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One-Stop Center marks first anniversary

The Coastal Workforce Investment Board announces the one-year anniversary of the Effingham One-Stop Career Center. The partnership between the Effingham County Commissioners, Coastal Workforce Investment Board and the Georgia Department of Labor has extended services to Effingham residents for one year now.

May 23, 2011 | Staff Report | Business


State regulators take over Atlantic Southern

The Georgia Department of Banking and Finance took possession of Atlantic Southern Bank, Macon on Friday. The Superior Court of Bibb County issued an order appointing the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation as receiver of the bank effective upon the Department of Banking and Finance taking possession of Atlantic Southern Bank.

May 23, 2011 | Staff Report | Business


Howell joins Bernard Williams Insurance

SAVANNAH-Hollis Howell has been appointed to the position of commercial lines account manager at Bernard Williams Insurance and Financial Services in Savannah.

May 23, 2011 | Staff Report | Business


Chamber prepares for 25th annual meeting

The Effingham Chamber of Commerce has announced plans for its 25th annual Chamber Meeting on June 9 at Effingham County High School.

May 19, 2011 | Staff Report | Business


Chamber holds annual Small Business Summit

The Effingham Chamber of Commerce held its 2nd annual Small Business Summit last week to a receptive audience of small business people. The event was designed to provide educational sessions on various business topics and ran from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

May 16, 2011 | Staff Report | Business


April the second-busiest month in ports history

The Georgia Ports Authority announced Monday that the Port of Savannah posted its second highest monthly volume ever in April with 260,035 20-foot equivalent units (TEUs), which was a 8.5-percent increase compared with April 2010.

May 16, 2011 | Staff Report | Business


Welcome to the team

Dr. Joseph Ratchford, left, and Dr. Prakesh Patel, center, of Effingham Medical Partners, welcomed Rick Garland to their staff. Garland is a physician's assistant and said he hoped he can take some of the load off Dr. Ratchford and Dr. Garland since they have been without a PA.

May 09, 2011 | Staff Report | Business


H&R Block banquet

The H&R Block banquet was held April 19 at the New Ebenezer Retreat Center.

May 05, 2011 | Staff Report | Business


Badcock cuts the ribbon

Effingham Chamber of Commerce and representatives from Badcock watch as Norman Mattice, manager of the Rincon store, uses a giant pair of scissors to cut the ribbon to officially mark the remodeled Backcock Home Furniture & More's opening.

May 02, 2011 | Staff Report | Business


Building gets new life as Second Life

The Effingham County Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting for Second Life Thrift Store in Guyton. Life Director, Fran Todd, along with local manager, Nina Dasher, welcomed the crowd gathered to celebrate the store's opening next to the Guyton City Hall.

April 28, 2011 | Staff Report | Business


Metro Savannah jobless rate falls to 8.6 percent

ATLANTA – State Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said that the preliminary unadjusted unemployment rate in the metro Savannah area decreased to 8.6 percent in March, down five-tenths of a percentage point from a revised 9.1 percent in February. The jobless rate in the metro Savannah area in March a year ago was also 8.6 percent.

April 28, 2011 | Staff Report | Business


Georgia Southern to embark on major capital campaign

Georgia Southern President Brooks Keel announced Wednesday the university's intent to kick-off a major capital fundraising campaign to fund continued growth and advancements in the college's quality of education.

April 28, 2011 | Staff Report | Business


Deal applauds Kia’s expansion announcement

Kia Motors announced last Thursday at the New York International Auto Show that it will begin producing the critically acclaimed Kia Optima midsize sedan at its West Point plant. Production on the 2012 Optima will begin in the third quarter of this year, and Kia Motors Manufacturing Georgia, Inc. (KMMG) is currently accepting applications for the 1,000 workers it intends to hire to support this new production line. The total number of team members at KMMG is expected to reach nearly 3,000 later this year.

April 25, 2011 | Staff Report | Business


Georgia Ports welcome world’s largest RoRo vessel

The Georgia Ports Authority welcomed the largest RoRo (Roll-on / Roll-off) vessel ever to call Georgia's deepwater ports when the M/V Tønsberg, operated by Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics (WWL), docked at the Port of Brunswick's Colonel's Island Terminal RoRo Facility on Monday. Following discharging and loading activity in Brunswick, the Tønsberg will call the Port of Savannah's Ocean Terminal today.'

