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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


Farm Bureau hits Jekyll Island for convention

JEKYLL ISLAND - More than 1,500 Georgia farmers and agribusiness leaders from across the state met on Jekyll Island Dec. 8-10 for the 76th annual Georgia Farm Bureau Convention.

December 16, 2013 | Staff report | Business


IDA waiting on MOU from Chinese firm

A Chinese firm that will open a facility in Effingham County is continuing to work on acquiring visas for its initial workforce, but the memorandum of understanding is still waiting action.

December 05, 2013 | By Patrick Donahue | Business


Entertainment mogul joins Medient Studios board

Charles Koppelman, chairman and CEO of CAK Entertainment Inc., has joined Medient Studios as vice chairman of the board of directors.

December 05, 2013 | Staff report | Business


Jobless rate for metro area rises

ATLANTA - The Georgia Department of Labor has announced that metro Savannah's unemployment rate increased to 7.5 percent in October, up two-tenths of a percentage point from 7.3 percent in September. The rate was 8 percent in October a year ago.

December 02, 2013 | Staff report | Business


Self ‘excited’ to join Medient

The newest member of Medient Studios' corporate team knows something about the movie business and the Coastal Empire.

December 01, 2013 | By Patrick Donahue | Business


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Guyton Animal Hospital opens its doors

The Effingham Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting Thursday for the new Guyton Animal Hospital.

July 31, 2014 | Staff report | Business


BI-LO to hold job fair

BI-LO is holding a job fair to accept applications and conduct interviews for various positions in the Pooler area.

July 29, 2014 | Staff report | Business


Chamber eager to launch membership drive

The Effingham Chamber of Commerce announced that it will hold a membership campaign for the first time in several years.

July 28, 2014 | Staff report | Business


Effingham, area jobless rates rise

ATLANTA - The Georgia Department of Labor announced Thursday that Metro Savannah's unemployment rate increased to 7.4 percent in June, up five-tenths of a percentage point from 6.9 percent in May. The rate was 8.3 percent in June a year ago.

July 28, 2014 | Staff report | Business


A banner year for Georgia Ports

The Georgia Ports Authority moved more than 29 million tons of cargo, 3 million 20-foot equivalent container units (TEUs) and more than 700,000 auto and machinery units in fiscal year 2014, the GPA reported Monday.

July 28, 2014 | Staff report | Business


Medient wins round in court against former CEO

The new chief executive officer of Medient Studios said the company got the ruling in its favor from a Nevada judge Wednesday afternoon it anticipated.

July 24, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Business


New Medient CEO says work is ongoing

Work on what is expected to be the largest movie studio complex in the U.S. is continuing, and a revised master plan for the project is expected soon, the studio's CEO said Thursday.

July 21, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Business


New Medient architect familiar with area, studios

Medient Studios is bringing aboard a firm that knows something about designing massive production complexes.

July 21, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Business


Harvey to step down from IDA

Rose Harvey is resigning from the Effingham Industrial Development Authority.

July 21, 2014 | Staff report | Business


State jobless rate rises to 7.4 percent for June

ATLANTA - The Georgia Department of Labor announced Thursday that Georgia's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for June was 7.4 percent, up two-tenths of a percentage point from 7.2 percent in May. The rate in June of last year was 8.4 percent.

July 17, 2014 | Staff report | Business


New Medient master plan expected soon

The revised master plan for a planned massive studioplex in Effingham County could be finished within two weeks, Industrial Development Authority members learned Thursday.

July 17, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Business


Chamber effort teaches businesses how to protect themselves

Many consumers recall being affected by, or at least hearing about, thieves hacking into credit and debit card data of millions of Target customers this past holiday season.

July 14, 2014 | By Paul Floeckher | Business


State high court rejects class-action suit on G-P

State Supreme Court justices ruled Friday that a group of homeowners are not entitled to bring a class-action lawsuit against Georgia-Pacific's Savannah River Mill.

July 14, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Business


Former Medient CEO gets hearing date for injunction

A Nevada judge has granted a temporary restraining order to the former CEO and chairman of Medient Studios.

July 10, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Business


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