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State Chamber taps DNR’s Clark

The Georgia Chamber of Commerce announced that Chris Clark has been selected as the organization's new president and CEO effective Nov. 1. He succeeds George Israel, who announced his retirement earlier this year after eight years of service to the organization.
"I want to thank the Georgia Chamber for offering me this incredible opportunity," Clark said. "It is an organization with a successful past, a strong membership base, a dedicated staff, and exciting plans for its future. Companies large and small form our state's economic foundation and I look forward to working with business and government leaders to ...

September 20, 2010 | Staff Report | Business


Ports tout growth, push for expansion with Atlanta Chamber

ATLANTA-Georgia Ports Authority Executive Director Curtis J. Foltz addressed business leaders at the second annual Atlanta State of the Port on Friday to discuss the importance of Georgia's deepwater ports in Savannah and Brunswick to the metro Atlanta area.
"As one of our state's strongest economic engines, Georgia's deepwater ports connect our state to the world, generating growth and opportunities for all Georgians," Foltz said. "I am proud to report the GPA continues to maintain and create jobs for Georgia, even during times of economic uncertainty."
The GPA handled more than 2.63 million TEUs (twenty-foot ...

September 20, 2010 | Staff Report | Business


Ports primed for more growth

SAVANNAH-Georgia Ports Authority (GPA) Executive Director Curtis J. Foltz delivered his first State of the Port Address to a record crowd of nearly 1,100 in Savannah on Thursday. He outlined actions required to achieve continued growth and prepare the Port of Savannah for future prosperity.
"The Port of Savannah experienced a remarkable recovery in FY 2010 (July 1, 2009-June 30, 2010)," said Foltz. "The 9.7-percent increase in TEUs (20-foot equivalent units) for the year allowed the GPA to return to near record levels reached in FY2008 and continued its momentum gaining market share across the Southeast."
In ...

September 16, 2010 | Staff Report | Business


A new day for Walmart

The Rincon Walmart celebrated a grand re-opening Friday morning as five employees who have been with the store since its opening in 1986 - Lillie Smart Brown, Leah Bollinger, Sharon Ulmer, Nancy Mincey and Carolyn Wise - cut the ribbon to mark the occasion.
The Walmart Foundation also awarded three grants totaling to $7,500 to Rincon Elementary School, Guyton Elementary School and Effingham County High School, announced by store manager Ricky Smith.
The store has approximately 385 associates and has an expanded electronics department along with a new layout, signage and color scheme.
Photos by Rick Lott

September 13, 2010 | Staff Report | Business


Building a better Web site

A three-hour seminar presented by The University of Georgia's International Trade Center, in close cooperation with Bibby Financial Services, The University of Georgia Small Business Development Center and the U.S. Commercial Service will be held Sept. 29, at the Coastal Georgia Center at 305 Fahm St. in Savannah.
It includes:
• A phased approach of simple enhancements to internationalize the Web site, plus modifications to localize the site to suit a specific target country and/or culture.
• Translating the Web site, or part of the website, and promoting it to international search engines, directories and other reference sources.
• Determining ...

September 13, 2010 | Staff Report | Business


Pick-your-own-foods available at GFB certified farm markets

MACON-The late-summer heat is still sizzling away, but the time to get lost in fall farm activities is not far off.
Both food and fun can be found at Georgia Farm Bureau's Certified Farm Markets, many of which offer corn mazes, hay rides, and hands-on agriculture activities like shelling corn or milking a cow as well as farm tours for school groups. Of course, there's also the food. Apples are already available at many North Georgia orchards, and traditional fall crops like pumpkins will soon be ready.
"We'll have eight weekends of pick your own and ...

