May 2023 Features

  • 14th Annual Historic Preservation Award Winners Announced

    May 31, 2023

    May of each year is National Historic Preservation Month; this year's theme is "People Saving Places," a campaign providing a national high-five to everyone doing the great work of saving places—in ways big and small—and inspiring others to do the same.

  • Wild Adventures Kicks Off Summer Fun

    May 31, 2023

    Wild Adventures Theme Park and Splash Island Waterpark in Valdosta are kicking off the summer by opening seven days a week, hosting big name concerts and staying open late on Fridays for the second year of Sweet Summer Nights.

  • Blue Bird Celebrates Grand Opening of Electric Vehicle Build-up Center in Fort Valley

    May 31, 2023

    Blue Bird Corporation celebrated the grand opening of its Electric Vehicle Build-up Center on the grounds of the company’s main U.S. manufacturing plant in Fort Valley. The opening marks an important milestone as the company continues to expand its electric school bus production capacity from 4 to 20 vehicles a day.

  • Vogtle Unit 3 Reaches 100% Energy Output for 1st Time

    May 30, 2023

    Georgia Power announced Monday Vogtle Unit 3 has safely reached 100 percent power, marking a major milestone towards commercial operation and service for customers. This milestone marks the maximum energy the unit is licensed to produce in the reactor core and is the first time the unit has reached its expected output.

  • Hyundai & LG Plan $4.3 Billion Battery Plant in Savannah

    May 30, 2023

    LG Energy Solution and Hyundai Motor Group announced an EV battery cell manufacturing joint venture in the U.S.

  • SGMC Has $1B Impact on Local Economy

    May 25, 2023

    As South Georgia Medical Center continues to expand service lines and evolve into a regional health system, so too does its economic impact. SGMC, which includes four hospitals (two in Lowndes County, one in Berrien, and one in Lanier), reported $1 billion in total revenue for the local and state economy in 2021.

  • AAA: 1.3M Georgians Expected to Travel Memorial Day Weekend

    May 25, 2023

    AAA Travel expects there will be a significant number of Georgians planning to travel this Memorial Day holiday weekend.

  • PSC Commissioner Tim Echols: Cleaner Air is Not Free

    May 25, 2023

    Electricity generation is no longer the leading source of carbon emissions in our state, this according to Drawdown Georgia, a group of scientists and researchers from multiple universities led by Georgia Tech’s Dr. Marilyn Brown.

  • Greater Valdosta United Way Hosts Successful Day of Caring

    May 24, 2023

    This past Friday, Greater Valdosta United Way hosted its semiannual Day of Caring, an event that organizes volunteers to take part in service projects at nonprofit organizations.

  • Jekyll Island Authority Board Selects New Executive Director

    May 24, 2023

    The Jekyll Island Authority Board of Directors has selected Mark Williams to serve as the new Executive Director of the JIA, succeeding current Executive Director Jones Hooks, who will retire June 30th. Williams is the current Commissioner of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources and a JIA Board member.

  • Wiregrass Tech Receives Health Care Workforce Grant for Over $400,000

    May 23, 2023

    Wiregrass Georgia Technical College has been awarded a Georgia Board of Health Care Workforce Grant in the amount of $407,000. This grant will allow the college to increase the number of nurse graduates. The college announced earlier this year that the Associate of Science in Nursing Program will expand to the Coffee and Ben Hill-Irwin Campuses.

  • Valdosta Receives More than $3 Million in Grants for Three Community Parks

    May 23, 2023

    The City of Valdosta and the Valdosta-Lowndes County Parks and Recreation Authority will receive more than $3 million in grants for three community parks from the State of Georgia.

  • Vinson Institute Creates Workforce Planning Guide to Help Communities Tackle Challenges

    May 23, 2023

    Experts at the University of Georgia’s Vinson Institute of Government have partnered with Georgia Power to provide communities across the state with a comprehensive and accessible resource to address the growth opportunities provided by new industries.

  • Gen Z Surpasses Baby Boomers in Small Business Workforce Participation

    May 23, 2023

    According to a new report from Paychex, Inc., Generation Z (born 1997-2012) participation in the small business workforce has surpassed Baby Boomers (born 1946-1964) and is the only segment in the labor market showing growth.

  • One Valdosta-Lowndes Ushers in New Era of Collaboration; Hires Mary Beth Brownlee

    May 22, 2023

    Some say good things come to those who wait. Making good on this claim, the leadership of Valdosta and Lowndes County is proud to announce the official launch of One Valdosta-Lowndes.

  • 2023 GLOBE Awards Celebrate Georgia Exporters Across Diverse Industries

    May 19, 2023

    The Georgia Department of Economic Development announced 27 Georgia business recipients of the 2023 GLOBE Award. Managed by the Department’s International Trade team, this state-led awards program highlights Georgia companies that expanded sales to new international markets in the previous year.

  • Governor Kemp Announces $225M in Grant Awards for Georgia Communities

    May 19, 2023

    Governor Brian Kemp announced preliminary grant awards totaling more than $225 million for 142 qualified projects that improve neighborhood assets like parks, recreation facilities, sidewalks, and healthy food access in communities all across the state disproportionately impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • Georgia's Legal Community Provides 3.2M Meals to State’s Regional Food Banks

    May 17, 2023

    Attorney General Chris Carr announced that attorneys across Georgia raised a total of $829,239 during the 12th Annual Georgia Legal Food Frenzy fundraising competition. This is the equivalent of 3.2 million meals for the state’s regional food banks to then distribute to Georgia children, seniors and families in need.

  • AAA: Georgian's Summer Travel Surging

    May 17, 2023

    If you haven’t booked your summer travel plans yet, AAA says you better do it soon. The Auto Club Group is seeing very strong bookings for cruises, tours, hotels, and flights.

  • Secretary Raffensperger Builds Coalition of Influential State and Community Leaders to Take on Licensing Reform

    May 16, 2023

    Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger is announcing the creation of the GA WORKS Licensing Commission. The commission seeks to evaluate the Professional Licensing Board’s future ability to meet the demands of a rapidly growing Georgia workforce, and pay specific attention to the regulatory burdens that impact the agency’s ability to get Georgians to work quickly and efficiently.

  • Companies Find Global Growth Opportunities with Georgia’s International Trade Team

    May 12, 2023

    Georgia’s status as a global gateway is a result of decades of strategic planning by Georgia leaders, starting when the state opened its first international trade offices 50 years ago this year.

  • Survey: US Job Satisfaction Hits All-Time High

    May 12, 2023

    American workers are more content than ever, according to The Conference Board Job Satisfaction 2023. The report finds improved satisfaction across nearly all 26 components—with gains in non-compensation factors like work-life balance outpacing even those from improved pay and benefits.

  • Technology Association of Georgia Announces 2023 Top 40 Innovative Companies

    May 11, 2023

    The Technology Association of Georgia recently announced the 2023 Top 40 Innovative Technology Companies in Georgia.

  • SGMC Recognized in 40th Annual Healthcare Advertising Awards

    May 10, 2023

    South Georgia Medical Center received three accolades in the 40th Annual Healthcare Advertising Awards. The competition recognizes outstanding health advertising based on a range of qualities, including creativity, message effectiveness, consumer appeal, graphic design, and overall impact.

  • Georgia City Solutions to Host Inaugural Community Impact Awards

    May 10, 2023

    Georgia City Solutions, the Georgia Municipal Association’s non-profit, will hold its inaugural Community Impact Awards event at the Porsche Experience Center in Atlanta on May 18. The event will showcase the impactful and innovative work GCS is doing to help Georgia cities thrive and provide all residents with opportunities to reach their full potential.