Lowndes County: Moving Forward
In this episode, we welcome Lowndes County Commission Chairman Bill Slaughter and Lowndes County Manager Paige Dukes.
With a population of approximately 117,000, Lowndes County includes Dasher, Hahira, Valdosta (county seat), Lake Park, and Remerton.
Taking a look in the rearview mirror, Slaughter and Dukes provide insight on how Lowndes County successfully navigated through the COVID-19 pandemic.
- A strong emergency operation plan was crucial throughout the pandemic.
- Recognizing the pandemic was more than a health crisis, county officials managed the impact (short- and long-term) of education, mental health, and the economy.
- All Lowndes County employees were deemed "essential" and work, while sometimes adjusted, continued.
Moving forward, Slaughter and Dukes shared updates on current and future projects, including:
- Work is underway on renovations of the Lowndes County Courthouse. The historic building will house a regional tourism and welcome center and become an integral part of Downtown Valdosta's growth.
- Various infrastructure projects, including widening of Val Del Road to meet future transportation needs.
- The county is moving toward establishing more infrastructure to attract industry growth within the unincorporated areas.
- The new Griner Park on Ashley Street is almost completed and will provide much-needed green space and meet parking demands within the Downtown Valdosta perimeter.
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