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State labor office to recruit for Georgia Ports positions

(Updated on January 29)

January 29, 2014 | Staff report | Business


Barrow, Google teaming up for online workshop

U.S. Rep. John Barrow (D-Augusta) will team up with Google to host a workshop Thursday in Augusta encouraging small businesses to utilize the Internet to grow their businesses.

January 27, 2014 | Staff report | Business


State jobless rate falls to 7.4 percent

The Georgia Department of Labor announced Thursday that Georgia's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate decreased to 7.4 percent in December, down two-tenths of a percentage point from a revised 7.6 percent in November. The rate was 8.7 percent in December a year ago.

January 23, 2014 | Staff report | Business


Daniel Defense aims at expansion

Gov. Nathan Deal announced Thursday that Daniel Defense, a leader in small arms manufacturing, will expand its existing operations in Black Creek adding 120 new jobs and investing $20 million into the project over the next five years.

January 23, 2014 | Staff report | Business


Medient gets extra 60 days to finish plan

Effingham Industrial Development Authority members have granted a 60-day extension on a master plan for a massive studio project off Interstate 16.

January 16, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Business


IDA, Chinese firm ‘back to square one’ on plant deal

The Effingham Industrial Development Authority is hitting the restart button on a deal with a Chinese conglomerate.

January 16, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Business


Gulfstream to expand aircraft service, support

Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. announced Tuesday it will expand its aircraft service and support organization by adding a new worldwide product support distribution center located in the NorthPort Industrial Park near the Interstate 95 and Georgia Highway 21 interchange in Savannah.

January 09, 2014 | Staff report | Business


Hospital puts women’s practice into effect

Dr. Toni Sylvester began practicing in Effingham County a year ago because she saw a need in the community.

January 06, 2014 | By Paul Floeckher | Business


AASU: Economy rebounding, expected to grow

Armstrong Atlantic State University's latest Coastal Empire Economic Monitor reports the Savannah-area economy expanded significantly during the third quarter of 2013 and should continue to experience growth in the first half of 2014.

January 06, 2014 | Staff report | Business


IDA OKs new bond package for I-16 northern tract

The Effingham Industrial Development Authority approved a restructured bond package last month as part of its financing for the purchase of the I-16 northern tract.

January 02, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Business


DDS launches economic development initiative

Department of Driver Services Commissioner Rob Mikell announced that a new economic development initiative has been launched at DDS' customer service centers statewide.

January 02, 2014 | Staff report | Business


Hospital checks in with Hill

State Sen. Jack Hill visited Effingham Health System on Dec. 23 to receive a donation from the Georgia Hospital Association.

December 30, 2013 | Staff report | Business


Effingham jobless rate falls to 6 percent

ATLANTA - The Georgia Department of Labor announced that Effingham County's unemployment rate for November fell to 6 percent, down from 6.9 percent in October. The November 2012 jobless rate was 7.1 percent. The labor force declined by 879 from November 2012-November 2013 but the number of unemployed also fell by 370.

December 26, 2013 | Staff report | Business


Governor touts job creation

Gov. Nathan Deal has announced that the Global Commerce Division of the Georgia Department of Economic Development produced a 10 percent increase in job creation during the state's most recent fiscal year. Department statistics show its 389 company expansion or location announcements generated 31,656 jobs and $6.07 billion in investment. These statistics indicate a continued trend of growth since the state's 2009 fiscal year.

December 26, 2013 | Staff report | Business


State jobless rate dips to 7.7 percent

ATLANTA - The Georgia Department of Labor announced Thursday that Georgia's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate decreased to 7.7 percent in November, its lowest point since November 2008, when it was 7.6 percent. The rate is down four-tenths of a percentage point from 8.1 percent in October and a full percentage point from 8.7 percent in November a year ago.

December 19, 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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