The added agenda item
6e. Emergency Repairs to Rocky Ford Road
got a couple of bids (unusual procedure; different from their
usual no-bid emergencies) passed.
The Chamber sent
Gary Wisenbaker to speak in Citizens Wishing to Be Heard
to ask for (after a very long preamble by John Page)
apparently money from GDOT for a long list (in a letter the taxpayers
did not get to see) of
transportation projects to help “the business community”,
apparently including the truck bypass.
They only appointed six of the seven members of the
Development Authority of Lowndes County,
although a Commissioner did ask about that.
It’s also curious they said all the terms expired right then,
since the Wayback machine has a snapshot of 4 April 2017, which shows three expiring in June 2017 and four already
expired in December 2016.
Apparently they just didn’t bother to appoint anybody to the four slots
that expired in December 2016 until eight months later,
and then they didn’t appoint anybody to one of the 2017 slots.
Mostly what the assembled rotaries and homebuilders seemed to be interested in was getting the Senator to defend Moody Air Force Base against closure,
which makes sense, since Moody is still by far the largest economic engine of the entire central south Georgia and north Florida region.
Maybe you can hear where he says anything about defending us from the invading Sabal Trail fracked methane pipeline; I must have missed that part.
He ended by saying it wasn’t about rich vs. poor, and quoting from the Declaration of Independence about “we mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor.” There’s no mutuality in the federal government giving eminent domain to a pipeline company from Houston, Texas to take our lands so they can profit by exporting fracked methane.
the Valdosta-Lowndes Chamber of Commerce is extremely supportive of
property rights and wary of intrusion upon those rights, we are also
extremely supportive of Moody Air Force Base and its continued and
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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.
Myrna Ballard (President, Chamber of Commerce),
Michael Jetter (Interim Executive Director for the Valdosta-Lowndes Conference Center and Tourism Authority),
Amanda Peacock (Valdosta Main Street Manager),
Allan Ricketts (Valdosta-Lowndes Industrial Authority Project Manager),
Jane Shelton (Valdosta-Lowndes Airport Authority Member)
“Transforming our local economy”
“It’s the Mix that Matters”
Community leaders in the Valdosta area came together at the 2011 Economic
Summit to discuss the economic health of Valdosta-Lowndes County.
Economic Summit participants raised substantive questions for the panel
and shared ideas for moving forward during the facilitated discussion
portion of the Summit led by VSU Center for Business and Economic Research
Director, Scott Manley.
WALB then quotes the Chamber’s press release.
Dr. Cynthia R. Tori presented the VSU Center for Business and Economic
Research study, Lowndes County by the Numbers: How Do We Compare With
Peer and Aspirant Communities?