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Homebuilders Are Still Struggling

A new report by the National Homebuilding Association grading industry confidence shows the South as the only region with signs of an upward trend. But that trend may be hard to find in the Georgia homebuilding industry.

Electric Car Ready For The Road

Electric Cars are expected to become popular next year when major automakers like Nissan and Chevrolet will roll out their models of the non polluting vehicles. But, as GPB’s Alex Jud reports, this fall a Georgia-based company hopes to beat all the big auto suppliers by selling the first, fast and affordable electric car.

'Work Ready,' But Few Jobs

Work Ready has used about $1.4 million in stimulus funds. And the state has certified 56 counties as "Work Ready," meaning that they've met educational and other goals. Rural areas, however, have few employers that recognize the certificate and even fewer are hiring.

Jekyll Overhaul Gets Contractor

A contractor has been chosen to build a new convention center and beach village on Jekyll Island. The state-owned island’s Authority says Georgia-based Brasfield and Gorrie LLC will get the contract.

More Agents Target Back Taxes

Georgia's Department of Revenue has beefed-up its staff of agents to go after businesses that owe back taxes. Officials say they've added more than 30 tax agents in the last few months. The department’s top official, Bart Graham, says the extra personnel will cost over $2 million but will pay for itself within a few months.

No Disaster Aid For Peanut Farmers

USDA says no disaster assistance for southern peanut farmers. Heavy rain and flooding in 2009 damaged crops and caused financial losses. No explanation given for decision.

Clark To Lead Georgia Chamber

There is new leadership at the state’s top business organization. Chris Clark has been named President and C-E-O of the Georgia Chamber of Commerce.

Struggling County Welcomes New Prison

Jenkins County has seen its luck turn around. The recent discovery of a civil war prison could bring thousands of tourists to town. But now the county known for having the highest unemployment rate in the state will be the site of a new state prison.

Georgia Power Rate Hike is Possible

Rolled into its latest billion dollar rate increase request is a mechanism that would make it easier for the company to raise rates if profits go down or lower rates if they go up

Georgia Ports Set Record

But the chief of Georgia's Ports Authority says, he's still frustrated by delays in the process to approve deepening the Savannah harbor. Curtis Foltz doesn't believe business will suffer as long as work is well underway by the time larger ships start sailing through the Panama Canal in 2014.

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