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Ms. Jean's cuts ribbon

Effingham County Chamber of Commerce representatives helped Ms. Jean's Restaurant in Rincon cut the ribbon for their business recently.

April 22, 2013 | Staff | Business


State jobless rate falls to lowest point in more than four years

The Georgia Department of Labor announced that Georgia's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate dipped to 8.4 percent in March, the lowest rate since December 2008. The rate was down two-tenths of a percentage point from 8.6 percent in February and seven-tenths of a percentage point from 9.1 percent in March a year ago.

April 18, 2013 | Staff report | Business


State FY14 budget includes $50M for port deepening

The $50 million in additional port deepening funds proposed by Gov. Nathan Deal has been approved by the state legislature and now awaits the governor's signature.

April 04, 2013 | Staff report | Business


Work begins on new Dollar General

The group building a new store in Rincon has wasted little time in getting its site ready.

April 01, 2013 | By Patrick Donahue | Business


Effingham Health System awarded Komen grant

The Coastal Georgia Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure will award $345,000 for community services that will fund everything from educational programs to screening mammograms, including Effingham Health System's comprehensive education and screening program.

March 28, 2013 | Staff report | Business


Metro jobless rate falls to 7.8 percent

ATLANTA - The Georgia Department of Labor announced Thursday that metro Savannah's unemployment rate declined to 7.8 percent in February, down five-tenths of a percentage point from 8.3 percent in January. The rate was 8.7 percent in February a year ago.

March 28, 2013 | Staff report | Business


GSU to host community bank symposium

Georgia Southern University's Center for Excellence in Financial Services and the Georgia Bankers Association will host the seventh annual Community Bank Symposium on March 27 from 7:30 a.m.-2:45 p.m. at the Forest Heights Country Club in Statesboro.

March 25, 2013 | Staff report | Business


Georgia Ports mark February tonnage increase

Georgia Ports Authority Executive Director Curtis Foltz reported strong growth for February, with an increase of 6.9 percent - or 147,650 tons - in total cargo compared to the same month last year, moving 2.27 million tons of freight in February.

March 25, 2013 | Staff report | Business


State jobless rate falls to lowest in 4 years

ATLANTA - The Georgia Department of Labor announced that Georgia's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate dipped to 8.6 percent in February, the lowest rate since January 2009. The rate was down one-tenth of a percentage point from 8.7 percent in January and six-tenths of a percentage point from 9.2 percent in February 2012.

March 21, 2013 | Staff report | Business


Studio liked what it saw from Effingham

It didn't take long for Medient Studios to like what it saw in Effingham County and make the decision to build their movie and DVD production in Effingham.

March 21, 2013 | By Patrick Donahue | Business


CEO: ‘Nothing quite like it in the world’

It's not just the size and scope of the Medient Studios project that makes it stand out, according to CEO and Chairman Manu Kumaran.

March 21, 2013 | By Patrick Donahue | Business


Curtain rises on Effingham project

Evoking one of cinema's most renowned closing lines of a movie, Manu Kumaran ushered in a partnership between his company and the Effingham Industrial Development Authority.

March 21, 2013 | By Patrick Donahue | Business


IDA prepares for 'major' prospect

The Effingham Industrial Development Authority is on the verge of signing a prospect who could change the economic landscape of the county, according to sources.

March 18, 2013 | By Patrick Donahue | Business


Health care law carries burdens and lots of questions

The effects of the Affordable Care Act could be as long as the document itself, according to Tim O'Hayre of BB&T Insurance Services.

March 18, 2013 | By Patrick Donahue | Business


Jobless rate rises to 7.8 percent

ATLANTA-The Georgia Department of Labor announced Thursday that the unemployment rate in metro Savannah rose to 8.3 percent in January, up two-tenths of a percentage point from 8.1 percent in December. The rate was 8.9 percent in January 2012.

March 14, 2013 | 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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