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State jobless rate falls to lowest in 4 years

ATLANTA - The Georgia Department of Labor announced that Georgia's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate dipped to 8.6 percent in February, the lowest rate since January 2009. The rate was down one-tenth of a percentage point from 8.7 percent in January and six-tenths of a percentage point from 9.2 percent in February 2012.

March 21, 2013 | Staff report | Business


Studio liked what it saw from Effingham

It didn't take long for Medient Studios to like what it saw in Effingham County and make the decision to build their movie and DVD production in Effingham.

March 21, 2013 | By Patrick Donahue | Business


CEO: ‘Nothing quite like it in the world’

It's not just the size and scope of the Medient Studios project that makes it stand out, according to CEO and Chairman Manu Kumaran.

March 21, 2013 | By Patrick Donahue | Business


Curtain rises on Effingham project

Evoking one of cinema's most renowned closing lines of a movie, Manu Kumaran ushered in a partnership between his company and the Effingham Industrial Development Authority.

March 21, 2013 | By Patrick Donahue | Business


IDA prepares for 'major' prospect

The Effingham Industrial Development Authority is on the verge of signing a prospect who could change the economic landscape of the county, according to sources.

March 18, 2013 | By Patrick Donahue | Business


Health care law carries burdens and lots of questions

The effects of the Affordable Care Act could be as long as the document itself, according to Tim O'Hayre of BB&T Insurance Services.

March 18, 2013 | By Patrick Donahue | Business


Jobless rate rises to 7.8 percent

ATLANTA-The Georgia Department of Labor announced Thursday that the unemployment rate in metro Savannah rose to 8.3 percent in January, up two-tenths of a percentage point from 8.1 percent in December. The rate was 8.9 percent in January 2012.

March 14, 2013 | Staff report | Business


Rafter Law Firm cuts the ribbon

Rick Rafter celebrated the official opening of his law practice and office in Springfield with a ribbon cutting.

March 14, 2013 | Staff report | Business


HeritageBank of the South purchases LaGrange bank

ALBANY - Heritage Financial Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: HBOS), the holding company for HeritageBank of the South, has announced that HeritageBank of the South has entered into a definitive whole-bank purchase and assumption agreement with the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation to acquire Frontier Bank, a full-service bank based in LaGrange.

March 11, 2013 | Staff report | Business


State unemployment rate holds steady at 8.7 percent

ATLANTA - The Georgia Department of Labor announced Thursday that Georgia's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for January was 8.7 percent, unchanged from December. The rate was 9.3 percent in January a year ago.

March 07, 2013 | Staff report | Business


Medical supplier Dukal picks Savannah as port

Dukal Corporation, a leading supplier of disposable medical products, has chosen the Port of Savannah as its major port of entry and established new distribution center space in Savannah's Foreign Trade Zone.

March 07, 2013 | Staff report | Business


A big day for EFACEC

EFACEC Power has completed the largest power transformer built in the U.S. in decades, a 900 MVA (megavolt ampere) unit. It is the largest not just for its rating but also for its size.

February 28, 2013 | Staff Report | Business


Boyd joins Effingham Farm Bureau

Carter Boyd has joined the Effingham County Farm Bureau team as the agency manager, Effingham County Farm Bureau President Stuart Exley announced.

February 28, 2013 | Staff report | Business


EWIB to hold mini business expo

Effingham Women in Business will host a meet-and-greet and mini business expo March 12 from 6:30-8 p.m. in Faith Presbyterian Church's social hall. The church is at 2000 Lexington Ave. in Rincon, just past Macomber Ball Park.

February 28, 2013 | Staff report | Business


EHS' Murphy earns state certification

Michael Murphy, environment of care manager for Effingham Health System, has been awarded an Emergency Management Healthcare Professional Certification.

February 28, 2013 | Staff report | Business


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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


State jobless rate jumps to 7.2 percent

ATLANTA - The Georgia Department of Labor announced Thursday that Georgia's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for May was 7.2 percent, up three-tenths of a percentage point from a revised 6.9 percent in April. The preliminary rate for April was 7.0 percent, but it was revised down one-tenth of a percentage point. The rate in May of last year was 8.4 percent.

June 19, 2014 | Staff report | Business


County renews hotel-motel tax pact with Chamber

The Effingham Chamber of Commerce's tourism efforts will get a continued boost, after the county commissioners approved extending the hotel-motel tax for another year.

June 16, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Business


New Medient CEO: Studio anxious to make movies

New Medient Studios chief executive officer Jake Shapiro said the company will get to the essence of its being - that of making movies.

June 16, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Business


WRRDA bill signing hailed as victory for harbor deepening

With President Obama's signing Tuesday of the Water Resources Reform and Development Act of 2014, the Savannah Harbor Expansion Project (SHEP) is authorized to begin construction.

June 13, 2014 | Staff report | Business


New direction for Medient

Work continued quietly Thursday afternoon at Medient Studios' office in Savannah. But behind the scenes, a day of upheaval and tumult had taken place.

June 12, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Business


HeritageBank of the South launches mobile check deposit

HeritageBank of the South has launched HBOS Mobile Check Deposit, a convenient new service allowing eligible customers to deposit checks directly into their HeritageBank of the South account using a smartphone or iPad.

June 12, 2014 | Staff report | Business


FSA county committee nominations set to begin

WASHINGTON - Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that the nomination period for local Farm Service Agency county committees begins June 15.

June 09, 2014 | Staff report | Business


Report: Area economy growing fast

SAVANNAH - Armstrong Atlantic State University's latest Coastal Empire Economic Monitor reports the Savannah-area economy expanded rapidly during the first quarter of 2014 and should continue to experience strong growth throughout the year.

June 09, 2014 | Staff report | Business


Georgia Power names new coastal region manager

Georgia Power has named William Mock as plant manager of its Coastal Region electric generation facilities. In this role, Mock will oversee all operations at Plants Kraft, McIntosh, McManus and Mitchell.

June 05, 2014 | Staff report | Business


Dynacraft chooses Savannah port

Dynacraft, one of the nation's leading bicycle suppliers, has chosen the Port of Savannah as its new East Coast gateway.

June 05, 2014 | Staff report | Business


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