The Georgia Children's Museum in downtown Macon is no more. The chronically struggling institution closed for the last time Friday for lack of funds.
A proposal for Chatham County to take over Hutchinson Island from the City of Savannah is on hold until county and city officials can meet to discuss the idea. State Rep. Ron Stephens (R-Savannah) tells GPB that plans to submit legislation to de-annex Hutchinson Island from the city are "in limbo" until city and Chatham County officials can work out their differences.
Georgia ports officials are edging closer to beginning work on the long-planned expansion of the Port of Savannah. Dredging to deepen the port should begin by June, according to the chairman of the Georgia Ports Authority Board. Robert Jepson says he's confident work will be underway when he completes his term as chairman this summer.
Savannah has become the first community in Georgia to offer a public bike sharing program. It’s starting small – just two stations and 16 bicycles. But organizers of the program CAT Bike say they hope to eventually expand the program, which is patterned after those in cities from Boston to Des Moines to Denver. Savannah’s Mayor Pro Tem Van Johnson says the city’s flat terrain and warm climate make it easily walkable and bikeable.
Some companies are opening their doors to their young workers' parents, often in the form of open houses or "bring your parents to work" days. But GPB's workplace expert says that also opens the door to problems.
The American Society of Civil Engineers is releasing a report card for Georgia's infrastructure. The group rates the state every four years. It looks at roads, bridges, ports, airports and other areas related to infrastructure. The overall grade is a C.
Even though the state is still climbing out of the recession of 2008, it looks like it’s going to be a good year for the economy. That was the message given to a room full of business leaders at the Middle Georgia Economic Outlook event in Warner Robins on Thursday. Mercer University economist Roger Tutterow predicted Georgia’s economic growth will outpace the nation's in 2014. Tutterow says while Macon and Warner Robbins have not experienced a lot of payroll growth, the economy of Middle Georgia remains fundamentally healthy.
A self-proclaimed “modern day picker,” John Jones owns EcoRecycle and buys, sells and restores vintage and antique items. He spends Sundays running his shop at Smiley’s Flea Market on Hawkinsville Road.
Georgia shrimpers are asking the federal government to declare this fall's shrimp harvest a disaster. Final harvest numbers won't be in for another month. But shrimpers are reporting some of their worst fall harvests ever. A disaster declaration would make harvesters eligible for financial aid. A spokesman for the industry says the summer's heavy rains and a marine disease led to the low shrimp populations.
The labor and housing markets should continue their steady rise in the coming year. That's the economic forecast for a three-county Savannah region. Armstrong Atlantic State University economist Michael Toma is scheduled to give are business leaders their economic outlook later in January.