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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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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


Young Farmers reap awards

The Effingham County Young Farmers organization recognized several local producers and supporters at its annual awards banquet at New Ebenezer Retreat Center.

December 23, 2014 | By Paul Floeckher | Business


Victim Witness gets a hand from realtors

In Effingham County, some of Santa's elves have day jobs as real estate agents.

December 23, 2014 | By Paul Floeckher | Business


G-P Bucket Brigade fills a need

Effingham Fire Rescue doesn't have to look far back to find an example that a defibrillator can save a life.

December 16, 2014 | By Paul Floeckher | Business


Kroger planning bigger store for Rincon

Kroger has submitted plans for a substantially larger store that will be built next to Lowe's in Rincon.

December 16, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Business


Marshall to direct two films for Studioplex City

The chief executive officer of Moon River Studios announced Thursday a two-picture deal with renowned director Penny Marshall.

December 16, 2014 | Staff report | Business


Effingham jobless rate falls to 5.9 percent

Effingham County's unemployment rate fell to 5.9 percent for October, according to the state Department of Labor.

December 09, 2014 | Staff report | Business


City approves plan for Gate store remodel

Rincon City Council members approved a preliminary site plan for a proposed reconfigured Gate convenience store at the corner of Fort Howard Road and Columbia Avenue.

December 02, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Business


Riggs earns embalmer, funeral director licenses

Riggs Funeral Home of Guyton announced that office manager Heather Riggs has obtained her funeral director license and embalmer license. She earned the licenses through Ogeechee Technical College in Statesboro.

December 02, 2014 | Staff report | Business


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