March 20, 2017
It’s Summit season again, and this is going to be the best one yet. Yes, we say that every year, but it just keeps getting better! This year will see the return of Summit staples like an address from Governor Deal, an update on the state of transportation in Georgia, and many other great presentations and discussions on industry best practices.
An Inside Look at Colony Bank in Savannah with Market President Drew Hulsey, and VPs’ Kate Rott and Sara Norwood
March 15, 2017
Savannah CEO had the pleasure of interviewing Drew Hulsey, Savannah Market President for Colony Bank, along with his executive team members, Kate Rott, Commercial Lending Vice President, and Sara Norwood, Office Manager and Vice President for the downtown branch. During our time together, Hulsey, Rott and Norwood share updates on last year’s grand opening of their beautiful new location on Drayton Street in the heart of downtown Savannah, and what they are doing collectively between their three Savannah branch locations to better meet the needs of individuals and communities throughout Central and South Georgia.
March 14, 2017
The Georgia Department of Economic Development, along with the Georgia Economic Developers Association recognized Georgia’s 2017 “Small Business Rock Stars.” GDEcD and GEDA hosted a luncheon where four Georgia companies were honored for being an outstanding, unique and impactful small business.
March 13, 2017
State Transportation Board member Ann R. Purcell and STB Chair Robert Brown joined Georgia Department of Transportation Commissioner Russell R. McMurry, P.E. and Georgia Department of Economic Development Commissioner Pat Wilson in officially opening Georgia’s brand new Welcome Center. The Chatham County facility is the first Georgia Welcome Center location to greet travelers along the I-95 corridor.
March 10, 2017
On Feb. 25th, the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame honored eight highly accomplished athletes during their annual induction ceremony held at the historic Macon City Auditorium. The group included football player Keith Brooking, golfer Laura Coble, tennis coach Manuel Diaz, football and track athlete Willie Gault, basketball player Matt Harpring, football player Garrison Hearst, athletic leader/golf coach Liz Murphey and football player Jeff Saturday.
March 09, 2017
Georgia holds the title as the number one state in the nation in which to do business—a title it has held for four years in a row. And when 98 percent of Georgia companies (employing under 100) are considered small businesses, it makes sense the Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD) would want to salute these business owners with Georgia Small Business Week taking place March 13-17.
March 08, 2017
The Masters Tournament returns to Augusta on April 3-9, and if you are looking to enjoy the week of golf amid true Southern hospitality, you’ll want to check out The Azalea House. According to General Manager, Chris DeMain, this premier hospitality facility, located on Azalea Drive in the National Hills neighborhood just across the street from the course, is fully focused on hospitality and understanding client entertainment.
March 06, 2017
The Armstrong State University/Georgia Southern University Consolidation Implementation Committee will review four key recommendations developed by the Operational Working Groups at its meeting regarding the naming of campuses and support for student athletes.
Savannah Riverboat Cruises Celebrates 25 Years Sailing the Savannah River Aboard its New Georgia Queen
February 28, 2017
On Friday evening, February 24th, Savannah Riverboat Cruises held a grand affair aboard its new Georgia Queen to officially christen the 1000-passenger cruise ship and to commemorate the company’s 25th anniversary sailing the Savannah River.
February 22, 2017
The Georgia Department of Economic Development released Georgia’s 2016 trade numbers, which reinforce the states position as a front-runner in the global economy and as a leader in international trade.
February 20, 2017
University System of Georgia Chancellor Steve Wrigley has named Dr. Jennifer Frum interim president of Armstrong State University in Savannah, Georgia. Frum currently serves as the vice president for public service and outreach at the University of Georgia in Athens.
February 09, 2017
Just weeks after two tornados tore through Southwest Georgia, the region played host to the 29th Annual Georgia Quail Hunt, one of the premier economic development events in the nation and the largest for that corner of the state.
February 07, 2017
The Georgia Ports Authority announced the sale of 500 acres of property for commercial development to accommodate growing customer demand for warehousing, distribution and transload facilities near the Port of Savannah.
