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August 29, 2007

Valdosta - Many businesses in Valdosta like South Georgia Medical Center rely on college graduates to keep their companies running.  "Val Tech and VSU both have nursing programs but we also rely on them for non-clinical positions whether its business or IT," says Amanda Wentworth, recruitment coordinator at SGMC.

And recruit heavily from colleges throughout the region.  "We try to go to VSU quite a bit and other colleges in Tifton, Douglas, and even down in Florida," she adds.

But research done by the chamber of commerce shows that most college graduates are leaving South Georgia to get higher paying jobs elsewhere.

So they are beginning a program called MetroOne that they hope will give them more incentives to stay in town.  "MetroOne realizes its more than just a job that's going to lead somebody to live in the Valdosta community," says Anne-Marie Wolff, Chairman of the MetroOne Network.

The program plans to do this by expanding continuing education programs in the area, gain business support to help with job creation, attract new businesses to town, and initiate more after hours activities to help build relationships.  "We really want MetroOne to be the source where young people can go and meet people not just build relationships and we think its those relationships that will cause those young professionals to choose to stay here," she adds.

The program will kick off at first Friday, which has been declared Young Professionals day in Lowndes County.

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