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State unemployment rate dips to 7.1 percent

ATLANTA - The Georgia Department of Labor announced that Georgia's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate decreased to 7.1 percent in February, down two-tenths of a percentage point from 7.3 percent in January. The rate was 8.5 percent in February a year ago.

March 20, 2014 | Staff report | Business


Chamber welcomes new businesses

The Effingham Chamber of Commerce celebrated ribbon cuttings for Howard Family Dental and That Dress.

March 17, 2014 | Staff report | Business


Ameris to acquire The Coastal Bank

Ameris Bancorp, the parent company of Ameris Bank, announces the acquisition of The Coastal Bank (Coastal Bankshares, Inc), scheduled to close in the third quarter of 2014. Once this merger is finalized, Ameris Bank will be the largest community bank on the Georgia coast.

March 17, 2014 | Staff report | Business


Effingham jobless rate up slightly from December’s mark

ATLANTA – The Georgia Department of Labor announced Thursday that the unemployment rate in the Coastal Georgia region increased to 7.5 percent in January, up three-tenths of a percentage point from 7.2 percent in December. The rate was 8.9 percent in January a year ago.

March 13, 2014 | Staff report | Business


Savannah Tech’s impact approaches $57M

In fiscal year 2012, Savannah Technical College had an economic impact on its four-county service area of nearly $57 million with spending directly or indirectly related to the college, according to a new study released by the Terry College of Business at the University of Georgia.

March 10, 2014 | Staff report | Business


State Labor Department to help AT&T recruit wire technicians

ATLANTA - The Georgia Department of Labor will help AT&T recruit a number of wire technicians to install U-verse integrated digital TV, high-speed internet, and voice services.

March 10, 2014 | Staff report | Business


State jobless rate falls to 7.4 percent

ATLANTA - The Georgia Department of Labor announced that Georgia's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate decreased to 7.3 percent in January, down one-tenth of a percentage point from 7.4 percent in December. The rate was 8.6 percent in January a year ago.

March 10, 2014 | Staff report | Business


IDA, Chamber to work on contract agreement

Effingham Industrial Development Authority members tabled action on their contract with the Effingham Chamber of Commerce. But IDA members backed the relationship between the two organizations.

March 03, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Business


‘Operation: Workforce’ tries to fill mission of jobs for vets

Operation: Workforce, an online one-stop shop portal for all veteran employment issues in Georgia, is currently serving more than 1,700 veterans and 730 Georgia employers. Created in November 2012, the site was launched by the Governor's Office of Workforce Development as a part of Gov. Nathan Deal's veteran-specific initiative to help connect our heroes with meaningful employment.

March 03, 2014 | Staff report | Business


Interest builds again in IDA’s Treutlen site

The loss of a Chinese phosphate company hasn't slowed the Effingham Industrial Development Authority.

February 27, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Business


Effingham Women in Business to hold meet and greet, expo

Effingham Women in Business will host a meet and greet and mini business expo event March 11 from 6:30-8 p.m. at Faith Presbyterian Church's social hall. The church is located at 2000 Lexington Ave. in Rincon just past Macomber Ball Park.

February 27, 2014 | Staff report | Business


Medient expected to have master plan finished soon

Medient Studios is expected to present a master plan in the next 30 days for its planned production complex, according to Effingham Industrial Development Authority CEO John Henry.

February 24, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Business


PSC members support federal loans for Vogtle

Commissioners Lauren "Bubba" McDonald Jr. (R-Habersham County) and Doug Everett (R-Albany) are applauding the U.S. Energy Department's finalization of $6.5 billion in federal loan guarantees to assist Georgia Power with the construction of two new units at its Alvin W. Vogtle Nuclear Power Plant.

February 24, 2014 | Staff report | Business


Georgia Ports start off 2014 with strong month

The Georgia Ports Authority opened calendar year 2014 with a strong January, achieving gains of 12.5 percent in 20-foot equivalent container units (TEUs) and 7.3 percent in overall tonnage, compared to January 2013.

February 20, 2014 | Staff report | Business


New group on the job at Effingham Hospital ER

Effingham Health System officially welcomed a team of doctors Monday who will take the hospital to "the next level of care," according to CEO Norma Jean Morgan.

February 17, 2014 | By Paul Floeckher | Business


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Could you afford to live to 100?

Here's an interesting statistic: Over the past three decades, the centenarian population in the U.S. has grown about 66 percent, according to the ...

September 02, 2015 | By Ryan Waters | Business


Chamber annual retreat takes a new direction

ST. SIMONS ISLAND-The Effingham Chamber of Commerce's annual community retreat took a different direction this year.

August 25, 2015 | By Patrick Donahue | Business


IDA turns on the financing power for solar farm

Effingham County Industrial Development Authority members have given a green light to a solar power project.

August 25, 2015 | By Patrick Donahue | Business


Goodbye child care costs, hello college savings

If you're a working parent, you know firsthand about the difficulties of finding quality, affordable care for your children. But eventually, your kids head ...

August 19, 2015 | By Ryan Waters | Business


Effingham Extended Care Facility reaches Gold standard

Effingham Extended Care Facility has been recognized as a 2015 recipient of the Gold– Excellence in Quality Award for superior performance in the long term ...

August 19, 2015 | Staff report | Business


Kessler wins GFB hay contest

Effingham County Farm Bureau member Andrew Kessler won the use of a Vermeer 604N baler, compliments of the Vermeer Manufacturing Company for winning the 2014 ...

August 19, 2015 | Staff report | Business


Studio gets county permits

FONU2, Inc. announced Monday that Effingham County has approved Moon River Studios' initial permit request to begin construction of the entrance, roads, and water lines ...

August 18, 2015 | Staff report | Business


Scene set for studioplex work to start

Major work on a proposed massive studio complex can start soon, after the Effingham County commissioners approved the Moon River Studios' master plan.

July 28, 2015 | By Patrick Donahue | Business


Jobless rate in metro Savannah, coastal Georgia inches up

ATLANTA-The Georgia Department of Labor announced Thursday that the unemployment rate in the Coastal Georgia region in June was 6.4 percent, up four-tenths ...

July 28, 2015 | Staff report | Business


Ports break record for TEUs moved

The Georgia Ports Authority moved a record 3.66 million 20-foot equivalent container units in fiscal year 2015, an increase of more than half a ...

July 28, 2015 | Staff report | Business


State opens inland terminal in mountains

Gov. Nathan Deal, the Georgia Ports Authority, Murray County and CSX Transportation signed a memorandum of agreement Tuesday to establish the Appalachian Regional Port in ...

July 28, 2015 | Staff report | Business


Chamber to host Lunch ’n Learn at ECCA

Effingham Chamber of Commerce is announcing its next Chamber Lunch 'n Learn meeting to be held Aug. 12 from 11:30 a.m.-1p.m ...

July 21, 2015 | Staff report | Business


DuVall joins Moon River as vice president of equipment rental

FONU2, Inc. announced that Robert DuVall has joined Moon River Studios as vice president of equipment rental.

July 14, 2015 | Staff report | Business


ATLANTA—The Georgia Department of Labor will host a recruitment this week in Savannah. The recruitme

Gov. Nathan Deal announced that Georgia-lensed feature film and television productions generated an economic impact of more than $6 billion during fiscal year 2015 (July ...

July 14, 2015 | Staff report | Business


State Labor Department to help recruit for area Burger King locations

ATLANTA-The Georgia Department of Labor will host a recruitment this week in Savannah. The recruitment will be held in the GDOL's Savannah Career ...

July 14, 2015 | Staff report | Business


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