Governor Sonny Perdue has announced which rural areas are getting funds from this year's tobacco settlement money. And the big winner isn't rural at all. Metro Savannah gets the largest award in this year's grants from the One Georgia Authority. The grant will help Gulfstream Aerospace build a new facility that's designed to add 1,000 new jobs.
Gulfstream Aerospace has announced a major new expansion that will create more than 1,000 new jobs. A seven-year, $500 million plan represents a bright spot in Georgia's recession-wracked economy. Company officials say, many of the jobs will be at its Savannah headquarters in areas like production engineering and technical support staff.
Savannah is out-performing the rest of the state when it comes to job and salary growth. A California-based think tank puts the coastal city No.1 in Georgia and 40th nationally for best-performing cities, economically. The ranking by the Milken Institute relies heavily on job and salary growth in the high-tech sector.