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More farmers can turn to solar power through Rural Development

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 ...

September 20, 2010 | Staff Report | Business


Georgia Heritage FCU offers free financial seminar

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.
"Financial First Aid to Survive ...

September 20, 2010 | Staff Report | Business


Coastal Bank promotes Adkins to retail banking VP

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 ...

September 20, 2010 | Staff Report | Business


State Chamber taps DNR’s Clark

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 ...

September 20, 2010 | Staff Report | Business


Ports tout growth, push for expansion with Atlanta Chamber

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 ...

September 20, 2010 | Staff Report | Business


Ports primed for more growth

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."
In ...

September 16, 2010 | Staff Report | Business


A new day for Walmart

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.
Photos by Rick Lott

September 13, 2010 | Staff Report | Business


Building a better Web site

A three-hour seminar presented by The University of Georgia's International Trade Center, in close cooperation with Bibby Financial Services, The University of Georgia Small Business Development Center and the U.S. Commercial Service will be held Sept. 29, at the Coastal Georgia Center at 305 Fahm St. in Savannah.
It includes:
• A phased approach of simple enhancements to internationalize the Web site, plus modifications to localize the site to suit a specific target country and/or culture.
• Translating the Web site, or part of the website, and promoting it to international search engines, directories and other reference sources.
• Determining ...

September 13, 2010 | Staff Report | Business


Pick-your-own-foods available at GFB certified farm markets

MACON-The late-summer heat is still sizzling away, but the time to get lost in fall farm activities is not far off.
Both food and fun can be found at Georgia Farm Bureau's Certified Farm Markets, many of which offer corn mazes, hay rides, and hands-on agriculture activities like shelling corn or milking a cow as well as farm tours for school groups. Of course, there's also the food. Apples are already available at many North Georgia orchards, and traditional fall crops like pumpkins will soon be ready.
"We'll have eight weekends of pick your own and ...

September 13, 2010 | Staff Report | Business


SBDC to host starting a business workshop

A workshop entitled "Starting a Business" will be held Sept. 23. It is a three hour class that begins at 6 p.m.
If you are thinking of starting a small business, then taking this workshop is a crucial first step. The workshop will cover the basics of what you need to know and do before starting a business.
The session will also cover the traits of successful entrepreneurs, market research, legal structures for business, estimating start-up costs and cash flow projections, financing alternatives, failure factors, and business planning.
Attending this workshop may be one of the most important decisions ...

September 13, 2010 | Staff Report | Business


Coastal Concrete debuts testing lab

Coastal Concrete recently opened a new state-of-the-art concrete testing lab in Pooler. The laboratory, which is one of the first of its kind in the region, conducts high-tech concrete testing and specializes in the research, design and optimization of products for customers.
"We're thrilled to be one of the first concrete companies in the greater Savannah area to offer in-house testing services," said Wayne Tanner, CEO for Coastal Concrete. "We can control all the variables in our lab, ensuring accurate test results and enabling us to optimize products for our customers. This new state-of-the-art concrete laboratory reinforces our corporate ...

September 13, 2010 | Staff Report | Business


CWIB members go on retreat

The Coastal Workforce Investment Board (CWIB) members, including Michael King and David Atkins of Effingham County, came together at their 2010 retreat June 16-18 at St. Simons Island.
The CWIB is a private-sector-led, planning and policy-making entity whose primary responsibility is ensuring that programs funded by the Workforce Investment Act are run effectively and efficiently. The members are appointed by local elected officials and represent the nine counties (Bryan, Bulloch, Camden, Chatham, Effingham, Glynn, Liberty, Long, and McIntosh) that comprise the Coastal Workforce area.
The event was a chance to celebrate the achievements of the previous year including a successful ...

September 02, 2010 | Staff Report | Business


Georgia Ports hosts harbor deepening forum

The Georgia Ports Authority (GPA) hosted local business leaders to discuss the impact of the Savannah Harbor Expansion Project (SHEP). The event brought more than 60 members of the local business, economic development, maritime and logistics industries.
"The Port of Savannah's maritime, logistics and business communities agree that the Savannah Harbor must be prepared for the demands of global shipping after the Panama Canal Expansion is completed in 2014," said GPA Executive Director Curtis J. Foltz. "With vessels like the CMA CGM Figaro already calling on the Port of Savannah, it is imperative that the SHEP is approved and ...

September 02, 2010 | Staff Report | Business


State’s hospitals meeting safety, treatment standards

ATLANTA-Georgia's psychiatric hospitals meet national standards for safe and effective care according to the independent body that accredits them.
The Joint Commission, an organization that sets quality standards for healthcare providers and evaluates their performance, surveyed each of Georgia's seven state hospitals serving people with mental illness, developmental disabilities, and substance use disorders. During the unannounced inspections the Joint Commission looked at many of the same safety and treatment issues that were the subject of a settlement agreement between the state and the U.S. Department of Justice in January 2009. All seven hospitals received continuing accreditation ...

September 02, 2010 | Staff Report | Business


Tuned in to power upgrades

The Sunrise Rotary Club of Effingham member Brian Dickey told fellow Sunrise members about Georgia Power's fall conversion schedule to upgrade local electric utilities. The work will require power outages in specific areas on specific dates beginning Sept. 15. The Sunrise Rotary Club meets at the Guyton Christian Church Center, 105 3rd St. in Guyton, Tuesday mornings at 7:30 a.m. More information is available on its Web site, www.EffinghamRotary.org.

August 26, 2010 | Staff Report | Business


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Parker's celebrating 40 years of business

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State jobless rate rises to 5.5 percent

ATLANTA-The Georgia Department of Labor announced that the state's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in March was 5.5 percent, up one-tenth of a ...

April 14, 2016 | Staff report | Business


Georgia Power base rates to remain flat through 2019

Georgia Power announced today that its base electric rates will remain flat through 2019.

April 14, 2016 | Staff report | Business


Give your investment portfolio a spring cleaning

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Bienvenue, DRT

Surrounded by pine trees, DRT America's first U.S. facility may have a fitting environment.

April 05, 2016 | By Patrick Donahue | Business


IDA will build a road — but it may not lead to studio

The Effingham Industrial Development Authority remains committed to building an entrance road into its property north of Interstate 16 and off Old River Road. Whether ...

April 05, 2016 | By Patrick Donahue | Business


Company calls a halt to Palmetto Pipeline work

A company looking to build a controversial pipeline through much of eastern Georgia, including Effingham County, has announced it is suspending work on the project.

April 05, 2016 | By Patrick Donahue | Business


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