VALDOSTA – LOWNDES COUNTY
CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
November 5, 2014
Mr. John Quarterman, President
WWALS Watershed Coalition, Inc.
3338 Country Club Road #L336
Valdosta, GA 31605
Dear Mr. Quarterman:
Since 2004, our Chamber has worked diligently to retain college and university graduates in our community after graduation. We believe that the future of our local economy will improve only when more of our best and brightest decide to stay in Metro Valdosta after graduation. We have identified the factors that can inﬂuence young professionals in their decisions regarding a place to live and build a career and family. One of those factors is quality outdoor recreation opportunities.
I understand that WWALS Watershed Coalition is working with others to apply for a GRN grant for marketing existing facilities on the newly established Alapaha River Water Trail. I believe the Water Trail will be a very attractive recreation option for young professionals, making our community even more appealing to active young adults and their families.
Myrna H. Ballard
4l6 N.Ashley Street • Valdosta, Georgia 3l601 • 229.247.8100 p • 229.245.OO71 f • www.valdostachamber.com
To clarify, WWALS was awarded a $500 grant from Georgia River Network 19 June 2014.
WWALS thanks Myrna Ballard and the Chamber for their very generous letter of support.