VALDOSTA -- Representatives from the Valdosta-Lowndes County Chamber of Commerce will attend the Valdosta City Council work session on June 8 when the telecommunications issue is introduced.

At a board of directors meeting Wednesday, Chairman Jud Rackley indicated the Chamber would be represented at the Council meeting. The Chamber has formally opposed the proposal for the city to build a telecommunications network. Its representative on a committee studying the possibility was the only member to vote against proceeding with it.

As "the voice of business," the Chamber has stated that its members are concerned with having a governmental body compete with private enterprise. A formal presentation will be made to Council June 8, with possible action two days later at the regular Council meeting.

At its meeting, the Chamber board also conducted the following business:

Introduced a representative of Folkner Training Association, who stated that the next Dale Carnegie class will begin the end of June and seats are still available. Potential students can call the Chamber at 247-8100 for information;

Discussed the estimated $6,000 loss of revenue on the recent Business Expo;

The current governmental affairs representative on the Chamber staff, Mary Bione, is leaving and her replacement, Amy Karam, was introduced;

Heard a report from the governmental affairs committee concerning the Chamber's recent annual trip to Washington, D.C., to meet with the House and Senate members from Georgia, as well as representatives from the Pentagon;

Discussed the Hahira Business Card Social today at Jacob's Ladder Therapeutic Horse Camp from 5 to 7 p.m.

Discussed the World Class Employee recognition program. Information and a nomination form are available on the Chamber's Web site. The hourly wage winners of the awards in six service sector categories will receive $1,000 and be honored at a breakfast on Sept. 2. Nominations are accepted until July 9;

Announced the annual legislative luncheon, featuring Earl Rogers of the Georgia Chamber of Commerce speaking. The luncheon will be held June 17 at J.P. Muldoons;

Heard a report that the Chamber did not receive a $50,000 grant from the OneGeorgia Authority for the Triple Crown Hometowns program and will pursue other avenues of revenue;

Pledged its support to the Valdosta Regional Airport's runway expansion project and stated that the Chamber will assist in any way it can, following the recent announcement that the Airport's OneGeorgia grant request for $500,000 was denied.

To contact Business Editor Kay Harris, call 244-3400, ext. 280.

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