• SGMC Launches 10K Mask Challenge

    July 15, 2020

    South Georgia Medical Center’s “10K Mask Challenge” fundraising appeal, led by the SGMC Foundation, starts today. The appeal seeks to raise enough funds to purchase 10,000 reusable cloth masks and distribute them to community members in need.

  • Georgia Lottery Raises a Record $1.23B for HOPE and Pre-K

    July 15, 2020

    The Georgia Lottery Corp. today announced that fiscal year 2020 profits transferred to the State Treasury’s Lottery for Education Account amount to a record $1,237,345,246. This brings the total raised for education in the Georgia Lottery’s 27-year history to more than $22.3 billion.

  • SBDC Helps Manufacturer Keep Business in Operation

    July 14, 2020

    When COVID-19 forced Peerless Manufacturing in southwest Georgia to shut down in March, employees had no way to know how long they might be out of work. It might have been for good.

  • CSU’s Leadership Institute Moves Forum 2020 to Virtual Format

    July 10, 2020

    Plans for The Forum, originally scheduled as an in-person event Aug. 24-25, 2020, have been updated. The event, hosted by the Leadership Institute at Columbus State University, will now be hosted online from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. each day the week of Aug. 24-28. The week-long virtual event will feature a blend of new addresses and recorded presentations, including some of its “greatest hits” from the past 14 years.

  • Georgia Small Business Leaders Call for Community Support of Local Businesses

    July 10, 2020

    As Georgia small business owners and members of The National Small Business Association (NSBA) Leadership Council, we are urging all citizens of Georgia to be vigilant in supporting our community small businesses which are reeling from the impacts of COVID-19 and now widespread riots.

  • City Inspections Department hits its Highest Year for Permits in 2020

    July 09, 2020

    The City of Valdosta continues to grow and develop in the midst of the COVID-19 Pandemic. A sign of this growth comes directly from the Inspection Department, as they reached the highest number of permits issued as of June. With 8,000 permits already issued the city has passed all previous years on record.

  • GDOT Seeks Public Input for Draft Statewide Transit Plan, with Emphasis on Rural Communities

    July 09, 2020

    The Georgia Department of Transportation is seeking public input on the results and recommendations of the draft Statewide Transit Plan until July 30th. The SWTRP is a result of a comprehensive review of Georgia's public transit needs that charts the future direction of transit programs, aiming to improve access and mobility for all Georgians.

  • Georgia Council for the Arts Awards 148 Grants to Arts Organizations

    July 09, 2020

    The Georgia Council for the Arts (GCA), a division of the Georgia Department of Economic Development, today announced the recipients of its Partner, Project and Arts Education grants as part of its initial disbursement of grants for fiscal year 2021.

  • Eric Tanenblatt: To Heal America, Look to National Service

    July 08, 2020

    Massive demonstrations and unrest stretching from America’s biggest cities to its smallest towns, a pandemic that’s already claimed the lives of more than 130,000 and a sputtering economy that’s displaced upwards of 21 million workers: By any measure, America is in a crisis.

  • Governor Launches "Safety Promise" Campaign to Urge Georgians to Heed Public Health Guidance

    July 07, 2020

    Governor Brian Kemp introduced the Georgia Safety Promise, a safety campaign to remind Georgia businesses and the public of the importance of following COVID-19 safety guidelines by agreeing to simple - yet critical - measures that help protect Georgians from COVID-19, minimize spread of the virus, and keep Georgia open for business.

  • Chris Clark: What You Can Do As COVID-19 Continues

    July 06, 2020

    Political pundits and healthcare researchers can argue second wave or simply a continuation of the original COVID-19 pandemic. However, the fact remains that the virus which hit us so hard in the spring continues to be a potent force as we head into the summer months.

  • Georgia Lenders Funnel $14.3B to Small Businesses

    July 06, 2020

    Lenders across Georgia helped over 152,000 small businesses receive loans totaling more than $14.3 billion through the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), according to the U.S. Small Business Administration.

