VALDOSTA, GA (WALB) - Elected officials representing Lowndes County, and the cities of Hahira, Valdosta, Lake Park, Remerton, and Dasher, met in a summit to discuss issues faced by local governments across the community.
Quality of life, job creation, economic development, service delivery, resource allocation and cooperation between local governments have all been expressed as concerns from citizens.
Today's summit provides a platform for a higher level of collaboration, to determine if there are solutions to some challenges/concerns that can be collectively addressed in an effort to improve the entire community, officials say.
"We can address these concerns and just see if at the end of the day if we can come up with some way that we can have an effort that will be community wide to address some of the concerns we have," said Lowndes Co. Commission Chairman Bill Slaughter.
Litter is a problem throughout Lowndes County, and each local government has a program or service in place to fight it. They want a more comprehensive plan.
"Bottom line, it's all about the citizens of our community and ensuring that we are all working together to provide efficient and effective services. This is an opportunity for everyone to share ideas and discuss the big picture in a format that allows citizens access to the process. The success of our community depends heavily upon our ability to work together," said Chairman Bill Slaughter. "The Mayors and I began discussing this concept at the end of the year, it is exciting to see everyone's willingness to come together."
Lowndes County plans to start having a community planning meeting every year.