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Mayor gives state of city address

January 19, 2006

Valdosta - 2005 brought a whirlwind of positive change to Valdosta, and Mayor John Fretti expects 2006 to be even bigger. "We're financially strong, we're poised for growth and growth that's coming," said Fretti.

From news that Moody was spared from the BRAC list and slated for growth, to bringing in millions of dollars in grant money to fund projects like the airport runway extension, the city has made great strides in growth and development. In his state of the city address, the mayor is highlighting those achievements, and setting priorities for the coming year. Priorities like building a new municipal auditorium. "With great acoustics, more multi-purpose rooms, and maybe even an outdoor amphitheater in a good central location," said Fretti.

Another top priority is getting tractor trailer traffic out of the downtown area. Fretti is working with the Department of Transportation to gain control of part of Highway 84, and give the D.O.T. control of Perimeter Road. "We would guide trucks to go around, not through our city," said Fretti.

Economic development and job creation always top Fretti's list of goals, and the opening of 12 new stores at the Colonial Mall this summer will make it happen. "This represents 250 new jobs, more retail options, and it brings us into the premier retail status we deserve," said Fretti.

The premier status that's keeping this city on the fast track.

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