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Valdosta's plan for 2007

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January 2, 2007

Valdosta - Off exit 18 on Interstate 75, the numerous construction and business expansion projects symbolize the explosive growth Valdosta saw in 2006.  "We are in a tremendous time of growth and Valdosta is taking off for a while and everything is coming together and all our agencies have been working together like clockwork.  It's been a great year," says Ruby Riesinger, Economic Development Coordinator for the City of Valdosta.

3,571 new businesses to be exact.  But city officials say the growth was not just limited to new businesses.  "Job growth was through the ceiling, at least 600 new jobs," says Mayor John Fretti.

And their plans for 2007 are even bigger.  "We want to become the premiere city that everyone in South Georgia thinks of when they want to shop, dine, play, entertain, and live," Riesinger adds.

Although they couldn't announce any specific businesses and retailers planning to move in,they did say economic growth in 2007 looks just as promising as the previous year.  "I can tell you this, restaurants, retail, hotel, and industry is going to be wide open for 2007," says Mayor Fretti.

Police, fire, and public services will see some growth as well, to keep up with the increase in industry and population.  "As we grow the retail, as our economic progress continues to grow and our population, then services will be stressed," he adds.

City officials hope the growth seen in 2006 and the potential progress for 2007 marks the beginning of a prosperous trend for future economic development.

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