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Medient gets its cue for studio groundbreaking

The groundbreaking has been set for Medient Studios' massive development planned in Effingham County.

July 15, 2013 | By Patrick Donahue | Business


Grant to GSU could help owners of rural businesses

Georgia Southern University's Bureau of Business Research and Economic Development (BBRED) has been awarded a $295,927 grant by the North American Development Bank (NADBank) to expand Georgia's Enterprise Network for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (GENIE) project.

July 15, 2013 | Staff report | Business


Governor ushers in inland ports deal for direct rail route

A new inland port agreement signed last week by Gov. Nathan Deal, the Georgia Ports Authority and Cordele Intermodal Services will create and expand international markets for regional business.

July 15, 2013 | Staff report | Business


GSU’s economic impact exceeds $500M

STATESBORO - The annual survey on the economic impact of the University System of Georgia reveals Georgia Southern University had a $524 million economic impact on Statesboro and the Bulloch County area and accounted for more than 6,500 jobs in fiscal year 2012.

July 11, 2013 | Staff report | Business


Study shows SSU has $148M impact on economy

SAVANNAH - An annual study of the economic impacts of University System of Georgia institutions released Wednesday proved that Savannah State University continues to be a major force in the local economy, pumping approximately $148 million into the Savannah metropolitan area during fiscal year 2012.

July 11, 2013 | Staff report | Business


Serving up a reception for a new practice

Effingham Health System welcomed its latest addition Monday with a reception for Dr. Xiaofeng "Frank" Zhong.

July 08, 2013 | By Paul Floeckher | Business


Studio ready to dig in with project

With the anticipated closing of the deal between Medient Studios and the Effingham Industrial Development Authority less than two weeks away, the first steps of work on the 1,550-acre site are under way, according to the company.

July 04, 2013 | Staff report | Business


Georgia Power seeking bump in electricity rates

The Georgia Public Service Commission is reviewing Georgia Power's request for an increase in its base rates filed with the PSC.

July 01, 2013 | Staff report | Business


Jobless rate rises across county, metro Savannah

ATLANTA - The Georgia Department of Labor announced Thursday that metro Savannah's unemployment rate increased to 7.9 percent in May, up eight-tenths of a percentage point from 7.1 percent in April.

June 27, 2013 | Staff report | Business


Jepson re-elected as chairman of GPA board

The Georgia Ports Authority board of directors has elected Robert S. Jepson Jr. of Savannah to serve a second term as chairman of the board. Jepson was first appointed to the board in 2008 and previously served as vice chairman. The new vice chairman will be James A. Walters, and Stephen S. Green will serve as secretary/treasurer.

June 25, 2013 | Staff report | Business


IDA approves bond resolution for Medient

The Effingham Industrial Development Authority's deal with a film studio took another step forward, as IDA members approved a bond resolution for the project.

June 24, 2013 | By Patrick Donahue | Business


Chamber ready to check out hotel-motel tax

The Effingham County Chamber of Commerce is making plans to put the hotel-motel excise tax receipts coming its way to use to spur tourism efforts.

June 20, 2013 | By Patrick Donahue | Business


More jobs created, but state jobless number rises

ATLANTA - The Georgia Department of Labor announced Thursday that Georgia's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate increased to 8.3 percent in May. The rate was up one-tenth of a percentage point from 8.2 percent in April, but it was down eight-tenths of a percentage point from 9.1 percent in May a year ago.

June 20, 2013 | Staff report | Business


EHS to open new offices in Effingham, Chatham counties

Effingham Health System will be celebrating the relocation of its ECB (Effingham-Chatham-Bryan) Occupational Medicine office and the opening of a brand new physician office in the next few weeks.

June 17, 2013 | Staff report | Business


IDA CEO says trip to China beneficial but no deal yet

Effingham Industrial Development Authority officials are hopeful another international project will be calling Effingham home soon.

June 13, 2013 | By Patrick Donahue | Business


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State jobless rate rises to 8.1 percent for August

ATLANTA-The Georgia Department of Labor announced Thursday that Georgia's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for August was 8.1 percent, up four-tenths of a percentage point from a revised 7.7 percent in July. The rate in August of last year was 8.2 percent.

September 18, 2014 | Staff report | Business


Logistics company to recruit workers in Springfield

The Georgia Department of Labor will host a recruitment next week to help Pinnacle Workforce Logistics hire about 30 workers for a warehouse in Pooler.

September 12, 2014 | Staff report | Business


A new name for studio, but focus remains same, CEO says

The CEO of Moon River Studios said Tuesday they are eyeing an early 2015 start date for construction on a massive studio project slated for Effingham County.

September 11, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Business


Labor Department to bring business, employer summit to Savannah

The Georgia Department of Labor and several employer committees in coastal Georgia will co-sponsor a business and employer summit Sept. 23 in Savannah.

September 08, 2014 | Staff report | Business


ASU quarterly report says coastal economy growing

Armstrong State University's latest Coastal Empire Economic Monitor reports the Savannah-area economy continued to expand during the second quarter of 2014 and should experience strong growth throughout the year.

September 04, 2014 | Staff report | Business


SBDC to present GrowSmart series for small businesses

SAVANNAH - In its 10th year, SBDC GrowSmart, the signature series of the University of Georgia Small Business Development Center, will begin Sept. 16 and consists of five modules over five weeks. Each module will focus on a particular topic, such as marketing, finance, and management, with the sessions lasting from 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

September 04, 2014 | Staff report | Business


Studio not only item on IDA’s menu

When a company planning a massive project in the community changes its name, it takes a little getting used to.

September 01, 2014 | By Paul Floeckher | Business


Mapping how to attract, keep tourists

Effingham County could shape itself into a draw for tourists, if enough resources are applied to making it happen, a state tourism official said Thursday.

August 25, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Business


Jobless rate nudges upward

ATLANTA - The Georgia Department of Labor announced that Effingham County's preliminary unemployment for July was 6.6 percent, up from June's rate of 6.4 percent. The rate is down from the July 2013 mark of 7.1 percent.

August 25, 2014 | Staff report | Business


Area economy back on the fast track

ST. SIMONS ISLAND - As director of Armstrong State University's Center for Regional Analysis, Michael Toma has been a bearer of grim economic tidings over the last several years. But Thursday morning, his remarks on the region's outlook appeared to be much more well-received.

August 21, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Business


IDA waits for answers on Medient master plan

While Effingham Industrial Development Authority members expect to get the master plan for Medient Studios' project, they also still have a slew of questions.

August 21, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Business


State jobless rate up to 7.8 percent

ATLANTA - The Georgia Department of Labor announced Thursday that Georgia's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for July was 7.8 percent, up four-tenths of a percentage point from 7.4 percent in June. The rate in July of last year was 8.3 percent.

August 18, 2014 | Staff report | Business


Medient unveils revised master plan

A studio planning on building a massive complex in Effingham County hopes to have its first building up and ready by the end of the year.

August 14, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Business


Georgia Ports hit all-time high in container traffic in July

The Georgia Ports Authority reached an all-time high in container trade in July, moving 293,889 20-foot equivalent container units, a 19.2 percent increase over the previous year.

August 14, 2014 | Staff report | Business


Chamber membership drive rolls on

The Effingham Chamber of Commerce's drive has brought in 27 new members, one renewal and two members upping their involvement to members of distinction level, Chamber Executive Director Rick Lott said.

August 11, 2014 | Staff report | Business


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