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Medient agrees to buy movie sales company

Medient Studios, Inc. has signed a memorandum of understanding to acquire 100 percent ownership of Germany-based Atlas International Film GmbH.

August 05, 2013 | Staff report | Business


DOT to halt road work near major shopping areas for weekend

Motorists heading out to the mall for back-to-school shopping during the sales tax holiday can better enjoy their travels through major shopping districts in southeast Georgia. The Georgia Department of Transportation announced that construction-related lane closures on all interstate and major state system highways within five miles of shopping malls or major shopping districts will be suspended beginning Friday at 8 a.m. until Saturday at 10 p.m.

August 05, 2013 | Staff report | Business


Another banner year for the ports

SAVANNAH - The Georgia Ports Authority marked record volumes for fiscal year 2013 in total tonnage, bulk cargo, total auto-machinery units and freight moved by intermodal rail.

July 29, 2013 | Staff report | Business


Effingham’s jobless rate rises

ATLANTA - The Georgia Department of Labor announced Thursday that Effingham County's unemployment rate for June was 7.6 percent, a rise of half a percentage point from the revised May figure of 7.1 percent. State statistics also show that Effingham's labor force size decreased, even as the number of unemployed workers rose.

July 25, 2013 | Staff report | Business


Brunswick port growing its wheat export business

A bumper crop of wheat has led to a booming export business at the Port of Brunswick, with the first export vessel of the season departing Thursday.

July 25, 2013 | Staff report | Business


Medient, IDA take another step forward

A film studio planning a mammoth development in Effingham County took another of its needed many big steps Monday afternoon.

July 22, 2013 | By Patrick Donahue | Business


State jobless rate climbs to 8.6 percent in June

ATLANTA - The Georgia Department of Labor announced Thursday that Georgia's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate increased to 8.6 percent in June. The rate was up three-tenths of a percentage point from 8.3 percent in May, but it was down five-tenths of a percentage point from 9.1 percent in June a year ago.

July 22, 2013 | Staff report | Business


Mobile center allows ports to keep going in a storm

The Georgia Ports Authority recently unveiled a new mobile command center. The MCC is a deployable unit from which the GPA can manage its entire operation.

July 18, 2013 | Staff report | Business


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


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IDA approves work for well on Medient tract

The plans for the largest movie studio complex in North America took a small but necessary step Wednesday evening.

April 21, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Business


Effingham IDA joins forces with World Trade Center Savannah

World Trade Center Savannah announced Monday that the Effingham County Industrial Development Authority has become a founding investor partner.

April 21, 2014 | Staff report | Business


Gulfstream named manufacturer of the year

ATLANTA - Gov. Nathan Deal presented Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation with the Georgia Manufacturer of the Year award in the large company category. A large company is considered to have more than 500 employees.

April 21, 2014 | Staff report | Business


State jobless rate falls to 7 percent

ATLANTA - The Georgia Department of Labor announced Thursday that Georgia's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate declined to 7.0 percent in March, the lowest rate since September 2008 when it was 6.8 percent. The rate was 7.1 percent in February and 8.4 percent in March a year ago.

April 17, 2014 | Staff report | Business


Job fair brings a crowd

The past four months have been frustrating for Katie Waldhour.

April 17, 2014 | By Paul Floeckher | Business


Medient sets up production slate for next two films

Medient Studios, Inc., announced it will be producing "Kickback," an espionage thriller inspired by real events in Russia.

April 14, 2014 | Staff report | Business


A banner month for Georgia Ports

The Georgia Ports Authority achieved its highest month on record in March, moving 2.61 million tons of cargo - a 15.5 percent increase over the same month a year ago.

April 14, 2014 | Staff report | Business


Office of Workforce Development realigned

The Georgia Department of Economic Development announced that the Governor's Office of Workforce Development has been repositioned under the umbrella of GDEcD as the new Workforce Division. This streamlined structure is intended to ensure that the state's workforce development efforts are aligned with the economic realities of the marketplace and what businesses need to succeed in Georgia.

April 14, 2014 | Staff report | Business


State economic development group earns exports honor

Gov. Nathan Deal announced Monday that the Georgia Department of Economic Development has been selected to receive the Presidential "E Star" Award for excellence in providing export programs and services.

April 07, 2014 | Staff report | Business


Chamber set to host job fair on April 15

The Effingham Chamber of Commerce is gearing up to host an Effingham County job fair April 15 from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Effingham College and Career Academy at 2940 Highway 21 N., Rincon.

April 03, 2014 | Staff report | Business


AASU report: Local economy expanded in 4th quarter of 2013

Armstrong Atlantic State University's latest Coastal Empire Economic Monitor reports the Savannah-area economy expanded rapidly during the fourth quarter of 2013 and should continue to experience significant growth throughout 2014.

March 31, 2014 | Staff report | Business


AgSouth posts record earnings

Customers in Effingham and two neighboring counties will receive nearly $382,000 from AgSouth Farm Credit's record earnings in 2013.

March 31, 2014 | Staff report | Business


Ambassadors get up-close look at Effingham County

A little more of the world visited Effingham County on Thursday.

March 27, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Business


Effingham jobless rate falls

ATLANTA - The Georgia Department of Labor announced Thursday that the unemployment rate in the Coastal Georgia region decreased to 7.2 percent in February, down three-tenths of a percentage point from 7.5 percent in January. The rate was 8.6 percent in February a year ago.

March 27, 2014 | Staff report | Business


Medient plans to start work on studio soon

A massive studio project planned for Effingham County has settled on a general contractor and has picked a construction start date.

March 24, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Business


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