Central Valdosta Development Authority


Recognizing Downtown Valdosta as the historic core of the community, the Central Valdosta Development Authority manages the process of enhancing Downtown's position as the governmental, cultural, and economic center of the Greater Lowndes County area by involving businesses, property owners, government, churches, and the entire community.


The Authority consists of seven (7) members; four (4) of whom shall be owners of an interest of at least a life estate or greater interest in real estate located in the Central Valdosta Area, or officers at the time of appointment of a corporation or other association owning such real    estate or in fee or for life of an undivided interest in such real estate, and they shall be eligible to serve for the term for which they are appointed; one (1) member shall be the Mayor of the City of Valdosta by virtue of his office, or his Appointee; and two (2) members shall be at the time of their appointment, merchants or professional people operating businesses or practicing professions within the Central Valdosta Area.  All members except for the Mayor or his/her designee shall be appointed by the City Council and serve a two-year term.  All Board members must complete the State Development Authority Board Member Certification.  Board members should actively participate in one of three of the four Main Street committees (Design, Economic Restructuring, Promotions and Marketing) prior to being appointed to the Board.  Committee participation is required throughout the Board term.  Board members must be willing to commit to attend at least 90% of the regular monthly Board meetings in addition to Committee meetings. 

  • Daniel Bayman (Chairman) - Term Expires 12/31/22
  • Michael C. Lee - Term Expires 12/31/22
  • Jamie Phelps - Term Expires 12/31/22
  • Michael Cooper (Vice Chairman) - Term Expires 12/31/23
  • Edward J. Cochran - Term Expires 12/31/23
  • Rhett Holmes (Resigned) - Term Expires 12/31/23

Ex Officio

  • Vacant (Mayor's Representative)


The Central Valdosta Development Authority meets the Tuesday following the second Sunday of each month at 5:00 p.m.  All meetings are held in the Authority conference room in the City Hall Annex, Multi-Purpose Room, located at 300 North Lee Street.  View the 2022 CVDA Meeting Schedule.

Interested in Serving

Any City resident interested in serving on the Central Valdosta 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. 

More Information

For more information, please contact Teresa Bolden, City Clerk, at (229) 259-3503 or E-mail or contact Brandie Dame, Main Street Director, at (229) 259-259-3577 or E-mail.