Valdosta

Main Streets on a Mission

When you hear “downtown revitalization” you might picture restaurants, brew pubs, boutiques and offices in character-filled, brick-clad buildings. Plants and trees line the well-lit streets and benches offer spots to watch small-town life go by. But without people – specifically,…

Economy: Valdosta’s Positive Prospects

From its 2020 peak-to-trough the Valdosta metropolitan statistical area (MSA), which includes Brooks, Echols, Lanier and Lowndes counties, lost about 10% of its jobs to the COVID-19 recession. The heaviest losses were in government and high-contact service industries such as…

Economy: Brunswick’s Strengths

From its 2020 peak-to-trough, the Brunswick metropolitan statistical area (MSA) – Brantley, Glynn and McIntosh counties – lost 19.2% of its jobs to the COVID-19 recession. The heaviest losses were in leisure and hospitality and state government. Because the Brunswick…

Southwest Georgia: Open for Business

Economic development leaders across Southwest Georgia are all singing the same tune this year as they welcome continued growth in various forms, from population increases to new and expanding industries. With total investments in the hundreds of millions and new…

Helping the Body Repair Itself

Regenerative medicine is booming these days because one thing this relatively new field has done well is generate a lot of buzz. Often associated with stem cells, it’s the branch of medicine devoted to repairing, replacing or regrowing damaged or…

A Byte of Prevention

Much of the Southeast lags behind in any number of health statistics, from maternal and infant mortality to the percentage of people who have been vaccinated for COVID-19. So when John Showalter, M.D., chief product officer at the Metro Atlanta-based…

Valdosta | Lowndes County: Business as Usual

As Georgians ease into this new year anticipating brighter days ahead, leaders in Lowndes County are focusing on business recruitment, downtown improvements, and a myriad of much-needed infrastructure and road projects. Unless they’re leading large cities, most mayors balance full-time…