• Georgia Chamber Awarded State Chamber of the Year

    July 20, 2017

    The Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives named the Georgia Chamber the 2017 State Chamber of Year at its annual convention in Nashville.

  • Georgia Lottery Transfers over $1.1B to Education; Record-breaking Fiscal Year

    July 19, 2017

    The Georgia Lottery Corp.’s annual fiscal year 2017 profit transfer to the State Treasury’s Lottery for Education Account has totaled $1,101,062,911, the largest on record, officials announced. This is the first time the Georgia Lottery has transferred over $1.1 billion in a single fiscal year.

  • Jay Prince Named Chairman of Georgia Automobile Dealers

    July 18, 2017

    Jay Prince of Prince Automotive of Valdosta is GADA's 2017-2018 Chairman. His term began on July 1st.

  • National Diving Championships Makes a Big Splash on Moultrie’s Economy

    July 17, 2017

    Located in the middle of Georgia’s agricultural hub sits one of the nation’s most prestigious diving centers. The Moose Moss Aquatic Center, home to the Diving Tigers, has been part of the Moultrie and Colquitt County landscape for more than 50 years.

  • Business Programs at VSU Named 2017’s Most Affordable

    July 13, 2017

    Valdosta State University has been recognized on a national level for offering an exceptional online business education at an affordable price.

  • Film Industry Generates $9.5 Billion for Georgia’s Economy

    July 11, 2017

    Gov. Nathan Deal announced that Georgia-lensed feature film and television productions generated an economic impact of $9.5 billion during FY 2017. The 320 feature film and television productions shot in Georgia represent $2.7 billion in direct spending in the state.

  • Locate South GeorgiaLEADS Recruiting Participants to Create Vision for South Georgia

    July 10, 2017

    Locate South Georgia is actively recruiting for participants to join their efforts in developing a strong leadership pipeline across South Georgia. With Locate South GeorgiaLEADS, presented by Electric Cities of Georgia, recruiting the class for the 2017-2018 program, Locate South Georgia seeks to link business and civic leaders, as well as elected and public officials, to the region’s economic development agenda and efforts.

  • Valdosta-Lowndes County Promoting an All-Star Package

    July 07, 2017

    It’s a winning combination—great location, excellent facilities, and attention to details. That’s the playbook that George Page, executive director of the Valdosta-Lowndes County Parks and Recreation Authority (VLPRA), has been using to recruit sports tournaments to the community. Page has been representing the VLPRA at national sporting association conferences since 2012, and it's paying off.

  • Registration Open for Center of Innovation for Logistics Luncheon in Savannah

    July 07, 2017

    According to the Center of Innovation for Logistics, Georgia companies rely on the state’s logistics infrastructure and services to handle and haul more than $900 billion of cargo each year—that’s billion with a B. And Colin McRae, an attorney at HunterMaclean in Savannah who specializes in transportation, logistics, and business litigation, says that with the support of state offices like the Center of Innovation for Logistics, it’s no wonder Georgia continues to rank as the number one state to do business.

  • Valdosta Commits to Second Year of Great Promise to Local Youth

    July 06, 2017

    Sixteen Valdosta High School juniors and seniors embarked on a career training experience of a lifetime with the City of Valdosta on July 5th, as part of the Great Promise Partnership Program. The new students joined four GPP student interns returning from last year, for a total of 20 GPP students currently employed at the city.

  • SGMC: Blanketing Cancer Patients with Love

    July 05, 2017

    Cancer patients at South Georgia Medical Center’s Pearlman Cancer Center received a special visit from members of the Holy Trinity Triple Negative Breast Cancer Society last week. Members traveled from Louisiana delivering quilted blankets handmade from donated fabric.

  • South Georgia Joins Forces to Serve, Support, and Strengthen Moody AFB

    June 26, 2017

    In 1940, when a group of Valdosta and Lowndes County business leaders and residents began looking for a way to help in the growing war efforts, no one could have imagined the tremendous impact of their efforts 75 years later.

  • City Delivers a Balanced Budget

    June 23, 2017

    The City of Valdosta Fiscal Year 2018 Budget was approved by the Mayor and City Council at their June 22nd City Council meeting. The budget was presented to the council as a balanced budget, as required by the City Charter, importantly with no property tax increase.

