Metro 17 Valdosta Produces New ‘Next Gen Valdosta’ Series Highlighting Local Industries

September 17, 2019

Metro 17 Valdosta Produces New ‘Next Gen Valdosta’ Series Highlighting Local Industries

Series highlights the next generation workforce in Valdosta and Lowndes County


The City of Valdosta and Valdosta-Lowndes County Development Authority are working to engage the community with a new video series Next-Gen Valdosta - Industry. This video series is a continuation of the original 'Next Gen Valdosta' started in March of 2019, which highlights city employees. The videos will be produced by the city's Metro 17 staff. The video series is aimed at educating citizens about the next generation workforce and industries within the City of Valdosta and Lowndes County. Existing industries include manufacturing, distributing, logistics, food processing, agri-business, and healthcare.

“These videos are important to not only showcase workforce but also highlight those industries within Valdosta-Lowndes County and the opportunities they have for our young people. Our hope is that these videos will just be another tool in our economic development toolbox when industries are looking to grow in our area,” said Andrea Schruijer, Executive Director, Valdosta-Lowndes County Development Authority.

"The Next Gen video series is a great platform to educate citizens about our younger workforce who are the future of the city. There are so many existing industries that offer positions and careers with the city that citizens may not know about. We wanted another way to inform them of these opportunities and at the same time highlight our incredible community," said Mark Barber, Valdosta City Manager.

The series will spotlight employees in their 20’s or 30’s throughout different industries in our community. 'Next-Gen Valdosta – Industry’ will be showcased on the city and VLCDA website and social media. The goal is to reach citizens and bring awareness to the different positions and career paths shown in the videos. The videos will be released every month. Metro 17 partners with Valdosta State University student interns to produce the ‘Next-Gen Valdosta' videos.

To see the first episode featuring Nature Nate’s Shipping and Warehouse Receiving Manager, Brent Auger, you can visit the Metro 17 section at the bottom of the City of Valdosta website or VLCDA.

For more information, contact, Marcus McConico, Media Coordinator at, (229) 671-3615 ext. 7515 or


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