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  • City Sets Stage for Talks about Neighborhood Revitalization

    January 19, 2018

    On Monday, Jan. 29th, at 5:30 p.m., in the Valdosta City Hall Annex Multi-Purpose Room, the fifth neighborhood Think Tank will meet regarding the revitalization plan for Ora Lee West and the surrounding neighborhoods of Brookwood and Tom Town. This meeting will continue the discussion among community stakeholders about neighborhood needs, desires, and visions for future revitalization projects in their communities

  • Georgia Sets Records in Employment During 2017

    January 19, 2018

    State Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said that 2017 was a banner year for job creation, employment and work force gains in Georgia.

  • Business Mentors Help YEA!

    January 18, 2018

    Local business mentors have stepped up to support the spirit of entrepreneurship. Ten volunteers from the Valdosta-Lowndes business community have agreed to help the inaugural YEA! students in their business planning process.

  • Georgia Forestry Foundation Launches New Brand

    January 18, 2018

    The Georgia Forestry Foundation is launching a new logo and brand identity to accurately reflect the growth of the foundation since 1990, when the previous logo was introduced. The Foundation has as its primary goal connecting 10 million Georgians to 22 million acres of working forests by promoting the abundant natural resource in Georgia’s backyard.

  • Leadership Development Helping Build a Stronger, More United South Georgia

    January 17, 2018

    Melissa Dark and Elena Carné own small businesses more than 75 miles apart in rural south Georgia. Through a regional program, led by the J.W. Fanning Institute for Leadership Development at the University of Georgia, the two have shared information that has resulted in better business practices.

  • Governor Deal: Budget Prioritizes Workforce Development, Education, Transportation Infrastructure

    January 12, 2018

    Gov. Nathan Deal released his budget recommendations to the General Assembly for the amended current and upcoming fiscal years. Budget priorities include building an educated workforce capable of meeting future job demands, expanding and improving services for Georgia’s most vulnerable citizens, and continuing to invest in transportation infrastructure and economic development.

  • Georgia Chamber’s “Eggs and Issues Breakfast” Attendees Hear Governor Deal, Lt. Governor Cagle, Speaker Ralston Address Successes, Visions and Challenges

    January 11, 2018

    Over 2,000 state and local Chamber of Commerce members, public officials and other attendees at the 2018 Georgia Chamber of Commerce “Eggs and Issues Breakfast” heard Governor Nathan Deal, Lt. Governor Casey Cagle and Speaker David Ralston repeat the mantra that Georgia has the No. 1 business climate in the U.S. for the fifth consecutive time. Yet, each cautioned that the 2018 General Assembly opening this week has its work cut out for them during what will eventually become an historic election year.

  • Regional Public Relations Professionals to Discuss Community Building at Meeting Tomorrow

    January 09, 2018

    The South Georgia Public Relations Society of America Chapter will host, “Team South Georgia: How to Embrace Local Events for the Benefit of our Businesses, Community and Region” on Wednesday, January 10th in Valdosta.

  • NCR Officially Opens New Global Headquarters in Atlanta

    January 09, 2018

    NCR Corporation, a global leader in omni-channel solutions, opened its new global headquarters campus in Midtown Atlanta. The two-tower campus will provide the space needed to prepare for future growth and create innovations that will help power the digitally-connected economy.

  • Amazon’s Best of Prime 2017 Reveals the Year’s Biggest Trends —More than 5 Billion Items Shipped with Prime in 2017

    January 08, 2018

    Amazon announced its Best of Prime 2017 – revealing some of the Prime member favorites of the year. Built on a foundation of fast, free delivery, more than five billion items worldwide shipped with Prime in 2017, including free same-day, one-day, and two-day shipping.

  • Georgia Public Service Commission Approves Continued Construction of Nuclear Power Plant Vogtle Project

    December 22, 2017

    The Georgia Public Service Commission unanimously approved the continued construction of Georgia Power Company’s Plant Vogtle Construction project but with conditions that will reduce the Company’s revenue requirement by $1.7 billion over the construction and operation of the plant.

  • After 75 Years, UGA Returns to the Rose Bowl

    December 22, 2017

    When UGA’s football team played in the Rose Bowl in 1943, halfback Frank Sinkwich commanded the field. Now 75 years later, fullback Frank Sinkwich IV, great-grandson of Frank Sinkwich, will join his teammates in Pasadena when the Bulldogs play Oklahoma in the 104th Rose Bowl game.

  • Records Set for Jobs and Workforce in Georgia

    December 21, 2017

    State Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said today that Georgia’s jobs, employment and labor force numbers continued to grow in November and unemployment insurance claims fell.