September 13, 2010 | Staff Report | Business


SBDC to host starting a business workshop

A workshop entitled "Starting a Business" will be held Sept. 23. It is a three hour class that begins at 6 p.m.
If you are thinking of starting a small business, then taking this workshop is a crucial first step. The workshop will cover the basics of what you need to know and do before starting a business.
The session will also cover the traits of successful entrepreneurs, market research, legal structures for business, estimating start-up costs and cash flow projections, financing alternatives, failure factors, and business planning.
Attending this workshop may be one of the most important decisions ...

September 13, 2010 | Staff Report | Business


Coastal Concrete debuts testing lab

Coastal Concrete recently opened a new state-of-the-art concrete testing lab in Pooler. The laboratory, which is one of the first of its kind in the region, conducts high-tech concrete testing and specializes in the research, design and optimization of products for customers.
"We're thrilled to be one of the first concrete companies in the greater Savannah area to offer in-house testing services," said Wayne Tanner, CEO for Coastal Concrete. "We can control all the variables in our lab, ensuring accurate test results and enabling us to optimize products for our customers. This new state-of-the-art concrete laboratory reinforces our corporate ...

September 13, 2010 | Staff Report | Business


CWIB members go on retreat

The Coastal Workforce Investment Board (CWIB) members, including Michael King and David Atkins of Effingham County, came together at their 2010 retreat June 16-18 at St. Simons Island.
The CWIB is a private-sector-led, planning and policy-making entity whose primary responsibility is ensuring that programs funded by the Workforce Investment Act are run effectively and efficiently. The members are appointed by local elected officials and represent the nine counties (Bryan, Bulloch, Camden, Chatham, Effingham, Glynn, Liberty, Long, and McIntosh) that comprise the Coastal Workforce area.
The event was a chance to celebrate the achievements of the previous year including a successful ...

September 02, 2010 | Staff Report | Business


Georgia Ports hosts harbor deepening forum

The Georgia Ports Authority (GPA) hosted local business leaders to discuss the impact of the Savannah Harbor Expansion Project (SHEP). The event brought more than 60 members of the local business, economic development, maritime and logistics industries.
"The Port of Savannah's maritime, logistics and business communities agree that the Savannah Harbor must be prepared for the demands of global shipping after the Panama Canal Expansion is completed in 2014," said GPA Executive Director Curtis J. Foltz. "With vessels like the CMA CGM Figaro already calling on the Port of Savannah, it is imperative that the SHEP is approved and ...

September 02, 2010 | Staff Report | Business


State’s hospitals meeting safety, treatment standards

ATLANTA-Georgia's psychiatric hospitals meet national standards for safe and effective care according to the independent body that accredits them.
The Joint Commission, an organization that sets quality standards for healthcare providers and evaluates their performance, surveyed each of Georgia's seven state hospitals serving people with mental illness, developmental disabilities, and substance use disorders. During the unannounced inspections the Joint Commission looked at many of the same safety and treatment issues that were the subject of a settlement agreement between the state and the U.S. Department of Justice in January 2009. All seven hospitals received continuing accreditation ...

September 02, 2010 | Staff Report | Business


Tuned in to power upgrades

The Sunrise Rotary Club of Effingham member Brian Dickey told fellow Sunrise members about Georgia Power's fall conversion schedule to upgrade local electric utilities. The work will require power outages in specific areas on specific dates beginning Sept. 15. The Sunrise Rotary Club meets at the Guyton Christian Church Center, 105 3rd St. in Guyton, Tuesday mornings at 7:30 a.m. More information is available on its Web site, www.EffinghamRotary.org.

August 26, 2010 | Staff Report | Business


Georgia Power’s King named Work Ready Business Champion

Dinah King with Georgia Power has taken the reins of the Effingham County Georgia Work Ready Program as the communities Business Champion.
Work Ready is helping Georgia's communities design economic development strategies to attract new business and preserve the health of their existing economic base. This voluntary initiative shows a community's commitment to life-long education and improving high school graduation rates, important factors for driving businesses to an area. To accomplish this, it takes our community leaders coming together with those in education, business and industry sectors to help their communities reach their goals.
The Work Ready assessment ...

