Mayor & Council Goals

Fiscal Year 2021

The following goals and action items were approved at the March 13-14 Mayor-Council Strategic Initiatives Summit (SIS).

Goals:

  1. Proceed with the next phase of the Southside Redevelopment plan by acquiring properties, marketing to developers and promoting the availability of Federal Opportunity Zone, State Opportunity Zone and Military Opportunity Zone incentives.
  2. Collaborate with the community and regional leaders to continue advocacy efforts on behalf of Moody Air Force Base in support of its value to national defense and our community and seek opportunities for base growth and expansion in preparation for any potential future Base Realignment and Closure Commissions (BRAC)

  3. Hold joint meetings of the city elected officials and staff with school system and the VLDA to identify and encourage good life decisions for our youth and to help prepare them for the workforce and future success by developing a plan to expand youth involvement in workforce development initiatives.
  4. Develop and distribute an RFQ to initiate exploration of moving forward with a Public Transportation initiative.
  5. Hold quarterly meetings with the county and neighbor cities to ensure mutual growth and collaborative planning

Action Items:

  1. In collaboration with the Valdosta Housing Authority, develop a plan to gain public and private support for a mixed-use housing development.
  2. Continue to identify funding sources to move forward with the Lee Street Park Amphitheater.
  3. Purchase the old Valdosta High School for a Performing Arts Center
  4. Explore opportunities for transitioning to recycling drop sites in FY21 to include incentives to increase recycling along with the promotion and education of citizens.

Fiscal Year 2020

The following goals and action items were approved at the March 15-16 Mayor-Council Strategic Initiatives Summit (SIS).

Goals:

  1. Development Authority and others to enhance economic development in the City and the community.  Continue to work in partnership with the Valdosta-Lowndes Development Authority
     
  2. Continue to operate the City in a fiscally responsible manner
     
  3. Collaborate with the community and regional leaders to continue advocacy efforts on behalf of Moody Air Force Base in support of its value to national defense and our community and seek opportunities for base growth and expansion in preparation for any potential future Base Realignment and Closure Commissions (BRAC)
     
  4. Conduct meetings of City elected officials and staff with school system and parents to identify and encourage good life decisions for our youth and to help prepare them for future success
     
  5. Form committee & conduct study for Public Transportation for the City of Valdosta
     
  6. Develop a plan to review and revise the city charter in phases – Mayor will appoint a review committee
     
  7. Revise the Entertainment Ordinance for Downtown Valdosta to accommodate Special Event privileges
     
  8. Hold quarterly meetings with the county and neighbor cities to ensure mutual growth and collaborative planning

Action Items:

  1. In collaboration with the Valdosta Housing Authority, develop a plan to gain public and private support for a mixed-use housing development
  2. Report/brainstorm with planning and zoning other ways to encourage in-fill development and commercial/residential development in the city
  3. Update sidewalk/pedestrian/Bicycle Master Plan
  4. Research other revenue sources to be beneficial for the City of Valdosta
  5. Explore options to clean and enhance the beauty of Valdosta through partnerships and community engagement
  6. Work on revamping downtown programs to generate more interest and energy downtown