experience.
The Georgia Chamber and Georgia Allies recognize and thank the Albany-Dougherty Economic Development Commission, Locate South Georgia and members of the Albany Area Steering Committee, each of which played a pivotal role in this year’s event. With the support of our partners and many local volunteers, the Georgia Quail Hunt is certain to continue to attract and grow business in our state.
Chris Clark is the President and CEO of the Georgia Chamber of Commerce.