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National spotlight turns to Valdosta...again

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By Alicia Eakin - bio | email

September 29, 2008

VALDOSTA, GA (WALB) - The national spotlight is once again shining on Valdosta.

ABC news is traveling to all 50 states in 50 days to see how the presidential race is impacting people all over the country.

Their Great American Bus Tour will bring network anchor Charles Gibson to Valdosta this Friday.

He'll anchor World News Tonight live from the front lawn of VSU.

City leaders say the city's location and diversity attracted the network to Valdosta. 

"The reason Valdosta was selection was number one, because of our location.  We are just across the border from Florida.  Number two, after doing a little research on Valdosta, they discovered that we are a racially balanced community.  They really think we are the representation of a progressive southern city and want to know what we think," says Chamber President Myrna Ballard.

"You've got to believe ABC is coming to Valdosta because of the incredible community that we have, high school education and collegiate education at Valdosta State," adds VSU President Patrick Schloss

ABC's visit comes just three months after another network, ESPN named Valdosta Title Town USA.

The sports network will be back in town in October for the Winnersville Classic.