Following the exciting announcement in recent weeks that Valdosta State University is getting the funds needed to finally build the Health Sciences Center, Gov. Nathan Deal is coming to town to help the community celebrate.
Sponsored by PCA, co-hosted by the Chamber, Breakfast with the Governor is scheduled for 7 to 8:30 a.m. Wednesday, April 25 at VSU’s University Center Magnolia Room. Chamber members pay $25 for registration and all others are $40.
In addition to Deal, all the members of our local legislative delegation will be present — Reps. Amy Carter, Ellis Black, and Jason Shaw, and Sen. Tim Golden. By working together, they were able to secure the $32 million necessary for the building.
And what does this have to do with business, some of you may be asking? Well, in terms of economic development, this is the biggest project that has come our way in years and it will have an impact for decades. By building this center, VSU can expand its programs in the medical field, especially in nursing which has a critical shortage right now. In addition, by partnering with SGMC, the community will hopefully see a residency program for physicians starting in the coming years. The hospital has been working with all the others in the region to qualify for the program through the Medical College of Georgia, and with a physician shortage also on the horizon, it will be a great way to attract talent here.
So yes, in terms of the benefits to business, this growth means jobs, housing, retail sales, and the retaining and attraction of quality professionals to Valdosta. It’s the kind of project that this community needs.
If you are interested in meeting Gov. Deal and hearing about the recent legislative session, call the Chamber and reserve your seat soon.
Belk Charity Sale this weekend
A number of charitable organizations around the community are selling tickets to the Belk Charity Sale Saturday. The organizations get to keep the $5 and you get to shop at the store from 6 to 10 a.m. and receive special discounts throughout the store, along with other perks. Tickets are also available at Belk. It’s a great way to help charities and get some retail therapy at the same time!