The Valdosta Chamber and Georgia Power are looking towards the future by kicking off the brand new Valdosta Young Professionals program.
As the population of young professionals grows in Valdosta, there has become more of a need for them to feel at home and get connection to the community. With this in mind, the group has been established and is open to those who live, work or do business in Metro Valdosta.
There is no cost to join VYP. Anyone between the ages of 21 and 40 are encouraged to become members.
“Our mission is to share our passion for Valdosta with like-minded young professionals through networking, community involvement and educational opportunities,” shared Lauren Pope, Director of Communications & Marketing at the Chamber. “I am looking forward to not only the opportunities for growth, but the fellowship.”
VYP will host member events in both social and educational settings. The members will also be encouraged to “plug in” to existing community events to make them even stronger.
Chloe Wade, Director of Membership & Events at the Chamber, is especially excited for the group’s foundation considering her circumstances.
“I have only lived in Valdosta for a few months and have been looking for a way to feel more connected to the community. I know that Valdosta Young Professionals will help me network and make Valdosta feel like home,” she said.
“Before moving here, I was a part of the largest young professionals group in the country in Ohio and I got to see firsthand how it not only helped the member, but their employers, too. These groups teach members professionalism and creates a well-rounded employee,” Wade added.
The group is sponsored by Georgia Power.
“Georgia Power is proud to sponsor a group with such a positive impact on the entire community. It is something I fully plan on getting my younger employees involved in. Having a group like this when I was younger really would have helped shape my career path,” shared Georgia Power’s Area Manager, Joe Brownlee.
Anyone interested in joining or having an employee join Valdosta Young Professionals can contact the Chamber at 229-247-8100 ext 231 or visit www.ValdostaChamber.com.
PHOTO CAPTION: Georgia Power Area Manager Joe Brownlee sponsors Valdosta Young Professionals.