The Valdosta-Lowndes County Development Authority is responsible for the proper applications of those powers associated with the promotion and encouragement of the location and expansion of industry, agriculture, trade, and commerce in Valdosta and Lowndes County. Other responsibilities of the Development Authority include the following: (1) to buy, acquire, develop, improve, own, operate, maintain, sell, lease and mortgage land, buildings, and property, (2) to grant, loan, or lease Development Authority funds and/or property to private persons or corporations operating or proposing to operate any industrial establishment, (3) to encourage industrial and agricultural development in Valdosta and Lowndes County, (4) to encourage the location of new industries in Valdosta and Lowndes County, (5) to elect Development Authority officers from the Authority’s membership, (6) to appoint and select staff and agents and set compensation, and (7) to adopt and amend bylaws and regulations for the conduct and management of the Authority.
The Valdosta-Lowndes County Development Authority consists of five members with two members appointed by the City, two by the County, and one joint appointment by the City and County. Members will serve a five-year term.
- Thomas B. Call, Jr. (Chairman) - Term Expires 01/01/21
- Jerry Jennett (Secretary/Treasurer) - Term Expires 01/01/22
- Roy Copeland (Vice Chairman) * - Term Expires 01/01/19
- Mary Gooding - Term Expires 01/01/18
- Terri Lupo - Term Expires 01/01/20
* Joint Appointment - Appointed by the County on 01/28/14 and approved by the City on 02/06/14.
The Valdosta-Lowndes County Development Authority meets the third Tuesday of each month at 5:30 p.m. at the Authority’s Office located at 103 Roosevelt Drive. View the 2017 Development Authority Meeting Schedule.
Interested in Serving
Any City resident interested in serving on the Valdosta-Lowndes County Development Authority should submit a completed General Membership Application and a signed Code of Ethics Form to Teresa Bolden, City Clerk, located in the City Manager and Mayor's office in City Hall, 216 East Central Avenue, Valdosta, GA 31601.
For more information, please contact Teresa Bolden, City Clerk, at (229) 259-3503 or E-mail or contact Andrea Schruijer, Executive Director, Valdosta-Lowndes County Development Authority, at (229) 259-9972 or E-mail, or visit the Development Authority website.