  • CEO Confidence Improved in Q2 2020

    July 06, 2020

    The Conference Board Measure of CEO Confidence™, which declined to 34 in the first quarter of 2020, increased to a reading of 44 in the second quarter.

  • SGMC Celebrates 65 Years of Service to Region

    July 01, 2020

    July 1st will mark the 65th anniversary of South Georgia Medical Center. What opened as a 100-bed hospital in 1955 has grown into the regional health system known today with a combined licensed bed capacity of 480.

  • COVID-19 and Georgia: Fiscal Research Center Report Estimates the Pandemic’s Economic Impact

    July 01, 2020

    In the space of a month, from mid-March to mid-April, the COVID-19 pandemic had already taken a tragic human toll and created unprecedented economic decline. The United States saw businesses close their doors as shelter-in-place orders continued across the country.

  • 36.8 Million Americans Still Expected to Hit the Road for Fourth of July

    July 01, 2020

    Using data from its widely-adopted Daily Travel Index, travel data company Arrivalist is predicting that Americans will take 36.8 million road trips over the Fourth of July weekend, making Independence Day the biggest road trip event so far this year.

  • Valdosta Youth Council Completes Productive Fifth Year

    June 30, 2020

    The 32-member Valdosta Youth Council (VYC), Initiated by former Mayor John Gayle in 2015, successfully completed the 2019-2020 academic year with a variety of accomplishments.

  • Hawks to Transform State Farm Arena into 'Georgia’s Largest-ever Voting Precinct'

    June 30, 2020

    Fulton County is partnering with the Atlanta Hawks to create Georgia’s largest-ever voting precinct at State Farm Arena, starting with early voting on July 20 for the Georgia General Primary Runoff Election on August 11th

  • Entrepreneurs Encouraged to Apply for the PPP Program Before the June 30th Deadline- “Recovery Now in Cities Across Georgia"

    June 29, 2020

    During these past few months since the outbreak of the Covid-19 Pandemic, I've gained an astounding confirmation at roundtables, virtual townhalls, radio interviews, hundreds of phone calls, and emails, that the key component to the success of the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) is due to the significant level of local participation, local and federal collaboration, and support at the community level.

  • USDA Sending $12.5 Million to Georgia for Rural Broadband

    June 29, 2020

    Broadband deployment efforts by SyncGlobal and Carroll Electric Membership Cooperative are coming together with the announcement of USDA/RUS grant money awarded for the region.

  • Corsica Technologies: Remote Work is the New Normal. Here’s How to Embrace It.

    June 29, 2020

    Although many industries have been forced to quickly pivot to a remote workforce due to COVID-19, the shift is not a new one. Over the last five years remote work has seen a 44% growth, over the last decade that number is 91%. Whether recent circumstances forced your business to transition to a remote workforce or it was already in the works, it’s vital that you fully embrace the change if you want to be successful. Here’s how.

  • SGMC Partners with Mercer to Offer Residency Programs

    June 26, 2020

    South Georgia Medical Center (SGMC) and Mercer University School of Medicine (MUSM) announced a partnership that will bring internal medicine and emergency medicine residency programs to Valdosta.

  • Georgia Processes More Claims in 14 Weeks Than in the Past Seven Years

    June 26, 2020

    The Georgia Department of Labor (GDOL) announced today they have processed over 2.7 million regular UI initial claims in the past 14 weeks, more than the last seven years combined.

  • Kemp, Duncan, Ralston Encourage Passage of COVID-19 Economic Relief Package

    June 26, 2020

    Governor Brian P. Kemp, Lieutenant Governor Duncan, and Speaker David Ralston expressed their support of the passage of an economic relief package for businesses in the wake of COVID-19.

  • South GeorgiaLEADS Opens Recruitment for Fifth Year

    June 25, 2020

    South GeorgiaLEADS opens recruitment for the 2020-2021 cohort of its 21-county leadership development initiative. Dedicated to investing in the communities of South Georgia and strengthening the leadership capacity of the region, South GeorgiaLEADS (SGL) seeks participants from diverse perspectives and backgrounds who share a common vision of improving the economic vitality of the region.