August 23, 2010 | Staff Report | Business


Port’s study reveals emissions cut, efficiency increased

SAVANNAH-The Georgia Ports Authority's (GPA) Executive Director Curtis J. Foltz announced that its diesel additive study yielded a 5-percent reduction in fuel consumption, as well as drastically decreased emissions.
"We undertook this study as a proactive effort to reduce our environmental footprint," said GPA's Executive Director Curtis J. Foltz. "As we expand our operations to accommodate increased cargo, we continue to look for ways to improve efficiencies and operate in an even more environmentally-friendly manner."
GPA's engineering staff commissioned a study to determine whether a fuel additive would be effective in reducing pollutant emissions and increasing ...

August 16, 2010 | Staff Report | Business


Great Dane to open plant in Statesboro

After an extensive property search, Great Dane Limited Partnership has announced plans to build a new refrigerated trailer plant on a 118-acre site in the Gateway Industrial Park on Highway 301 South in Statesboro.
The plant, in its first phase, will encompass 450,000 square feet, including office and show room space, and will have the capacity to produce 5,000-plus trailers annually. At that level of production, the facility will employ more than 400 people.
"After more than a year-long search for the ideal location, we are extremely pleased to announce that Statesboro has been chosen as the future ...

August 16, 2010 | Staff Report | Business


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New office for Energy One Credit Union

The Effingham Chamber of Commerce had a ribbon cutting July 20 for Energy One Credit Union, which has moved its office from inside the Effingham ...

August 03, 2016 | Staff report | Business


Effingham jobless rate jumps to 5.2 percent

Unemployment in Effingham County rose to 5.2 percent in June, according to preliminary figures from the state Department of Labor.

August 03, 2016 | Staff report | Business


Diversification is important for retirees

During your working years, your primary investment goal is generally growth - you need your money to grow so that you can eventually afford the comfortable ...

August 03, 2016 | By Ryan Waters | Business


Get your affairs in order for an orderly estate

You may be quite willing to plan an investment strategy for your retirement years. After all, it can be enjoyable to think about traveling the ...

July 27, 2016 | By Ryan Waters | Business


State jobless rate falls to 5.1 percent

ATLANTA-The Georgia Department of Labor announced Thursday that the state's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in June dropped to 5.1 percent, down two-tenths ...

July 27, 2016 | Staff report | Business


Georgia Ports approve inland terminal in Chatsworth

At its July board meeting, the Georgia Ports Authority approved a spending package of $19.7 million to construct the Appalachian Regional Port in Chatsworth.

July 27, 2016 | Staff report | Business


Savannah port gets call from its first vessel through expanded Panama Canal

The MOL Benefactor is the first vessel to call on Savannah through the new locks of the expanded Panama Canal. At a capacity of 10 ...

July 13, 2016 | Staff report | Business


GFB accepting hay contest entries

MACON-Georgia Farm Bureau members who grow Bermuda grass hay are encouraged to enter the 2016 GFB Quality Hay Contest. Hay entered in the contest ...

July 13, 2016 | Staff report | Business


Savannah area economy accelerating

Armstrong State University's latest Coastal Empire Economic Monitor reports that the Savannah metro economy accelerated during the first quarter of 2016. Solid gains in ...

July 06, 2016 | Staff Report | Business


Hospital move to non-profit on track

Effingham Hospital's conversion to a non-profit corporation is on track for an October start, officials said Tuesday afternoon.

July 06, 2016 | By Patrick Donahue | Business


Small business owners must protect their futures

If you're a small-business owner, you think a lot about today. Is your cash flow sufficient … today? Are your products and services competitive … today ...

July 06, 2016 | By Ryan Waters | Business


Parker’s promotes Risinger to inventory control lead

Parker's has promoted Priscilla Risinger to inventory control lead. In her new position, she supervises an inventory team to perform cash, retail and deli ...

July 06, 2016 | staff report | Business


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