Videos: Golf, aviation, and by-laws @ VLCIA 2014-04-15

A scheduled guest didn’t show up and an unscheduled guest did, about broadband. Perhaps 250 jobs from a prospective logistics distribution Project Royal and a potential agriculture-related Project Orange. Express Scripts brought 135 jobs last year and now are adding 175 jobs. Executive Director Andrea Schruijer emphasized the importance of existing industries in generating jobs and capital investment. She’s also discovered agriculture is 13% of Georgia GDP and 10% of that is grown in our region.

Next VLCIA meeting will be noon Thursday May 20th because of a trip to Atlanta later that same day. They may be in their “new digs” by then, and Building-Committee-UpdateChairman Mary Gooding promised an open house once they were moved in.

Here’s the agenda, with links to the videos, and a few notes.

Valdosta-Lowndes County Industrial Authority
Thursday, April 15, 2014 5:30 p.m.
Industrial Authority Conference Room
2110 N. Patterson Street



Unanimously approved.



Video. The CPA on April 15th said they were $25,000 under budget on marketing and public relations (not over as the sheet in front of them apparently said). And they were $54,000 under budget on the millage, but he didn’t think they should adjust their budget downwards. The board unanimously accepted the financial statements.


Public Relations and Marketing

Video. S. Meghan Duke wasn’t present so Executive Director Andrea Schruijer gave this report.


Project Reports - Allan Rickets


  • Project Maroon

    Bioscience project.

  • Project Royal

    Logistics distribution; company wants to be along I-75. Around 250 jobs max.

  • Also a Project Orange, “a significant agricultural-related project”. Hosted two state project managers and a site manager; showed them potential sites inside and outside business parks. The board showed great interest in whatever they could do to move those projects along.



Building Committee Report

Video. Aiming for occupancy in May. Fancy timeline for fixtures, furniture, equipment, telecommunications, electricity, landscaping, and every other detail. Chairman Mary Gooding said There will be an open house “to see the new digs”.

Executive Director’s Report –Andrea Schruijer

Executive Director's Report

Video. She emphasized importance of existing industries, including recent 294 new jobs and $15.2 million capital investment.

She goes to Atlanta a lot. She and Mary Gooding were “thrilled” that the city of Valdosta and Lowndes County also send people along.

Attorney Report

Attorney's Report

Video. PowerTech is Saft America and working on a 6 year $1.2 million expansion involving 18 full-time employees.

Andrea Schruijer said SAFT had been here a long time, was hurt by the recession, went down to about 160 employees, got back up to normal 200 last year, now up to 225.

Board unanimously approved executing agreement.

Citizens to Be Heard

Citizens to be Heard and Meeting Adjournment

Video. Gretchen said she was always excited about food stuffs, so she was glad to see them talking about that.

Presentation by Mr. Ben Futch


Adjourn General Meeting Into Executive Session


Mission of the Valdosta Lowndes County Industrial Authority
“Create an environment to attract new industry and promote the growth of existing industry to drive job creation and capital investment.”

Here’s a video playlist:

Videos: Golf, aviation, and by-laws
Regular Meeting, Valdosta-Lowndes County Industrial Authority (VLCIA),
Tom Call, Roy Copeland, Mary Gooding, Chairman, Jerry Jennett, Andrea Schruijer, Executive Director, J. Stephen Gupton, Attorney, Tom Davis, CPA, Allan Ricketts, Project Manager,S. Meghan Duke, Public Relations & Marketing Manager, Lu Williams, Operations Manager,
Video by Gretchen Quarterman for Lowndes Area Knowledge Exchange (LAKE),
Valdosta, Lowndes County, Georgia, 15 April 2014.