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 | Published on 7/15/2016
Downtown Manager, City of Albany

As Albany’s Downtown Manager, Latoya Cutts strives every day to ensure her work makes a real difference and inspires real change in the community.


“The work I do is challenging, but it provides some of the most amazing opportunities to have a positive impact and to revitalize downtown Albany,” she says. She has served as Downtown Manager since September 2015, but has worked in economic development for more than 10 years.


Latoya is passionate about ideas, concepts, and strategies.  “I can’t stop thinking about the possibilities that could be a part of a new Downtown Albany,” says the Americus native. That tenacity is part of how she would like to be remembered, as a good person with a good heart, and a very focused and driven worker who was a part of real change.


Latoya and her husband, Dexter, have one son, Dakari, who is a mechanical engineering major at Georgia Institute of Technology. She loves to shop, so don’t be surprised if you run into her at TJMaxx on the weekend. Family and faith are rooted deeply in who she is.


“My daily prayer is to do God’s will, God’s work, God’s way. This keeps me grounded and it helps to pick me up when the road gets tough. I always remember that it’s not about me, but it’s all about doing the work he’s called me to do.”