  • Two Valdosta Restaurants Awarded Georgia's "100 Plates Locals Love"

    June 21, 2017

    Steel Magnolias and Friends Grille and Bar have been awarded the 2017/2018 "100 Plates Locals Love" distinction by Georgia Department of Economic Development's Tourism Division. Georgia Tourism's third annual list of "100 Plates Locals Love" is featured in the state's culinary guide, Georgia Eats.

  • Gov. Deal Breaks Ground on the New Georgia Cyber Innovation & Training Center at Augusta University

    June 20, 2017

    Governor Nathan Deal broke ground on the much-anticipated, new Georgia Cyber Innovation and Training Center at Augusta University Monday.

  • 10 Steps to Becoming the Best Entrepreneur You Can Be

    June 15, 2017

    Whether you run a local business or one that’s completely online, your success probably hinges less on the products or services you sell than about the entrepreneur you are. So how do you upgrade your skills, creativity and instincts — for the benefit of your business, of course. Members of our small business community have experience in many of those areas. Check out some of their top tips in the list below.

  • Mayor's Council for Persons with Disabilities Hosts 2017 South Georgia Resource Expo June 24th

    June 09, 2017

    People with disabilities, as well as those who care for people with disabilities, will soon have the opportunity to browse local resources at a free event sponsored by the Valdosta Mayor's Council for Persons with Disabilities.

  • Georgia Construction Outlook Survey: 86% of Respondents Project Revenue Increase

    June 09, 2017

    The Georgia Construction Outlook Survey indicates that 86 percent of the state’s privately held construction companies project a revenue increase over the prior year. The survey, released on Tuesday, was conducted by Kennesaw State University’s Construction Management Department in cooperation with Bennett Thrasher, one of the country’s largest full-service certified public accounting and consulting firms.

  • Valdosta’s Got Entrepreneurs

    June 06, 2017

    Can a community provide too much assistance for people considering a new business start-up? The Chamber, Small Business Development Center, Georgia Power and the City of Valdosta don’t think so.

  • Plant Vogtle Marks 30 Years of Reliable Energy and Community Impact

    June 02, 2017

    This summer marks the 30th anniversary of the start of operations of the Alvin W. Vogtle Electric Generating Plant (Plant Vogtle). Plant Vogtle Units 1 & 2, which began operation in 1987 and 1989 respectively, are capable of generating a total of 2,430 megawatts – enough energy to reliably power more than 500,000 Georgia homes and businesses simultaneously.

  • Columbus Technical College, Valdosta State University Sign Major Articulation Agreement

    June 01, 2017

    Columbus Technical College and Valdosta State University have entered into a partnership designed to increase the number of West Georgians pursuing and earning advanced training and education. The signing of the Pathways Program last Wednesday made VSU the first University System of Georgia institution of higher education to sign articulation agreements with all 22 colleges in the Technical College System of Georgia.

  • Coleman Talley LLP Wins 6th Consecutive Georgia Legal Food Frenzy Competition

    May 26, 2017

    Georgia Attorney General Chris Carr announced last week that the state's legal community raised 1.34 million pounds of food during the Georgia Legal Food Frenzy, an annual competition sponsored by the Georgia Food Bank Association, the Young Lawyers Division, and the Attorney General's office. Valdosta-based law firm Coleman Talley LLP received the Bar President's Award, given to the firm who tabulated the highest number of pounds overall among the 215 competitors throughout the state of Georgia.

  • City Honors Winners of 2017 Historic Preservation Awards

    May 26, 2017

    The City of Valdosta honored the 2017 Preservation Award winners at the May 25th City Council Meeting, as part of the city’s observance of National Historic Preservation Month. The 9th annual awards program recognized property owners who go above and beyond the regulations set forth by the city to protect and preserve buildings within our local Historic District.

  • GDOT to Replace I-75 Interchanges for Improved Safety and Efficiency

    May 25, 2017

    A $46 million construction project to rebuild and improve two heavily-traveled Interstate 75 interchanges in Lowndes County is scheduled to be advertised for bid following approval Thursday by the State Transportation Board.

  • VSU's Harley Langdale Jr. College of Business Administration Awarded Extended AACSB International Accreditation

    May 23, 2017