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New Medient master plan expected soon

The revised master plan for a planned massive studioplex in Effingham County could be finished within two weeks, Industrial Development Authority members learned Thursday.

July 17, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Business


Chamber effort teaches businesses how to protect themselves

Many consumers recall being affected by, or at least hearing about, thieves hacking into credit and debit card data of millions of Target customers this past holiday season.

July 14, 2014 | By Paul Floeckher | Business


State high court rejects class-action suit on G-P

State Supreme Court justices ruled Friday that a group of homeowners are not entitled to bring a class-action lawsuit against Georgia-Pacific's Savannah River Mill.

July 14, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Business


Former Medient CEO gets hearing date for injunction

A Nevada judge has granted a temporary restraining order to the former CEO and chairman of Medient Studios.

July 10, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Business


Effingham IDA sets budget for upcoming fiscal year

The Effingham Industrial Development Authority has approved a $6.49 million budget for its coming fiscal year, making no significant changes to its draft budget.

June 30, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Business


Shareholder sues Medient

A Medient shareholder has filed suit against its current board of directors and its ousted CEO and board chairman, claiming the company has breached its fiduciary duty and the defendants are guilty of "gross mismanagement."

June 30, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Business


Rural Physician Bus Tour makes a stop at Effingham Health System

Effingham Health System hosted physicians, health care organization representatives and health information technology experts June 25 during a Rural Physician Bus Tour, an event designed to provide information and technical assistance on the Meaningful Use Attestation process.

June 30, 2014 | Staff report | Business


Morgan re-elected to Georgia Health Care Association board

Effingham Health System Chief Executive Officer Norma Jean Morgan recently was re-elected to the Georgia Health Care Association board of directors at the summer board meeting.

June 30, 2014 | Staff report | Business


SEC halts Medient stock trading

The ousted CEO and chairman of the board has filed suit against the remaining Medient Studios board members, and the Securities and Exchange Commission has suspended trading in Medient's stock until July 9.

June 26, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Business


CNBC rates Georgia tops for business

Gov. Nathan Deal is celebrating the announcement by CNBC that named Georgia as the No. 1 place for business in the nation.

June 26, 2014 | Staff report | Business


Slight rise in unemployment for Coastal Georgia

ATLANTA - The Georgia Department of Labor announced Thursday that the unemployment rate in the Coastal Georgia region increased to 7.5 percent in May, up eight-tenths of a percentage point from 6.7 percent in April. The rate was 8.1 percent in May a year ago.

June 26, 2014 | Staff report | Business


IDA holds off on Medient supplemental agreement

A supplemental project agreement between the Effingham Industrial Development Authority and a film studio planning to build a massive production facility in Effingham is on hold, as the studio reorganizes its leadership.

June 23, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Business


Site selector gets option on part of Treutlen site

The Effingham Industrial Development Authority has entered into a purchase option with site selector for about 21 acres at the Governor Treutlen site.

June 23, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Business


Foster to retire as bank’s leader

FCB Financial Holdings, Inc., parent of First Chatham Bank, has announced the retirement of Brian Foster as president and CEO of both the holding company and bank.

June 23, 2014 | Staff report | Business


Walters named new GPA board chairman

The Georgia Ports Authority board of directors elected James A. Walters of Gainesville to serve as chairman.

June 23, 2014 | Staff report | Business


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Chamber job fair brings in crowd of employers, applicants

Jobseekers eagerly awaited the Effingham Chamber of Commerce's second annual job fair. So much so they were lined up well before the doors of the Effingham College and Career Academy opened.

May 19, 2015 | By Patrick Donahue | Business


A booming month for ports

Port of Savannah container volumes jumped 25.8 percent in April, with a total volume of 335,337 20-foot equivalent container units, or an additional 69,000 units. The Georgia Ports Authority also saw strong growth in roll-on/roll-off traffic, moving 77,574 units through Brunswick and Savannah, a 14.1 percent gain.

May 19, 2015 | Staff report | Business


Volvo turns to South Carolina

Volvo Cars has chosen Berkeley County in South Carolina as the location of its first American factory, investing up to $500 million in a facility with a capacity to initially produce up to 100,000 cars per year.

May 12, 2015 | Staff report | Business


Chamber job fair set for Wednesday

The Effingham Chamber of Commerce will hold a job fair Wednesday at the Effingham College and Career Academy.

May 08, 2015 | Staff report | Business


State’s lures could reel in big catch for area, say legislators

The state is making inroads with economic development, members of Effingham County's General Assembly delegation, and the next big prize could be an automobile manufacturer.

May 05, 2015 | By Patrick Donahue | Business


GFB starts Foundation for Agriculture

Georgia Farm Bureau members held their inaugural gala last month for the GFB Foundation for Agriculture at the Evergreen Marriott Resort in Stone Mountain Park. Rolling Stones keyboardist Chuck Leavell, who grows timber with his wife, Rose Lane, on their middle Georgia farm, performed at the event.

April 29, 2015 | Staff report | Business


Studio gets closer to releasing long-awaited ‘Yellow’

As plans to bring water and power to a sprawling studio site in Effingham County take shape, the final cut of the long-awaited film "Yellow" could be ready soon, too, according to Moon River Studio officials.

April 28, 2015 | By Patrick Donahue | Business


Joint development authority could be clearing way for Volvo

The recently formed Savannah Harbor-Interstate 16 Joint Corridor Development Authority has filed an application with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for a 1,904.5-acre project site to "construct a mega-site manufacturing facility" at Highway 280 and I-16, according to a public notice filed Thursday.

April 28, 2015 | By Jeff Whitten Bryan County News | Business


Former chairman Webb thanked for his service to Effingham IDA

Dennis Webb returned to the Effingham Industrial Development Authority to receive the board's gratitude.

April 21, 2015 | By Patrick Donahue | Business


Chamber prepares for second annual job fair

The Effingham Chamber of Commerce is finalizing plans for its second job fair.

April 21, 2015 | By Patrick Donahue | Business


State unemployment rate stays stable at 6.3 percent

ATLANTA-The Georgia Department of Labor announced that the state's seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate for March was 6.3 percent, unchanged from February, matching its lowest level since July 2008. The rate was 7.3 percent a year ago.

April 21, 2015 | Staff report | Business


Savannah ports hit new monthly record in TEUs

The Georgia Ports Authority increased containerized cargo in March by 27.8 percent compared to the same month a year ago, for an additional 72,499 20-foot equivalent container units (TEUs).

April 21, 2015 | Staff report | Business


Amid fanfare, Tanger Outlets open to throng of shoppers

With confetti raining down among the mist Thursday morning, the Tanger Outlet Center in Pooler opened to cheers, fanfare and television stars.

April 21, 2015 | By Patrick Donahue | Business


FONU2 announces new Web site

FONU2 announced that it has updated its Web site to reflect the strategic direction of the company.

April 14, 2015 | Staff report | Business


SBDC seminar to show ‘Location Isn’t Everything’

The Savannah Small Business Development Center, a public service and outreach unit of the University of Georgia, will present "Location Isn't Everything" on April 28 from 6-8:30 p.m. at the SBDC, 111 E. Liberty St.

April 14, 2015 | Staff report | Business


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