April 25, 2011 | Staff Report | Business


State Chamber creates transportation affiliate

The Georgia Chamber of Commerce announced today the creation of a new transportation-focused affiliate, the Georgia Transportation Alliance (GTA).

April 21, 2011 | Staff Report | Business


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Chamber welcomes new businesses

The Effingham Chamber of Commerce celebrated ribbon cuttings for Howard Family Dental and That Dress.

March 17, 2014 | Staff report | Business


Ameris to acquire The Coastal Bank

Ameris Bancorp, the parent company of Ameris Bank, announces the acquisition of The Coastal Bank (Coastal Bankshares, Inc), scheduled to close in the third quarter of 2014. Once this merger is finalized, Ameris Bank will be the largest community bank on the Georgia coast.

March 17, 2014 | Staff report | Business


Effingham jobless rate up slightly from December’s mark

ATLANTA – The Georgia Department of Labor announced Thursday that the unemployment rate in the Coastal Georgia region increased to 7.5 percent in January, up three-tenths of a percentage point from 7.2 percent in December. The rate was 8.9 percent in January a year ago.

March 13, 2014 | Staff report | Business


Savannah Tech’s impact approaches $57M

In fiscal year 2012, Savannah Technical College had an economic impact on its four-county service area of nearly $57 million with spending directly or indirectly related to the college, according to a new study released by the Terry College of Business at the University of Georgia.

March 10, 2014 | Staff report | Business


State Labor Department to help AT&T recruit wire technicians

ATLANTA - The Georgia Department of Labor will help AT&T recruit a number of wire technicians to install U-verse integrated digital TV, high-speed internet, and voice services.

March 10, 2014 | Staff report | Business


State jobless rate falls to 7.4 percent

ATLANTA - The Georgia Department of Labor announced that Georgia's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate decreased to 7.3 percent in January, down one-tenth of a percentage point from 7.4 percent in December. The rate was 8.6 percent in January a year ago.

March 10, 2014 | Staff report | Business


IDA, Chamber to work on contract agreement

Effingham Industrial Development Authority members tabled action on their contract with the Effingham Chamber of Commerce. But IDA members backed the relationship between the two organizations.

March 03, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Business


‘Operation: Workforce’ tries to fill mission of jobs for vets

Operation: Workforce, an online one-stop shop portal for all veteran employment issues in Georgia, is currently serving more than 1,700 veterans and 730 Georgia employers. Created in November 2012, the site was launched by the Governor's Office of Workforce Development as a part of Gov. Nathan Deal's veteran-specific initiative to help connect our heroes with meaningful employment.

March 03, 2014 | Staff report | Business


Interest builds again in IDA’s Treutlen site

The loss of a Chinese phosphate company hasn't slowed the Effingham Industrial Development Authority.

February 27, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Business


Effingham Women in Business to hold meet and greet, expo

Effingham Women in Business will host a meet and greet and mini business expo event March 11 from 6:30-8 p.m. at Faith Presbyterian Church's social hall. The church is located at 2000 Lexington Ave. in Rincon just past Macomber Ball Park.

February 27, 2014 | Staff report | Business


Medient expected to have master plan finished soon

Medient Studios is expected to present a master plan in the next 30 days for its planned production complex, according to Effingham Industrial Development Authority CEO John Henry.

February 24, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Business


PSC members support federal loans for Vogtle

Commissioners Lauren "Bubba" McDonald Jr. (R-Habersham County) and Doug Everett (R-Albany) are applauding the U.S. Energy Department's finalization of $6.5 billion in federal loan guarantees to assist Georgia Power with the construction of two new units at its Alvin W. Vogtle Nuclear Power Plant.

February 24, 2014 | Staff report | Business


Georgia Ports start off 2014 with strong month

The Georgia Ports Authority opened calendar year 2014 with a strong January, achieving gains of 12.5 percent in 20-foot equivalent container units (TEUs) and 7.3 percent in overall tonnage, compared to January 2013.

February 20, 2014 | Staff report | Business


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