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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


New group on the job at Effingham Hospital ER

Effingham Health System officially welcomed a team of doctors Monday who will take the hospital to "the next level of care," according to CEO Norma Jean Morgan.

February 17, 2014 | By Paul Floeckher | Business


Planned Rincon Chick-fil-A clears hurdle

An approved development agreement may help start the work on a highly-anticipated venture in Rincon.

February 13, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Business


USDA taking rural enterprise business grant applications

Applications are currently being accepted for the USDA Rural Business Enterprise Grant for projected 2014 funding of the program. The RBEG program provides grants for rural projects that finance and facilitate development of small and emerging rural businesses, help fund distance learning networks, and help fund employment related adult education programs.

February 10, 2014 | Staff report | Business


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Savannah SHRM chapter hosts annual retreat

The Savannah Area Chapter of the Society of Human Resource Management hosted their annual HR retreat for 125 attendees from Georgia, Florida and South Carolina on July 24 in downtown Savannah at the Embassy Suites.

August 11, 2014 | Staff report | Business


Medient ready to deliver revised master plan

The new master plan for a planned massive film production studio could be in the hands of Effingham County officials as soon as Friday, the studio CEO said.

August 07, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Business


Governor praises film industry impact on state

Georgia-lensed feature films and television productions generated an economic impact of $5.1 billion during fiscal year 2014, Gov. Nathan Deal announced.

August 07, 2014 | Staff report | Business


Annual farm tour gets into county’s agribusiness

The annual Effingham County Young Farmers tour let participants see how advanced agriculture has become - and get a glimpse of a burgeoning new agribusiness endeavor.

August 04, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Business


SouthCoast undergoes a rebranding, name change

The Savannah-based medical organization formerly known as SouthCoast Medical Group has re-branded officially as SouthCoast Health. The change will be reflected in the organization's name, logo, Web site and overall visual identity.

August 04, 2014 | Staff report | Business


Zeigler earns personal financial representative title from Allstate

Effingham County's Dusty Zeigler is among an elite group of Allstate insurance agency owners who recently earned the personal financial representative title.

August 04, 2014 | Staff report | Business


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


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