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Valdosta reaches metro status

June 10, 2003

Valdosta - With a population of at least 50,000, Valdosta now has metropolitan status.

City officials and chamber members have been working towards this designation for more than 10 years. Not only will it mean more federal and state money for Valdosta, but it will also help attract more businesses.

The city is already reaping the benefits. "We've had an increase in businesses that are looking at our sites, and some have even taken option on land," said Mayor James Rainwater. "A lot of businesses are only interested in moving to a metropolitan area, so this puts us up in the ranks with Albany, Macon, Tallahassee, and other metropolitan cities."

Metropolitan areas are defined in terms of whole counties. The Valdosta metropolitan statistical area includes Lowndes, Lanier, Brooks and Echols.

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