Yvette Carr of Burns World Travel's Springfield office recently completed the certified Sandals specialist 2010 workshop. Travel agents with CSS designation are required to complete a rigorous education and training program on a yearly basis that ensures customers they are experts on all facets of Sandals and Beaches restors.
Carr has traveled extensively and has more than 28 years of experience as a travel agent in southeast Georgia.
The Effingham Chamber of Commerce announces the next Lunch 'n Learn opportunity. State tourism representative Carey Ferrara, will speak on building a tourism program for the lunch meeting.
The meeting will be held at New Ebenezer Retreat Center at noon on Nov. 16. This will be an excellent opportunity to learn what the community can do to expand and build on Effingham County's tourism base.
Effingham was first settled in 1734, a year after Gen. James Oglethorpe landed at Savannah. The meal will be a traditional turkey dinner and the cost is $15.
ATLANTA-The Georgia Department of Labor will sponsor a career expo and job fair for employers and job seekers in the Savannah area. The event will be held Oct. 28 from 1-4 p.m. at the Savannah Civic Center.
"The response for this event from employers, particularly the private sector, has been excellent," state Labor Commissioner Michael Thurmond said. "Hopefully, this is an indication of good things to come in the coastal Georgia area. Hiring in the private sector must occur across the state to allow
our economy to fully recover. I encourage area job seekers to take full advantage ...
SAVANNAH-Georgia Ports Authority's Executive Director Curtis J. Foltz announced Thursday the Port of Savannah experienced 20.1-percent growth in 20-foot equivalent units (TEUs) for the first three months of FY2011 (July-September 2010), a record for the authority.
"The first quarter of 2011, once again, showed that the Port of Savannah is not only increasing its value and market share by record numbers, but also its importance to the national logistics and transportation system," Foltz said.
"Today, the Port of Savannah serves 44 percent of this country's population with majority exports. Moving forward, however, we do expect volumes ...
Tammy Purnell and Lisa Woodcock with Citizens Bank of Effingham graduated Oct. 7 from the Community Bankers Association of Georgia's Compliance School, which is part of the Community Bankers University.
CBA developed this four-day school in conjunction with Professional Bank Services, Inc., a consulting and educational services firm based in Louisville, Ky. The school is offered once a year and is designed for all community bank staff members who have compliance responsibilities. The school offers a unique, broad-based curriculum with topic selection largely influenced by those areas currently being emphasized by regulators and focuses on federal lending and deposit ...
The Effingham Chamber of Commerce greeted its newest member the nonprofit Pregnancy Care Center with a ribbon cutting ceremony.
Chairperson of the Pregnancy Care Center's board, Laura Devisscher, and center director Anna Gianeskis cut the ribbon together and the center opened the doors to its new, larger office, located in the same building as before with Lords Eye Center off Highway 21.
The Pregnancy Care Center is a faith-based organization that offers counseling services and training for new parents.
ATLANTA-The Georgia Governor's Office of Consumer Affairs, Consumer Federation of America (CFA), the Georgia Bankers Association, and Georgia Credit Union Affiliates has begun a new program to protect consumers and financial institutions from fake check scams. Under the program, participating banks and credit unions will hand a brochure created by CFA, "Don't Become a Target," to every consumer who comes in to deposit checks or money orders of $1,000 or more or to withdraw $1,000 or more.
Nearly 60 banks and credit unions in Georgia have signed up to participate.
Effingham Hospital and Care Center is pleased to congratulate Dr. Joseph Ratchford, MD, on his receipt of the Medical Director Quality Award for 2010 from the Georgia Medical Care Foundation (GMCF). Dr. Ratchford has served as medical director for Effingham Care Center since December 2003 and is board certified in internal medicine.
"We are very pleased that the Georgia Medical Care Foundation chose to honor Dr. Ratchford for his leadership, commitment to quality care and dedication to improving services. Dr. Ratchford is an integral part of the quality of care patients receive at Effingham Hospital and Care Center," said Norma ...
Small businesses and farmers are beginning to take advantage of a program through USDA Rural Development that provides a grant of up to 25 percent of the costs of installing renewable energy systems, up to $500,000 with a minimum of $2,500. Of particular interest has been solar panels, which cost around $5-$6 per watt to install, but which often pay for themselves within a few years and also provide income when energy is sold back to the electric utility.
"We are gratified that more rural Georgia businesses and farmers are willing to install solar," said Donnie Thomas ...
Georgia Heritage FCU members and the public are invited to attend "Financial First Aid to Survive the Holidays," a free educational seminar set for Oct. 12 at the credit union.
Skye Tyler, Education Coordinator at Consumer Credit Counseling Service (CCCS), will present tips, tricks and ideas on how to prepare a holiday spending - and savings - plan. Topics will include understanding credit, building a budget, and shopping for bargains. CCCS provides quality financial literacy to education and empower local citizens. There is no cost to attend the free educational seminar and a meal will be provided.
SAVANNAH-The Coastal Bank recently promoted banking professional Candace Adkins to vice president of the bank's retail banking division. In her new position, Adkins is responsible for coordinating all production, sales and service delivery for the retail banking division.
Adkins joined The Coastal Bank in 2007 as retail sales administrator, serving as liaison between executive management and retail before being promoted to assistant vice president of the bank's retail banking division in 2008. She began her banking career as a peak-time floating teller in 2001 at a regional bank in Savannah and was named branch manager in 2005 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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."
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.