Tourism and retail spending are boosting Savannah's economy, but those are the only positive signs in a third quarter economic report. Armstrong Atlantic State University's Center for Regional Analysis released its quarterly forecast this week. Center director Michael Toma says, out of seven economic trends the forecast tracks, only hotel stays and retail recepts posted gains.
A slowly recovering economy and more realistic expectations are giving Georgia consumers a bit more confidence this spring. In a survey from Georgia Southern University, 61 percent of people think the economy is the same or better than last year. They also feel more secure in their jobs and feel better off financially than a year ago.