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Governor touts job creation

Gov. Nathan Deal has announced that the Global Commerce Division of the Georgia Department of Economic Development produced a 10 percent increase in job creation during the state's most recent fiscal year. Department statistics show its 389 company expansion or location announcements generated 31,656 jobs and $6.07 billion in investment. These statistics indicate a continued trend of growth since the state's 2009 fiscal year.

December 26, 2013 | Staff report | Business


State jobless rate dips to 7.7 percent

ATLANTA - The Georgia Department of Labor announced Thursday that Georgia's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate decreased to 7.7 percent in November, its lowest point since November 2008, when it was 7.6 percent. The rate is down four-tenths of a percentage point from 8.1 percent in October and a full percentage point from 8.7 percent in November a year ago.

December 19, 2013 | Staff report | Business


Farm Bureau hits Jekyll Island for convention

JEKYLL ISLAND - More than 1,500 Georgia farmers and agribusiness leaders from across the state met on Jekyll Island Dec. 8-10 for the 76th annual Georgia Farm Bureau Convention.

December 16, 2013 | Staff report | Business


IDA waiting on MOU from Chinese firm

A Chinese firm that will open a facility in Effingham County is continuing to work on acquiring visas for its initial workforce, but the memorandum of understanding is still waiting action.

December 05, 2013 | By Patrick Donahue | Business


Entertainment mogul joins Medient Studios board

Charles Koppelman, chairman and CEO of CAK Entertainment Inc., has joined Medient Studios as vice chairman of the board of directors.

December 05, 2013 | Staff report | Business


Jobless rate for metro area rises

ATLANTA - The Georgia Department of Labor has announced that metro Savannah's unemployment rate increased to 7.5 percent in October, up two-tenths of a percentage point from 7.3 percent in September. The rate was 8 percent in October a year ago.

December 02, 2013 | Staff report | Business


Self ‘excited’ to join Medient

The newest member of Medient Studios' corporate team knows something about the movie business and the Coastal Empire.

December 01, 2013 | By Patrick Donahue | Business


Businesses turning on to the social media wave

Just having a Web site may not be enough for business owners anymore.

November 25, 2013 | By Patrick Donahue | Business


Burns talks care center

State Rep. Jon Burns and Melissa Waller of Effingham Care Center visited about long-term care issues after the annual Veterans Day ceremony in Springfield.

November 25, 2013 | Staff report | Business


Medient eyes January start for site road work

The start for heavy construction at Medient Studios has been pushed back a few months, and CEO Manu Kumaran said the company is on the verge of another announcement.

November 21, 2013 | By Patrick Donahue | Business


State unemployment rate drops to 8.1 percent

ATLANTA-The Georgia Department of Labor announced Thursday that Georgia's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate decreased to 8.1 percent in October, down two-tenths of a percentage point from 8.3 percent in September. The rate was seven-tenths of a percentage point lower than 8.8 percent in October a year ago.

November 21, 2013 | Staff report | Business


Corbitt, Floyd complete Georgia Academy for Economic Development

Wesley Corbitt from the City of Rincon and Forrest Floyd from the Effingham County Board of Commissioners graduated from the Georgia Academy for Economic Development's 2013 Region 12 multi-day training program.

November 14, 2013 | Staff report | Business


Industry appreciation golf tournament tees off

The Effingham Chamber of Commerce and Industrial Development Authority held the annual industry appreciation golf tournament recently at Lost Plantation Golf Club. This event is held every year as a way to say thank you to local industries for all they give back to Effingham County. The City of Springfield provided lunch and Rincon provided the soft drinks to an appreciative field of golfers.

November 04, 2013 | Staff report | Business


SHRM chapter earns state, national recogntion

The Savannah Area Chapter of the Society of Human Resource Management members were recognized and awarded for their programs as part of the "ERASE The Threat" series.

November 04, 2013 | Staff report | Business


Georgia earns No. 1 ranking in U.S. for business

Gov. Nathan Deal announced Monday that Georgia's business climate has been named No. 1 in the nation by Site Selection magazine, one of the nation's top economic development trade publications.

November 04, 2013 | Staff report | Business


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Studio, IDA close to finishing deal

The master plan, development schedule and supplemental agreement between Moon River Studios and the Effingham Industrial Development Authority could be approved as soon as Thursday evening.

October 21, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Business


Manufacturing company looking to hire employees

The Georgia Department of Labor will help Caesarstone, a new manufacturing company in Richmond Hill, recruit for a number of positions.

October 16, 2014 | Staff report | Business


Moon River announces new CFO

Moon River Studios, Inc., announced the appointment of Steven Bahlmann as its new chief financial officer, secretary and treasurer. As CFO, Bahlmann will be responsible for the financial management of the company, accounting, strategic planning and investor relationships.

October 16, 2014 | Staff report | Business


Studio shooting for early 2015 start

Construction on the initial soundstages for a massive studio project could happen as soon as January, Moon River Studios CEO Jake Shapiro said Thursday.

October 14, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Business


Gulfstream unveils two new business jets

Gulfstream Aerospace has introduced an all-new family of business jets: the Gulfstream G500 and G600. The two new aircraft optimize speed, wide-cabin comfort and efficiency to offer customers best-in-class performance with advanced safety features.

October 14, 2014 | Staff report | Business


Harbor deepening ready to commence

"Georgia and its congressional delegation have fought long and hard to see this project through to fruition - a project that is vitally important for economic development and job creation not only in the Southeast, but nationally as well," said Gov. Nathan Deal. "After years of regulatory purgatory, we finally cleared the last hurdle and hope to begin dredging in the Savannah River before the end of the year. This pivotal link in our logistics network will aid in the prompt delivery of valuable cargo to and from every corner of Georgia and, in turn, preserve and create jobs and encourage ...

October 09, 2014 | Staff report | Business


Triple J Farms honored as Georgia Centennial Farm

Eighteen farms, including Effingham County's Triple J Farms, were honored Friday at the Georgia Centennial Farm Awards.

October 07, 2014 | Staff report | Business


Studio ready to start hiring

A final master plan and supplemental agreement between the Effingham County Industrial Development Authority and a movie production company could be finished in the next few weeks.

September 30, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Business


Effingham unemployment rate up slightly for August

ATLANTA - The Georgia Department of Labor announced Thursday that the preliminary unemployment rate in Effingham County was 6.7 percent for August, up slightly from 6.6 percent in June.

September 30, 2014 | Staff report | Business


GPA: Ports creating wave of growth

In his annual state of the port address Thursday, Georgia Ports Authority Executive Director Curtis Foltz reported 1,900 new jobs and 2.7 million square feet of industrial expansion tied to a year of growth for Georgia's deepwater ports.

September 30, 2014 | Staff report | Business


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