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Choate to build Medient's first phase

Medient Studios, Inc. has announced it has engaged Choate Construction Company as the construction manager for its studioplex project in Effingham County.

September 24, 2014 | Staff report | Business


State puzzled by jobless rate, even as job growth rises

ATLANTA - The Georgia Department of Labor announced Thursday that Georgia's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for August was 8.1 percent, up four-tenths of a percentage point from a revised 7.7 percent in July. The rate in August of last year was 8.2 percent.

September 23, 2014 | Staff report | Business


State jobless rate rises to 8.1 percent for August

ATLANTA-The Georgia Department of Labor announced Thursday that Georgia's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for August was 8.1 percent, up four-tenths of a percentage point from a revised 7.7 percent in July. The rate in August of last year was 8.2 percent.

September 18, 2014 | Staff report | Business


Logistics company to recruit workers in Springfield

The Georgia Department of Labor will host a recruitment next week to help Pinnacle Workforce Logistics hire about 30 workers for a warehouse in Pooler.

September 12, 2014 | Staff report | Business


A new name for studio, but focus remains same, CEO says

The CEO of Moon River Studios said Tuesday they are eyeing an early 2015 start date for construction on a massive studio project slated for Effingham County.

September 11, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Business


Labor Department to bring business, employer summit to Savannah

The Georgia Department of Labor and several employer committees in coastal Georgia will co-sponsor a business and employer summit Sept. 23 in Savannah.

September 08, 2014 | Staff report | Business


ASU quarterly report says coastal economy growing

Armstrong State University's latest Coastal Empire Economic Monitor reports the Savannah-area economy continued to expand during the second quarter of 2014 and should experience strong growth throughout the year.

September 04, 2014 | Staff report | Business


SBDC to present GrowSmart series for small businesses

SAVANNAH - In its 10th year, SBDC GrowSmart, the signature series of the University of Georgia Small Business Development Center, will begin Sept. 16 and consists of five modules over five weeks. Each module will focus on a particular topic, such as marketing, finance, and management, with the sessions lasting from 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

September 04, 2014 | Staff report | Business


Studio not only item on IDA’s menu

When a company planning a massive project in the community changes its name, it takes a little getting used to.

September 01, 2014 | By Paul Floeckher | Business


Mapping how to attract, keep tourists

Effingham County could shape itself into a draw for tourists, if enough resources are applied to making it happen, a state tourism official said Thursday.

August 25, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Business


Jobless rate nudges upward

ATLANTA - The Georgia Department of Labor announced that Effingham County's preliminary unemployment for July was 6.6 percent, up from June's rate of 6.4 percent. The rate is down from the July 2013 mark of 7.1 percent.

August 25, 2014 | Staff report | Business


Area economy back on the fast track

ST. SIMONS ISLAND - As director of Armstrong State University's Center for Regional Analysis, Michael Toma has been a bearer of grim economic tidings over the last several years. But Thursday morning, his remarks on the region's outlook appeared to be much more well-received.

August 21, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Business


IDA waits for answers on Medient master plan

While Effingham Industrial Development Authority members expect to get the master plan for Medient Studios' project, they also still have a slew of questions.

August 21, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Business


State jobless rate up to 7.8 percent

ATLANTA - The Georgia Department of Labor announced Thursday that Georgia's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for July was 7.8 percent, up four-tenths of a percentage point from 7.4 percent in June. The rate in July of last year was 8.3 percent.

August 18, 2014 | Staff report | Business


Medient unveils revised master plan

A studio planning on building a massive complex in Effingham County hopes to have its first building up and ready by the end of the year.

August 14, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Business


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Effingham Health System's Morgan to lead GCHA board

Georgia Health Care Association members have elected Norma Jean Morgan, chief executive officer of the Effingham Health System, as chair of the GHCA board of directors. Morgan will provide guidance and direction to the association that represents long term and post-acute care providers serving communities throughout the state of Georgia.

June 23, 2015 | Staff report | Business


IDA to help STC manufacturing expansion gear up

SAVANNAH-At its May meeting, the Effingham Industrial Development Authority voted to support the expansion of workforce development training with the construction of a precision manufacturing lab at the Effingham Campus of Savannah Technical College.

June 02, 2015 | Staff report | Business


Effingham jobless rate falls to 4.9 percent

ATLANTA-The Georgia Department of Labor announced that Effingham County's unemployment rate for April was 4.9 percent, down from 5.1 percent in March.

June 02, 2015 | Staff report | Business


Scarbrough to lead studio’s social media

FONU2, Inc. announced that Lisa Scarbrough has joined Moon River Studios as vice president of social media.

June 02, 2015 | Staff report | Business


Moon River parent company to seek EB-5 financing

FONU2, Inc. has announced that it has engaged Lexden Capital, LLC to advise and manage EB-5 financing for the benefit of the company's construction of sound stages, offices, and film support services on its 1,560 acre property in Effingham County.

June 02, 2015 | Staff report | Business


Corps commander discusses harbor deepening work

Lt. Gen. Thomas Bostick, commander of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, visited the Port of Savannah on Thursday for an update on the Savannah Harbor Expansion Project.

June 02, 2015 | Staff report | Business


Corps commander, Ports chief update harbor deepening progress

Lt. Gen. Thomas Bostick, commander of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, visited the Port of Savannah on Thursday for an update on the Savannah Harbor Expansion Project.

May 28, 2015 | Staff report | Business


ACHCA names Morgan recipient of Eli Pick Facility Leadership Award

ALEXANDRIA, VA-The American College of Health Care Administrators named Norma Jean Morgan, CNHA, FACHCA, administrator of Effingham Extended Care Facility in Springfield as a 2015 recipient of the ACHCA Eli Pick Facility Leadership Award. The award, named in memory of visionary ACHCA member Eli Pick, recognizes administrators whose teams have achieved dimensions of organizational quality that few others have been able to reach. Two hundred and fifty-seven administrators were awarded leadership awards nationally.

May 26, 2015 | Staff report | Business


Chamber job fair brings in crowd of employers, applicants

Jobseekers eagerly awaited the Effingham Chamber of Commerce's second annual job fair. So much so they were lined up well before the doors of the Effingham College and Career Academy opened.

May 19, 2015 | By Patrick Donahue | Business


A booming month for ports

Port of Savannah container volumes jumped 25.8 percent in April, with a total volume of 335,337 20-foot equivalent container units, or an additional 69,000 units. The Georgia Ports Authority also saw strong growth in roll-on/roll-off traffic, moving 77,574 units through Brunswick and Savannah, a 14.1 percent gain.

May 19, 2015 | Staff report | Business


Volvo turns to South Carolina

Volvo Cars has chosen Berkeley County in South Carolina as the location of its first American factory, investing up to $500 million in a facility with a capacity to initially produce up to 100,000 cars per year.

May 12, 2015 | Staff report | Business


Chamber job fair set for Wednesday

The Effingham Chamber of Commerce will hold a job fair Wednesday at the Effingham College and Career Academy.

May 08, 2015 | Staff report | Business


State’s lures could reel in big catch for area, say legislators

The state is making inroads with economic development, members of Effingham County's General Assembly delegation, and the next big prize could be an automobile manufacturer.

May 05, 2015 | By Patrick Donahue | Business


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