Yesterday the Renewable and Sustainable Energy Network had its second
monthly organizationl meeting at the Valdosta-Lowndes County Chamber of Commerce.
It’s working up a business plan to submit to the Chamber Board for next year.
The Chair is the eminent Dr. Dennis Marks, VSU Emeritus Professor,
and the Chamber contact is ReKasa Deen of
Here everybody says “renewable energy and solar power!”
Sherry Wheat (Hannah Solar), Sharon Jackson (South GA Solar Power), Ron Jackson (Production Community Services), Bill Branham (21st Century Telecom), ?, Dr. Dennis Marks (Chair), Matt Jansen (Boys and Girls Club), John S. Quarterman (Okra Paradise Farms), ReKasa Deen (VLCoC Opportunity Central)
picture by Myrna Ballard (VLCoC President) for LAKE, the Lowndes Area Knowledge Exchange
Sherry Wheat of Hannah Solar drove down from Atlanta to help me announce
Okra Paradise Farms got the USDA REAP grant we applied for,
to add about 52 solar panels to our farm workshop.
Hannah Solar helped us submit the paperwork in 3 days.
More on that as it transpires.
Had a chat today with Myrna Ballard, President of the
Valdosta-Lowndes County Chamber of Commerce, and
ReKasa Deen, Business Development Director,
about the Renewable Sustainable Energy Network.
Note that word Sustainable that they’ve added since
last I spoke with them.
They’re moving along the idea of a series of meetings or workshops
of Chamber members together with an online forum.
The next step is for the Chamber Board of Directors
to decide whether to approve the project or not.
They’re talking to various people and organizations around the community;
if you want to get involved, please contact
The Chamber has put videos of its Economic Summit
along with the VSU report it commissioned up on
The videos are on vimeo, because they’re a tad lengthy.
However, they are conveniently linked in by subject.
Particularly our average weekly wage rates, which
we started becoming very concerned about around 2004.
My first human inclination was to go into denial.
I spent several months deciding whether I should even mention this
in our community or not.
But the bottom line on it is,
when you have a challenge, when you have a problem,
you can’t fix it until you come to grips with the fact that
you do have an issue that you need to deal with.
There’s part of the problem around here:
nobody wants to talk about problems.
That needs to change.
However, I don’t like her next point quite as much, which was that
they already have a plan and were presenting it.
That’s part of the reason people don’t want to speak up about problems:
because so often nobody is listening.
She did go on about Opportunity Central, though.
And the Chamber did put up videos of the whole thing on the web.
Bravo, Chamber and ReKasa!
PS: Rekasa told me they were going to do that, and Jim Parker noted
that they had done it.
The Valdosta-Lowndes Chamber is positioning Metro Valdosta as Opportunity
Central with opportunities for business to grow and thrive, career
opportunities for well-educated young professionals and opportunities
for cultural interests and active lifestyles.