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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


Savannah SHRM chapter hosts annual retreat

The Savannah Area Chapter of the Society of Human Resource Management hosted their annual HR retreat for 125 attendees from Georgia, Florida and South Carolina on July 24 in downtown Savannah at the Embassy Suites.

August 11, 2014 | Staff report | Business


Medient ready to deliver revised master plan

The new master plan for a planned massive film production studio could be in the hands of Effingham County officials as soon as Friday, the studio CEO said.

August 07, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Business


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Bennett named IDA chairman as Webb steps down

The Effingham Industrial Development Authority's board is under new leadership, as one of its most senior members was voted in as chairman Thursday night.

March 24, 2015 | By Patrick Donahue | Business


Studio CEO ‘happy’ with progress

The head of the massive movie studio complex to be built in Effingham County told members of the Effingham Industrial Development Authority that progress continues to be made on the project.

March 24, 2015 | By Patrick Donahue | Business


Retiring Tanksley to be honored at reception

The Effingham Herald and CEO Charles H. Morris will host a reception for retiring Effingham Herald Publisher Karen Tanksley on April 2 from 4-5:30 p.m. at the community room at Effingham Chamber of Commerce, 520 W. 3rd Street in Springfield, according to Joe McGlamery, regional vice president for Morris' southeast Georgia publications.

March 24, 2015 | Staff report | Business


Another big month for ports

The Georgia Ports Authority marked strong and sustained growth across all major markets in the month of February, including bulk, breakbulk, autos and machinery, and containerized freight.

March 24, 2015 | Staff report | Business


State DOL to help Rincon transformer plant recruit workers

ATLANTA - The Georgia Department of Labor will help Georgia Transformer Corporation (GTC), formerly EFACEC, recruit 32 workers for its manufacturing plant in Rincon. The company manufactures high-voltage transformers for utility companies.

March 19, 2015 | Staff report | Business


Effingham jobless rate holds steady at 5.4 percent

ATLANTA - The Georgia Department of Labor announced that Effingham County's unemployment rate for January remained unchanged from December, staying level at 5.4 percent.

March 17, 2015 | Staff report | Business


Brown named employee of the year for EHS

Rose Brown loves her job with Effingham Health System.

March 10, 2015 | Staff report | Business


UPS honors Guyton driver

ATLANTA - UPS announced 71 elite drivers from Georgia, including an Effingham County resident, are among 1,445 newly inducted worldwide into the Circle of Honor, an honorary organization for UPS drivers who have achieved 25 or more years of accident-free driving.

March 10, 2015 | Staff report | Business


State unemployment rate tumbles to 6.3 percent

ATLANTA - The Georgia Department of Labor announced that the state's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for January was 6.4 percent, its lowest level since July 2008 when it was 6.3 percent. The rate was down two-tenths of a percentage point from a revised 6.6 percent in December. The rate in January 2014 was 7.3 percent.

March 10, 2015 | Staff report | Business


Former Moon River board member joins FONU2

FONU2, Inc., announced Wednesday that Joseph Giamichael has been appointed to the company's board of directors and the company will move its corporate headquarters to Effingham County.

March 06, 2015 | Staff Report | Business


Studio cites progress with finances, plans

Work is expected to start soon on a massive movie studio complex planned for southern Effingham County.

March 03, 2015 | By Patrick Donahue | Business


Georgia Chamber backs revised transportation plan

STATESBORO - The Georgia Chamber of Commerce took no position on the original version of House Bill 170. But the state's largest business advocacy organization has endorsed subsequent versions, and Georgia Chamber CEO Chris Clark said Monday that annual spending for highway improvements in the state needs to be increased by $1 billion.

March 03, 2015 | By Al Hackle | Business


New Ad Agency offers Digital Options

Business owners and managers in the Effingham County area now have a new digital agency to help grow their customer base.

February 17, 2015 | Staff Report | Business


Free seminar offers Internet help

Mike Blinder is a successful small business owner and one of his favorite things to do is share his experience and expertise.

February 12, 2015 | Staff Report | Business


Moon River completes deal with Fonu2

The reorganization of Moon River Studios is now complete, CEO Jake Shapiro said Tuesday afternoon, as its lease on its Effingham County property has been acquired by a new investor.

February 10, 2015 | By Patrick Donahue | Business


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