Valdosta Business Signs
Valdosta is a city located on the southernmost border of the present-day U.S. state of Georgia. Prior to European meddling and United States conquest, this area was inhabited by various native peoples such as the Timucua, Hitchiti, Seminoles, and Creeks. Eventually, the government of the United States forcibly removed these tribes. As for Valdosta, Georgia itself, this city was originally incorporated on December 7th, 1860, following completion on construction of the nearby Atlantic and Gulf Railroad. Valdosta, Georgia was named after Governor George Troup’s slave plantation, Val d’Osta. Troup named his plantation after the Valle d’Aosta in Italy. In Latin, this translates to “the vale of Augustus.”
Today, according to a 2016 estimate by the U.S. Census Bureau, Valdosta, Georgia has a total population of 56,474 people. This makes it the fourteenth most populous city in the state of Georgia. Valdosta is also considered the principal city of the Valdosta Metropolitan Statistical Area. The Valdosta Metropolitan Statistical Area, according to that same estimate, has a total population of 139,588 people.
Due to the abundance of azaleas which grow in the area, Valdosta, Georgia has often been called ‘Azalea City’. In fact, Valdosta, Georgia hosts an annual Azalea Festival every March. Valdosta, Georgia is also considered the manufacturing hub of southern Georgia. Its resources include tobacco, naval stores such as turpentine, pine lumber, and pulpwood. As reported in 2014 by the Georgia Department of Community Affairs, Valdosta, Georgia is considered the “Naval Stores Capital of the World” as it supplies 80% of the world’s demand for naval stores.
Valdosta, Georgia is also home to Moody Air Force Base, which is part of Air Combat Command (ACC). Moody Air Force Base was built in 1941 and garrisons the 23rd Wing. The base was originally known as Valdosta Airfield, but two months after its opening it was renamed in honor of Major George Putnam Moody, an Air Force pioneer, who died earlier that year.
Valdosta, Georgia also houses Valdosta State University, which began as South Georgia State Normal College in 1906. Today, Valdosta State University has an endowment of $20,868,659, with 11,563 students enrolled in total as of the 2013-2014 fiscal year. The Valdosta State University Blazers, who play in NCAA Division II – Gulf South, have won 7 NCAA national championships in total.
Elsewhere in Valdosta, Georgia is the “notorious” wakeboarding facility Valdosta Wake Compound. Valdosta Wake Compound, which was established in 2012, is home to events like the Valdosta Yard Sale. The Valdosta Yard Sale is a WWA pro athlete event, and is even considered the world’s biggest wakeboarding event.
However, despite all these wakeboarding events and NCAA national championships, Valdosta, Georgia’s main athletic pride is undoubtedly the Valdosta High School Wildcats. This high school football team, according to the 2009 National High School Sports Record Book, “has the most winning football program of any high school in the United States.” Indeed, the Valdosta High Wildcats have won a startling 913 games over the years, including 41 regional titles, 24 Georgia State Championships, and six National Championships.
Is there any chance you might be the owner of a small business in and/or around the Valdosta, Georgia area? Are you considering embarking upon such an exciting quest? Well, in that case, look no further! The resources listed below will help you complete such a task:
Apply for a Business License in Valdosta, Georgia:
Valdosta, Georgia Small Business Development Center:
Valdosta-Lowndes County Chamber of Commerce:
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