Written by Jessica Ingram
This week, cities across the state of Georgia are celebrating Georgia Municipal Association’s Georgia Cities Week from April 20-27.
GCW is an opportunity for cities to share with their communities about services offered and how the city has an impact on citizens’ lives.
Each year there is a theme for the GCW. This year’s theme is “Cities: Where The Action Is.”
According to Sementha Mathews, public information officer for the City of Valdosta, Valdosta has been participating in the statewide event for the past 12 years.
“We enjoy the week because it gives us an opportunity to showcase the work that city employees do year round for our citizens,” Mathews said.
Monday was Customer Service Day where citizens were able to meet their city council members and department heads. Citizens were also able to read the If I Were Mayor contest essays.
Sixth graders from the community wrote If I were Mayor, I Would essays earlier in the year and the first, second and third place winners will be recognized at the City Council meeting today.
Citizens were able to attend the WaterWorks Lunch & Learn on Tuesday. Citizens that attended learned about the water, wastewater and stormwater systems. Another topic of interest at the event was how resources are used for fire protection services.
Valdosta High School students in the Advancements via Individual Determination program were able to shadow city department heads on Wednesday.
Today at 5:30 p.m., there will be a Valdosta City Council Meeting where all citizens are welcomed to attend.
On Friday, there will be a Valdosta Police Department Career Exhibit from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the center of the mall with information regarding careers in the municipal law enforcement.
The final event of GCW is the Great American Clean Up on Saturday morning from 8:30-11:30 a.m. Volunteers and city staff will clean East Gordon Street, North Forrest Street, East Magnolia Street and North Troup Street.
The cleanup is part of Keep America Beautiful and Keep Valdosta-Lowndes Beautiful (KVLB.)
The city picks activities that will enable different age groups and people with different interests to participate, according to Mathews.
Mathews said she did not know what the turnout this year for events would be, but the city hopes for several hundred people to participate in the events throughout the week.
For more information contact Sementha Mathews at (229) 259-3548 or visit the City of Valdosta’s website.