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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. And Matt Bell says he just doesn’t see it.

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.

'Work Ready,' But Few Jobs

Georgia has certified 56 counties as being "Work Ready," but the designation -- and the money that follows -- doesn't always lead to new jobs. Work Ready is designed to connect workers and jobs.

Jekyll Overhaul Gets Contractor

A contractor has been chosen to build a new convention center and beach village on Jekyll Island.

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.

No Disaster Aid For Peanut Farmers

Georgia peanut farmers are calling on the United States Department of Agriculture to include their crop in a disaster assistance proposal following flooding in 2009.

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. He takes the post November 1st.

Struggling County Welcomes New Prison

Jenkins County, south of Augusta, has been trying to get a state prison built there for years. The county lost nearly all of its industry between 2007 and 2008 when the housing market collapsed.

Georgia Power Rate Hike is Possible

As Georgia Power asks its regulators for its largest rate hike in decades, the company also wants to change the way it sets rates. Georgia Power is a regulated monopoly, so the state sets a window on how much profit it can make.

Georgia Ports Set Record

Georgia's Ports set an export record for 2009. But it's 2014 that still weighs on ports leaders' minds because a critical harbor deepening project is delayed. 2014 is when larger ships will sail the Panama Canal. But Savannah probably won't be ready for them until 2015.

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