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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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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


Tanksley to bring long career to a close in April

After 43 years with Morris Multimedia, Karen Tanksley won't be starting her work day holding a cup of coffee in her Rincon office.

February 04, 2015 | By Patrick Donahue | Business


GSU Museum recognizes longtime supporter Planters Telephone

STATESBORO - The Georgia Southern University Museum recognized longtime supporter Planters Telephone Cooperative recently during the annual Georgia Association of Museums and Galleries Conference at the Nessmith-Lane Conference Center.

February 03, 2015 | Staff report | Business


Effingham unemployment rate falls

The Georgia Department of Labor announced that Effingham County's unemployment rate for December 2014 fell to 5.4 percent, down from 5.5 percent in November 2014.

February 03, 2015 | Staff report | Business


State jobless rate dips to 6.9 percent for December

ATLANTA - The Georgia Department of Labor announced the state's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for December was 6.9 percent, down three-tenths of a percentage point from 7.2 percent in November. The rate in December 2013 was 7.4 percent.

January 26, 2015 | Staff report | Business


Ports end year with growth across the board

The Georgia Ports Authority ended 2014 with growth in all cargo sectors, including a 10.2 percent increase in 20-foot equivalent container units (TEUs) and a 7.4 percent increase in total tonnage.

January 26, 2015 | Staff report | Business


Study: Hospital contributes to economic health

Financial difficulties have forced a number of hospitals in Georgia to close in recent years, and some health care experts predict another dozen or more could close this year.

January 13, 2015 | By Paul Floeckher | Business


Effingham County Extension sets 2015 production meetings

Effingham County Extension will offer production meetings to all crop producers in the county.

January 13, 2015 | Staff report | Business


State welcomes Mercedes-Benz HQ

Gov. Nathan Deal announced Tuesday that Mercedes-Benz USA will relocate its headquarters to Atlanta, creating at least 800 jobs and investing approximately $74 million.

January 13, 2015 | Staff report | Business


Murphy completes Leadership GHA

Marie W. Murphy, manager at ECB Occupational Medicine, a department of Effingham Health System, recently graduated from Leadership GHA, a prestigious health care leadership program of the Georgia Hospital Association.

January 13, 2015 | Staff report | Business


City approves final site plan for new Kroger

Final approvals still need to be obtained from other agencies, but the Rincon City Council has given its go-ahead for a planned new, larger Kroger.

January 06, 2015 | By Patrick Donahue | Business


IDA to join forces with other groups on big projects

Effingham County is joining forces with three neighboring counties to land industrial prospects looking to set up shop along I-16.

December 30, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Business


Metro jobless rate dips to 6.1 percent

ATLANTA-Metro Savannah's unemployment rate for November was 6.1 percent, down six-tenths of a percentage point from 6.7 percent in October, the Georgia Department of Labor announced. The rate in November of last year was also 6.7 percent.

December 30, 2014 | Staff report | Business


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