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.
A new year has dawned and many people are thinking about goals for 2014. But don’t go overboard, warns our resident workplace and career expert. Brandon Smith says just one goal (maybe two) is enough. He suggests setting a goal for work, work-life balance or relationships in 2014.
New York has the Ball Drop. Atlanta has the Peach Drop. Now, Savannah is starting its own tradition to ring in the new year. It involves a giant replica of a plastic cup. The cup celebrates a Savannah tradition: being able to drink on the streets year-round. The six-foot-tall steel and plastic cup replicates those taken "to go" from bars.
2013 will go down as one of the worst years ever for a signature Georgia crop. Farmers had warned of a bad year, as record-shattering rainfall in central and southern Georgia led to widespread "pecan scab," a devastating fungal disease. Industry analysts say the final tally of about 40 percent below average yield is even worse than they'd feared.
Fresh drinking water is becoming an issue on the Georgia coast. State officials are studying a potential new source. The Environmental Protection Division is looking at the deep Cretaceous aquifer because the shallower Floridan aquifer can't take any more pumping. But water from the Cretaceous aquifer is more expensive to reach. One study will look at new technologies designed to make it cheaper.
The U.S. Census bureau has released the latest data on median household income across the nation. New York NPR member station, WNYC created an interactive map that measures income trends across neighborhoods allowing users to explore differences in income down to the state and county. Dante Chini, director of the American Communities Project at American University in Washington, D.C., explained the importance of examining the nation’s differences in income and wealth on the NPR program The Takeway.