By Carol A. Gasser Moore
VALDOSTA, Georgia – More people may be seen in Downtown Valdosta in the near future. Lowndes County is becoming “greener” and driving people toward enjoying Downtown Valdosta. They plan to install electric auto charging stations which may be an additional reason to bring people to Downtown Valdosta.
Lowndes County has jointly collaborated with Georgia Power which is expected to be a fantastic win win collaboration for Downtown Valdosta. The joint collaboration will bring new electric vehicle (EV) charging stations in the Lowndes County Judicial and Administrative Complex Parking Lot.
As people with electric vehicle’s know, all electric vehicle drivers have a screen in their vehicle that navigates them to where charging stations are located. Country leaders felt that by offering auto electric charging stations combined with Valdosta being right off of I-75 and Highway 84, Lowndes County leaders felt that having the stations would encourage more people to visit and enjoy Downtown Valdosta.
“There’s a lot of exciting things going on downtown. Right now, Lowndes County is investing $14 million in our downtown,” Paige Dukes, Lowndes County manager, said. “We’re on the cusp of a tremendous explosion here in our community as far as downtown goes. I mean these EV charging stations are just one part of that. So we’re excited to have another reason to bring people downtown. As we move forward we will look at more opportunities for additional stations in the future.”