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Valdosta ranks 24th in retail sales

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 A new report shows Valdosta has a healthy and vibrant economy for local business owners.

Out of 363 metro areas, Valdosta ranks 24th in the share of retail sales captured by local and independent businesses.

The study by Civic Economics and the American Booksellers Association found locally-owned businesses re-circulate more money in the community than chain competitors.

"It's important to support our local homegrown businesses because they are a huge contributor to revenues that come into this economy and support our services to this community so this is really great news for us," said Mara Register, the assistant to the city manager.

 The Valdosta metropolitan area has the second highest retail pull factor in the state, meaning lots of people come from out of town to spend money there.

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