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Lowndes County: Moving Forward

Lowndes County: Moving Forward

Update: 2021-04-05
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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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Lowndes County: Moving Forward

Lowndes County: Moving Forward

Thressea H. Boyd, Host