Latest Survey Results for The Georgia Climate Index Suggest Major Shift in Outlook for Future Business Conditions
February 07, 2017
The results of the fourth quarter Georgia CEO survey suggests that Georgia business leaders feel more optimistic about the current business conditions in Georgia compared to the previous surveys. The purpose of the surveys is to better understand how general business conditions are impacting Georgia CEO subscribers on a quarterly basis. Georgia CEO partners with the Bureau of Business Research and Economic Development (BBRED), a member of the College of Business at Georgia Southern University, to prepare, distribute and analyze the survey.
January 26, 2017
Visit Savannah’s sales team recorded 219,524 meeting- and convention-related room nights, topping its 2015 totals by almost 20,000 room nights. Projected visitor spending revenues from this new business could exceed $65 million. The bookings are for future years and would be an all-time record production for the organization.
January 19, 2017
The Leadership Georgia Board of Trustees recently announced the 2017 Class of Leadership Georgia. Sixty-three participants were selected from a pool of several hundred candidates. With a principal focus on “Georgia A State of Mind,” the 2017 Class of Leadership Georgia will travel to Brasstown Valley, Jesup, Jekyll Island, Perry and Brasselton.
Savannah Entrepreneurs to Discuss Innovation at Georgia Tech-Savannah’s February Learners & Leaders Series
January 18, 2017
Several Savannah business leaders will address Georgia Tech-Savannah’s “Learners and Leaders” series on February 23rd. Together they will examine the history and process of innovation, especially as it applies to entrepreneurs.
SunTrust Bank’s Savannah Region President David Camden Discusses Local Market Trends and Projections
January 12, 2017
When you live in an area with a unique economic environment, you want to keep your finger on the pulse of your community to better understand the strengths and weaknesses of your economy. That’s why David Camden, president and CEO of SunTrust Bank’s Savannah region, says he keeps a close eye on market projections in order to help his clients succeed.
Georgia Chamber Eggs and Issues: Government Leaders Optimistically Address Initiatives, State’s Future
January 11, 2017
Georgia’s top elected officials addressed their priorities and proposals to nearly 2,000 attendees at the Chamber of Commerce “Eggs and Issues Breakfast,” on Tuesday. The meeting coincided with the 2017 state legislative session opening this week.
Driving Business Forward: Chris Elliott of Volvo Savannah, Volvo Cars Hilton Head & Savannah Mitsubishi
December 05, 2016
We had the privilege of talking with Chris Elliott, Dealership Principle of Volvo of Savannah, Volvo Cars Hilton Head (previously Carolina Volvo) and Savannah Mitsubishi. During our interview, Elliott discusses his partnership with Mike Turner and their relocation to the region in 2013. Elliott also provides insights into each of their three dealerships and their unique approach to provide today’s automobile consumers with better experiences in both sales and service.
December 01, 2016
Many businesses hire additional workers during the holiday season to help with increased demand. This year, retailers are expected to employ between 640,000 and 690,000 temporary workers, according to the National Retail Federation. Improperly trained temporary hires can present workplace safety risks. A 2014 study conducted by Travelers Insurance found that 28% of injuries happen within the first year of employment.
November 17, 2016
As keynote speakers at the recent 2016 Georgia Manufacturing Summit in Atlanta, two prominent Georgia manufacturing executives provided good-to-great, real-life examples, strategies, and personal business philosophies to over 500 attendees.
November 09, 2016
David Dickey of Oliver Maner takes us through the process of estate planning, tax planning, using trusts and life estates in trusts.
BOA Hosts 2016 Global Logistics Trade and Policy Symposium on November 14th Seats Still Available, Register Now!
November 02, 2016
Savannah CEO and Low Country CEO had the privilege of talking with Savannah Market President Patrick O’Neil with Bank of America Merrill Lynch. O’Neil shares a glimpse of this year’s lineup for the upcoming 2016 Global Logistics Trade and Policy Symposium to be held on November 14 at the Coastal Georgia Center located at Georgia Southern University in Savannah, Georgia. This symposium is being hosted by Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Georgia Southern University, Savannah Maritime Association and the Propeller Club Port of Savannah.
October 25, 2016
Lori Durden, President of Ogeechee Technical College, recently announced that Jan Moore has been named the College’s Vice President for Economic Development. Durden was the previous Vice President for Economic Development, prior to accepting the appointment as president of the College.