Tickets are on sale for the 2017 Bird Supper, scheduled for Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2017, at the historic Georgia Railroad Depot, in Atlanta, beginning at 5 p.m. The traditional event, sponsored by the Lowndes County Board of Commissioners and the City of Valdosta, brings together hundreds of state officials and local business, professional and government personnel for a dinner of quail and meaningful conversations.
"Professionals from all areas affected by legislative decisions should participate in this event, such as those from the business, education, development and construction, health care, industry, agriculture, and government, to name a few," said Lowndes County Chairman Bill Slaughter. "It is important to have events such as the Bird Supper that allow local leaders to meet with and become familiar with their legislators and state officials, as both sides benefit from understanding the needs and philosophies of the other and from listening, which ultimately leads to better-informed decision making."
The 2017 event is being held a few weeks earlier in the legislative session than in past years to allow attendees to have a greater impact on the issues affecting our community, region, and state. Community members who want to stay informed on the issues are encouraged to visit www.legis.ga.gov.
"The Bird Supper is the one event where you have the opportunity to not only voice your concerns and opinions about legislation that affects you and your business to our local delegation, but it also affords you the opportunity to get in front of other state leaders," said Valdosta Mayor John Gayle. "The event provides the opportunity that participants may not have at other times of the year, and particularly during the time of year when the Georgia Legislature is in session with critical bills before our representatives and senators. As a businessman, I encourage our local community stakeholders to be the voice for our community at this event in Atlanta."
Tickets may be purchased for $50 each at the Lowndes County Judicial-Administrative Complex, located at 327 North Ashley Street, First Floor-Utility Payment Window. Tickets are also available for purchase from the City Clerk at Valdosta City Hall, located at 216 E. Central Avenue.
For more information, contact Lowndes County Public Information Officer Paige Dukes at 229-671-2400 or City of Valdosta Public Information Officer Sementha Mathews at 229-259-3548. Information is also posted at the Lowndes County Bird Supper Facebook page, and requests may also be sent to BirdSupper@lowndescounty.com.