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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


Planned Rincon Chick-fil-A clears hurdle

An approved development agreement may help start the work on a highly-anticipated venture in Rincon.

February 13, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Business


USDA taking rural enterprise business grant applications

Applications are currently being accepted for the USDA Rural Business Enterprise Grant for projected 2014 funding of the program. The RBEG program provides grants for rural projects that finance and facilitate development of small and emerging rural businesses, help fund distance learning networks, and help fund employment related adult education programs.

February 10, 2014 | Staff report | Business


New ER group set to take over at hospital

Effingham Health System announces that effective Feb. 15, Georgia Emergency Physician Specialists, a group of leading board-certified emergency medicine specialists, will fully staff the EHS emergency department.

February 10, 2014 | Staff report | Business


Recruitment for Georgia Ports jobs rescheduled

ATLANTA – The Georgia Department of Labor will host a recruitment on Feb. 5, to help the Georgia Ports Authority fill several jobs in five different occupations.

January 31, 2014 | Staff report | Business


Effingham unemployment rate stays steady

ATLANTA - The Georgia Department of Labor announced Thursday that metro Savannah's unemployment rate was unchanged at 6.7 percent from November to December, but was down from 8.1 percent in December a year ago.

January 30, 2014 | Staff report | Business


State takes note of tourism’s impact

Gov. Nathan Deal highlighted the vital role the tourism industry plays in Georgia's economic prosperity at Tuesday's annual Tourism, Hospitality and Arts Day at the state Capitol.

January 30, 2014 | Staff report | Business


State labor office to recruit for Georgia Ports positions

(Updated on January 29)

January 29, 2014 | Staff report | Business


Barrow, Google teaming up for online workshop

U.S. Rep. John Barrow (D-Augusta) will team up with Google to host a workshop Thursday in Augusta encouraging small businesses to utilize the Internet to grow their businesses.

January 27, 2014 | Staff report | Business


State jobless rate falls to 7.4 percent

The Georgia Department of Labor announced Thursday that Georgia's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate decreased to 7.4 percent in December, down two-tenths of a percentage point from a revised 7.6 percent in November. The rate was 8.7 percent in December a year ago.

January 23, 2014 | Staff report | Business


Daniel Defense aims at expansion

Gov. Nathan Deal announced Thursday that Daniel Defense, a leader in small arms manufacturing, will expand its existing operations in Black Creek adding 120 new jobs and investing $20 million into the project over the next five years.

January 23, 2014 | Staff report | Business


Medient gets extra 60 days to finish plan

Effingham Industrial Development Authority members have granted a 60-day extension on a master plan for a massive studio project off Interstate 16.

January 16, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Business


IDA, Chinese firm ‘back to square one’ on plant deal

The Effingham Industrial Development Authority is hitting the restart button on a deal with a Chinese conglomerate.

January 16, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Business


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Studio ready to start hiring

A final master plan and supplemental agreement between the Effingham County Industrial Development Authority and a movie production company could be finished in the next few weeks.

September 30, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Business


Effingham unemployment rate up slightly for August

ATLANTA - The Georgia Department of Labor announced Thursday that the preliminary unemployment rate in Effingham County was 6.7 percent for August, up slightly from 6.6 percent in June.

September 30, 2014 | Staff report | Business


GPA: Ports creating wave of growth

In his annual state of the port address Thursday, Georgia Ports Authority Executive Director Curtis Foltz reported 1,900 new jobs and 2.7 million square feet of industrial expansion tied to a year of growth for Georgia's deepwater ports.

September 30, 2014 | Staff report | Business


Choate to build Medient's first phase

Medient Studios, Inc. has announced it has engaged Choate Construction Company as the construction manager for its studioplex project in Effingham County.

September 24, 2014 | Staff report | Business


State puzzled by jobless rate, even as job growth rises

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 23, 2014 | Staff report | Business


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


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