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Local chamber of commerce wins top honor

Valdosta Lowndes County Chamber of Commerce Valdosta Lowndes County Chamber of Commerce
Jay Prince, Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Valdosta Lowndes County Chamber of Commerce Jay Prince, Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Valdosta Lowndes County Chamber of Commerce
Sign out front of the Valdosta Lowndes County Chamber of Commerce Sign out front of the Valdosta Lowndes County Chamber of Commerce
VALDOSTA, GA (WALB) -

The Valdosta Lowndes County Chamber of Commerce is receiving the prestigious five-star accreditation.

This is the highest level of accreditation that any chamber of commerce can receive, putting the Valdosta Lowndes County Chamber of Commerce in the top one percent of all U.S. chambers of commerce.

Chairman of the chamber's board of directors, Jay Prince, said the honor serves as a testament to the chamber's efforts to make Valdosta and Lowndes County a pro-business environment.

"Locally, you know, that's what our chamber is trying to do," Prince said. "To create a pro-growth for small business, for entrepreneurs. We're very pro...pro business, and just trying to create a climate for that growth here locally."

This is actually the second time the Valdosta Lowndes County Chamber of Commerce has received the five-star accreditation.

The chamber first received the honor five years ago. That accreditation was set to expire this year, so the chamber went through the rigorous process of reapplying for the accreditation. Prince said the Valdosta Lowndes County chamber has actually been used as an example of success by other chambers of commerce around the country.

"Our small business plan that we have formed at the chamber, that really is kind of a highlight of what we do at the chamber. Other Chambers throughout the country have come to us and ask us how we do this business plan," said Prince.

Moving forward, Prince said the chamber will continue to focus on being a friendly environment for small businesses and creating more higher paying jobs in the area, especially in the technology industry.

"Our chamber has really been focused on over the past several years with creating a higher wage level of jobs," said Prince.

Prince added that Valdosta has been fortunate to be able to attract a lot of retail in the last several years and said he would like to see that trend continue as well.

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