Well, they spelled that wrong, as “Where are we now?”
Maybe for the video narrator from California who showed
a picture of lily pads when he said “River”.
But to be fair, this website and
the video from the Development Authority
VisionFirst whom Lowndes County paid $25,000,
presumably matching Valdosta,
also adopted by
does work hard to show a positive vision of the local area.
Oops, I forgot the hospital and the Chamber, and, most importantly,
Georgia Power, listed in the FAQ:
Lowndes County as the Jewel of the South, and how to get there,
was the topic on drive-time radio Thursday.
Local policy issues include what would happen to us if we got
20 inches of rain like Pensacola just did?
The county needs to be appropriately staffed and prepared for emergencies.
The Army Corps of Engineers study on flooding
will be presented at the next
Valdosta City Council Work Session (5:30 PM May 6th at City Hall)
with a public presentation afterwards (6:30 PM at City Hall Annex).
Gretchen added that
will be giving a Lowndes County Emergency Management
Continuity of Business Workshop 5:30-6:30 PM 5 May 2014
at the Lowndes County Administrative Building, 327 North Ashley Street, Valdosta.
Radio host Scott James noted,
In case nobody picked up on it, I just
quizzed Gretchen and she is involved.
She answered both very well.
Gretchen added that having things online for people who can’t
go to the meetings because they’re at work
would be very useful in getting more people engaged.
Scott James advocated livestreaming videos of meetings,
“or at least recorded and played back”.
Gretchen recounted an anecdote about wishing she could have
heard the recent Valdosta City Council meeting livestreamed.
One hopes all this PR and marketing pays off in jobs.
Remember, the Industrial Authority has kept its cushy
1 mil of property tax throughout the economic downturn.
Four new industry projects are on the agenda this time,
plus more solar power at Valdosta’s Mud Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant.
Much better PR than
Valdosta Fire Dept. helping put out Perma-Fix on fire.
The Valdosta Mayor and City Council are committed to providing quality
municipal services that meet the expectations of our citizens. In addition
to providing fire and police protection and other beneficial quality of
life services, the city leadership is equally committed to providing
adequate water and wastewater treatment services to its citizens,
maintaining a functioning sewer collection system and discharging treated
water in an environmentally responsible manner.
Recently, citizens have been inundated with information about
the current state of the city’s wastewater treatment plant and sewer
collection system, as well as the decisions made during the recent flood
event. The following information is provided to explain the recent event
and to help citizens better understand these important issues and the
dedicated work of their elected officials and municipal staff.
The Valdosta-Lowndes County Industrial Authority has put a spot
light on solar power and broadband internet. That’s according to a
new analysis of regional businesses and employment. They say it will
be a way to generate job growth going forward. Many in the community
Valdosta Resident Mark Yates said “if they could bring those all in,
it would be great for the economy and bring a lot of jobs for a lot
of people in town here.”
Thursday’s Industrial Authority
retreat and board meeting are both open meetings, which the
public can attend.
And at the 2PM board meeting apparently there will be news about
Project Excel, CCA’s private prison.
VLCIA Executive Director Andrea Schruijer clarified on the telephone just now
Thursday’s 9AM-2PM board retreat
is an open meeting; the public can attend.
She said the agenda was made by the facilitator, and she had not seen it.
The purpose of the retreat is for board members to talk about their experiences
and roles as board members.
The retreat is not for discussing specific projects.
Regarding the 2PM board meeting Thursday, she said she thought the agenda
was on VLCIA’s web pages.
When we looked and found it wasn’t there,
she said apparently there was some confusion due to the rescheduling
of the meeting, and the agenda would be there soon.
Notice: The Valdosta-Lowndes County Industrial Authority Regular Meeting
has been rescheduled for the month of February. The meeting date will be
Thursday, February 23, 2011, 2:00 P.M.
at 101 N Ashley Street.
Notice of the Valdosta-Lowndes County Industrial Authority Board Retreat,
Thursday, February 23, 2012, 9:00 AM- 2:00 PM
at 101 N Ashley Street.
Since I’m familiar with that location as the old closed pawn shop,
I called VLCIA’s new PR person, Meghan Duke, for clarification.
I congratulated her on her recent appointment, and repeated what I’ve
been saying for some time now, that VLCIA does many good things most
people don’t know about and with some PR maybe we would.
She said she was working on educating the public.