The Industrial Authority has a spiffy new website under a new domain, buildlowndes.com, and with their new logo, formerly only on their facebook page. Their meeting agenda for tonight, however, is the same old recycled content-free placeholder.
I sure don't miss the old hexagon menu, the new menu is up top and usable before they waste a bunch of space with stock photos. The Our Team page even links to the Linkedin profiles of Andrea Schruijer and Meghan Duke. While Allan Ricketts does have a Linkedin profile, it's not very fleshed out and they don't link to it.
The Recent Investments page is interesting, although it would be more so if
"BUILDING A GROUND BREAKING COMMUNITY."
There's a link to valdostalowndesprospector.com, which confusingly doesn't say that when you get there; it just has the same Valdosta Lowndes Industrial Authority logo as the main site.
The local government page is confused, with its link to "City & County Commission". Pretending they're a merged government, are we? That doesn't really help industrial development: Dublin and Laurens County are not merged, and they just keep bringing in the business, such as MAGE SOLAR, car part manufacturer Erdrich, and those solar street lights.
The Target Industry Clusters page lists Advance[d] Manufacturing, Value Added Agriculture & Food Processing, Green Technology & Alternative Energy, and Warehousing & Distribution. All good choices, although maybe one of Augusta-Richmond County's advantages that let it be second in the country in high tech job growth was picking a term they could spell. It's good to see VLCIA is for agriculture, unlike the Chamber. The Industrial Authority's take is getting close to Wiregrass Alley. I wonder why "Alternative" energy instead of renewable energy, and the one-line writeup says nothing about solar or wind, and could still include biomass. But at least it's on the list, and there's nothing about wanting a private prison.
Anyway, I think the website is a big improvement, although there's still room for further improvement. Here's the agenda for tonight's meeting, changed only in the dates of this meeting, of the previous meeting minutes (which are still not available to the public), and of the financial statements.
Valdosta-Lowndes County Industrial Authority
Tuesday, January 15, 2013 5:30 p.m.
Industrial Authority Conference Room
2110 N. Patterson Street
- Call to Order
- Welcome Guests
- Regular Meeting, December 18, 2012
- Review Compiled Balance Sheet and Income Statements for December 2012
Public Relations & Marketing Update-Meghan Duke
Existing Industry/Project Report-Allan Ricketts
Business/Industrial Park Update- Allan Ricketts
Executive Director's Report- Andrea Schruijer
Citizens to Be Heard
Adjourn General Meeting
- Mission of the Valdosta Lowndes County Industrial Authority is to
lead economic development in our community by supporting existing industries
- recruiting industries through capitalizing on opportunities for collaboration.