The City of Valdosta will join other cities across Georgia in celebrating Georgia Cities Week, April 20-27, to recognize the many services city governments provide and their contribution to a better quality of life in Georgia. The theme this year is “Georgia Cities: Where the Action Is.”
“Cities provide the infrastructure for growing businesses, quality of life for individuals and families and are gathering spots for people throughout the region,” said Valdosta Mayor John Gayle. “We are very proud of our city and the services we provide that make it attractive to our residents and visitors.”
Citizens are encouraged to observe Georgia Cities Week by participating in the following events:
Monday, April 22: Customer Service Day, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m., Customer Service Center, 102 N. Lee Street. Citizens can meet face to face with their city council members and department heads, while browsing city information on the display table, reading “If I Were Mayor” contest essays and enjoying some complimentary refreshments.
Tuesday, April 23: WaterWorks Lunch & Learn, 12-1 p.m., Valdosta City Hall Annex Multi-Purpose Room, 300 N. Lee Street. Citizens will learn about the city’s water, wastewater and stormwater systems, as well as how the valuable resource is used for fire protection services. RSVP required by Monday, April 22.
Wednesday, April 24: Job Shadow Day, 8:30 a.m. – 1 p.m., Valdosta City Hall Annex, 300 N. Lee Street. Students from Valdosta High School Advancements via Individual Determination (AVID) program will job shadow city department heads and give presentations to the Valdosta Mayor, City Council and staff at a luncheon.
Thursday, April 25: Valdosta City Council Meeting, 5:30 p.m., City Hall, Council Chambers, 216 E. Central Avenue. Mayor John Gayle will recognize the winners of the “If I Were Mayor I Would…” 6th Grade Essay Contest.
Friday, April 26: Valdosta Police Department Career Exhibit, 11 a.m.- 1 p.m., Valdosta Mall, 1700 Norman Drive. Valdosta Police Department will host a booth in the center of the mall featuring career opportunities in municipal law enforcement.
Saturday, April 27: Great American Clean Up, 8:30-11:30 a.m., volunteers will meet in the Valdosta City Hall Annex Parking Lot on N. Lee Street. Volunteers and city staff will clean the neighborhood bordered by E. Gordon Street, N. Forrest Street, E. Magnolia Street and N. Troup Street. This neighborhood clean-up effort is part of America’s largest community improvement event, led nationally by Keep America Beautiful and locally by Keep Valdosta-Lowndes Beautiful (KVLB).
“Georgia Cities Week provides the perfect setting to be reminded of the positive steps we have taken and to invite our citizens to play an active role in the betterment of our community,” said Mayor Gayle.
Group tours of city facilities are also available during the celebratory week. For more information about Georgia Cities Week activities in Valdosta or to arrange a group tour, contact Public Information Officer Sementha Mathews at (229) 259-3548 or visit www.valdostacity.com/publicinformation.
Press Release from The City of Valdosta