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Grants Help Small Businesses Export Products

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.

Chatham Officials Move Hotel Forward

Chatham County Commissioners want more study into a proposed convention hotel in Savannah. The hotel has generated heated opposition because of possible public support.

Middle Georgia Meets To Boost Business

Economic development officials met with business leaders from Middle Georgia Macon today in Macon. The goal is to come together as a region and create jobs. It’s all part of a statewide competitiveness initiative launched by the governor in April.

Savannah Marathon Could Set Record

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, about 20,000 people so far have registered for the November event.

Congress To Hold Georgia Bank Failure Hearing

The proliferation of bank failures in Georgia has drawn the attention of Congress.

NRC Staff: Vogtle Reactor Design Safe

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.

State Revenues Up $84M

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. July is the first month of the state's 2012 fiscal year.

GA Eyes NC Farm Worker Co-op

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 legal workers.

Imperial Sugar Settles EPD Violation

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.

No Jobs in GA For Many

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.