  • UPS Pre-Orders 125 Tesla Electric Trucks

    December 20, 2017

    UPS, which operates one of the largest commercial trucking fleets in the world, announced it has placed a reservation for 125 of Tesla’s new fully-electric Semi tractors. The new tractors will join UPS’s extensive alternative fuel and advanced technology vehicle fleet, comprised of trucks and tractors propelled by electricity, natural gas, propane and other non-traditional fuels.

  • Frank Facts and Figures for Future Franchisees

    December 18, 2017

    If interested in becoming a franchisee, the best next step may be to contact a franchise consultant, such as Leslie Kuban of FranNet. On top of several personal, intangible, key decisions and issues a potential franchise owner has to make, Kuban maintains a consultant can be an invaluable resource in conjunction with CPAs, attorneys, bankers and others who refer interested franchising parties to her.

  • UGA Experts Predict Another Good Year for Georgia’s Economy; Growth to Outpace the Nation

    December 15, 2017

    Georgia’s economy will match its performance last year, propelled by economic development projects, solid population growth and a housing recovery, according to the economic forecast from the University of Georgia Terry College of Business.

  • 2018 Lowndes County Bird Supper Tickets on Sale

    December 13, 2017

    Tickets are on sale for the 2018 Lowndes County Bird Supper, scheduled for Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2018, at the historic Georgia Railroad Depot, in Atlanta, beginning at 5 p.m. The traditional event, sponsored by the Lowndes County Board of Commissioners and the City of Valdosta, brings together hundreds of state officials and local business, professional and government personnel for a dinner of quail and meaningful conversations.

  • City of Valdosta Honored for Commitment to Environment

    December 07, 2017

    The City of Valdosta is the recipient of the 2017 Outstanding Community Grand Award, which was presented by the Georgia Urban Forest Council on Nov. 8 in recognition of the city’s commitment to the overall health of the community and building a strong urban forestry program.

  • Apply These 5 Techniques to Help Employees Return to Work After a Medical Absence

    December 07, 2017

    When a worker gets hurt or sick and misses a substantial amount of time, it can be hard for you as a business owner to know what to do. The situation can become even more challenging when it’s time for the employee to return to work after a medical absence. If you don’t have a plan for dealing with people’s return as well as their absence, this could become a major distraction.

  • Eric Tanenblatt: These Georgia Businesses Are Changing How We View Social Responsibility

    December 06, 2017

    The spirit of consumption that envelops our nation each year in the days that follow Thanksgiving was punctuated this year by something remarkable, something pointedly not about self-indulgence or flashy gadgets: a “global day of giving” that encouraged and celebrated altruism. The occasion, dubbed “Giving Tuesday” in the mode of our year-end shopping calendar, was said to have raised in excess of $200 million, a significant increase from years prior.

  • SGMC Implements New EHR Across System

    December 05, 2017

    On Nov. 1st, South Georgia Medical Center went live enterprise-wide with Epic’s Inpatient and Ambulatory Electronic Health Record. Epic replaced 17 legacy systems across three hospital campuses and a number of outpatient clinics.

  • AT&T Launches Fixed Wireless Internet in Georgia to Enhance Connectivity in Rural and Underserved Areas

    November 29, 2017

    AT&T Fixed Wireless Internet is now available in rural and under served locations in parts of 44 counties in Georgia. In May 2017, AT&T launched Fixed Wireless Internet, an innovative service that delivers an internet connection with download speeds of at least 10Mbps to homes and small businesses. With Fixed Wireless Internet, customers can download, surf and stream their favorite movies or television shows

  • Local YEA! Students Learn The Business of Food

    November 28, 2017

    On Tuesday November 7th, students from the Valdosta chapter of Young Entrepreneurs Academy received a “2 for 1” deal with a field trip to meet with restaurant owner Nicholas Harden of Big Nick’s on Baytree, and welcomed a visit from Margo Braski, owner of Chick-fil-A, Valdosta Mall, for an in-depth look at what it takes to run a successful restaurant business!

  • Governor Announces $35M for Cybersecurity Center Expansion in Augusta

    November 28, 2017

    Gov. Nathan Deal announced $35 million in funding for an expansion of the Hull McKnight Georgia Cyber Innovation and Training Center in Augusta. The second facility will serve as an incubator hub for technology startups as well as a training space for the state’s cybersecurity initiatives and workforce development programs.

  • Georgia Banks’ Earnings up 15% in Third Quarter

    November 27, 2017

    Georgia’s 178 FDIC-insured financial institutions earned $889.3 million during the third quarter of this year, up 15.2 percent over the same period in 2016. For the first nine months of the year, cumulative earnings were $2.5 billion, increasing by 10.3 percent over the same nine-month period in 2016.

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