Albany is the hub of Southwest Georgia. Col. Nelson Tift of Connecticut settled on the banks of the Flint River in 1836 on the site that is now Albany.
It is the trade, retail and medical center for all of Southwest Georgia. The developmental highway system provides four-lane access to all major interstate highways, thus making Albany a transportation, trucking and distribution center. Albany also offers rail service, airline freight, and passenger and bus services.
Albany is the seat of Dougherty County government and the regional center for industry, business, retail sales, education, cultural activities, health care and news media. The greater Albany area includes seven primary counties — Baker, Calhoun, Dougherty, Lee, Mitchell, Terrell and Worth.
Designated as Georgia’s first five-star city in 1992, by then-Gov. Zell Miller, Albany is a community that offers the amenities of a large metropolitan area while maintaining its small-town warmth and friendliness. Vital information and tips to help newcomers become established can be found on the Albany Area Chamber of Commerce website at
www.albanyga.com and the Albany Convention and Visitors Bureau website at www.visitalbanyga.com.
Albany’s metropolitan statistical area is Dougherty, Lee, Baker, Terrell and Worth counties, equaling a population of more than 162,000.
ALBANY AREA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
The military community is an important part of the Albany Area Chamber of Commerce. The relationship dates back to 1948, when the president of the chamber assisted in the recruiting of a Marine Corps base for Albany. Members of the military community are always welcomed and encouraged to attend chamber functions and interact with the leadership of the region.
The chamber’s Military Affairs Committee works with base officials to ensure the base’s community role is recognized and to demonstrate the community’s appreciation for service members and their families who are assigned duty at the Marine base.
The chamber is here to serve the business community and to help businesses thrive. Marine Corps Logistics Base Albany is an important part of the business community. As Marines and their families live, work, shop and attend schools and churches in the area, they also become a part of Albany’s cultural and social framework.