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.
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.
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
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.
“Stagnant” is the word Georgia’s top labor official used Thursday to describe the state’s job market. The jobless rate stands at 10 percent – the same as a year ago. To stimulate hiring, the state will expand its job training program. Critics say the program is free labor for employers because trainees aren’t paid.
Most of the state's high-speed rail projects are waiting for federal grant money to move forward. The state applied for 60 million dollars to study lines from Atlanta to Charlotte, to Macon, and to Savannah. State transportation officials say they should know by mid –October how much Georgia will get.
Allegiant Airlines will enable service expansion into Fort Lauderdale. The new destination is expected to bring in more tourists as it connects two vacation cities.
During a severe financial crunch, Brunswick pays $67,000 to remove a sunken shrimp boat. The boat owners cannot afford the cost of removal and are leaving it completely to the city. This is just one of 33 boats in Glynn county waters that are waiting to be cleaned up. A total of 130 boats are submerged off Georgia’s costs. The process of removing and cleaning up a sunken boat ranges from $42,000 to $70,000.
So far, Georgia has accepted $163 million in stimulus funds for improving broadband internet.