A real estate developer wants to renovate part of downtown Albany. Albany city officials are considering a proposal to fix up Front Street.
Federal regulators seized two more Georgia banks late Friday, making 16 failures for the year and 67 since the middle of 2008, leading the nation. And there's likely more pain ahead for the industry in the rest of 2011. High Trust Bank in Stockbridge, and Atlanta-based One Georgia Bank were both were heavy in commerical real estate loans.
Gov. Nathan Deal will host the second meeting of his Georgia competitiveness initiative, which focuses on job creation and a statewide economic development strategy. Deal announced the effort soon after taking office in January. It concentrates on attracting and keeping high-paying jobs in Georgia.
How the state regulates large-scale farm waste is under scrutiny. A federal review says 70 percent of the farms don’t have proper oversight. The U.S. Inspector General’s office report says there’s a significant risk that Georgia’s supervision of farm animal waste disposal doesn’t protect water quality.
A new study suggests impending layoffs at a former nuclear weapons facility near Augusta could deal a blow to the local economy. Noel Brown of WACG in Augusta reports plans to cut nearly 2,000 jobs at the Savannah River Site by next year are already underway.
Georgia restaurant operators are weighing-in on how the state’s new immigration law is affecting their business. On Friday, the Georgia Restaurant Association released the results of a survey. Nearly 50 percent of respondents say they have a labor shortage right now. And nearly 9-in-10 say they expect to have problems filling jobs in the future.
A movement is underway to make Georgia’s rivers more accessible for recreation. A week-long event gets hundreds of paddlers out on a different river in the state each year, and it’s opening up those waters to more people year round.
Georgia’s last drought shut down half of the state’s nurseries and garden centers by some estimates. The current hot, dry weather brought spring sales to a sudden end for many nurseries this year. But since no new water-use restrictions have been implemented, growers and garden centers are doing OK.
Robins Air Force Base has resolved 36 of 39 safety violations. OSHA issued the citations because of too much toxic dust. Changes include better safety equipment and cleaner work space.
The Georgia Branch of Associated General Contractors of America is calling for a “safety stand-down” Aug. 3. During the statewide work stoppage – lasting from 5 minutes to an hour, depending on the job site – supervisors and workers will learn how to spot heat illness and prevent it.