Small agricultural businesses in Georgia and the South can get money to help sell their products abroad through a program with the Southern U.S. Trade Association. The group began accepting applications in August for federal money that will pay up to half of companies’ marketing costs to expand their exports.
Chatham County Commissioners are going forward with more study of a proposed hotel on Hutchinson Island. The hotel would be next to Savannah's waterfront convention center and could get some public financing. County officials say, private companies won't build the hotel without some kind of public support.
Competitive Initiative underway to increase business in Georgia. Regions have different strengths. Chamber president rejects notion of "two Georgia's".
A running event in Savannah is on pace to become Georgia's largest marathon and half-marathon. A spokesman for the national Rock 'n Roll Marathon group says, 20,000 people so far have registered for the November event. The spokesman says the running event is expected to sell-out at 23,000 people.
The proliferation of bank failures in Georgia has drawn the attention of Congress. The House Financial Services Committee's Subcommittee on Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit will host a hearing in Newnan on Aug. 16. U.S. Rep. Lynn Westmoreland says the hearing will focus on the impact regulations may be having on community banks.
Staffers at the Nuclear Regulatory Commission say they believe the new nuclear reactors to be built at Plant Vogtle are safe. Approval of the Westinghouse AP1000 design sets the stage for final commission approval.
Georgia started the fiscal year with some good economic news. Revenues are up 7.3 percent for July from the same month the year before. That's an increase of $84 million. Georgia ended the 2011 fiscal year reporting 8 percent growth, beating budget projections for the year. That came after several years of sluggish tax collections.
State officials are eying a North Carolina coop program that makes it easier for small farmers to hire foreign guest workers. Many of Georgia's large growers already employ such workers. The program could help farmers who continue to say Georgia’s new immigration law has scared away migrant workers this summer.
Imperial Sugar has agreed to pay $80,000 to settle multiple charges that the company violated Georgia's clean water standards. The state Environmental Protection Division says, the company sent sugary wastewater down drains leading to the river. The violations could have occurred as a result of idled or new equipment since the 2008 explosion that killed 14 people.
Nearly half a million Georgians are without jobs. The state’s unemployment rate is about 10 percent, essentially unchanged from a year ago. One expert says, there are simply no jobs for four out of five people looking for work.