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Albany Accepts GRAD Certification Award at Georgia Economic Development Conference.

Post Date:09/26/2019 11:17 AM

Albany, GA (September 24, 2019) – The City of Albany received a Georgia Ready for Accelerated Development (GRAD) program certification for 85 acres of undeveloped land on a southeast section of the Southwest Georgia Regional Airport.

This certification, during the recent Georgia Economic Development Conference, positions the airport land for fast-track development. The advantage of holding this certification allows the City to better compete for the attraction of additional or expanded business and industry at the airport. City of Albany Transportation Director, David Hamilton, stated “… the airport serves as an economic engine for the Southwest Georgia. By working to have this tract of land meet GRAD certification standards it will provide an excellent platform to market the site to business selection consultants as they work to secure sites for clients.”

To accomplish this certification, City staff was required to complete a number of pre-development tasks for the 85 acres that included a phase I environmental assessment, zoning designation, cultural and endangered species investigation and wetlands delineation. The City and its economic development partners will begin marketing the land to site selection consultants as GRAD certified property is highly sought by business and industry when looking to locate or expand operations.

For more information, please contact Monique Broughton Knight, Public Information Officer at mbroughton@albanyga.gov.

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