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Katie Nussbaum

Gamers, developers, techies unite for Savannah’s Geekend conference

It doesn’t matter if you’re a gamer, marketing pro or an executive, you’ll likely find inspiration at this year’s Geekend.

Moving Savannah forward: Rep. Carl Gilliard talks legislation at luncheon

Looking ahead to the remainder of the Georgia General Assembly’s 2018 legislative session, Rep. Carl Gilliard, D-Garden City, reassured business and community leaders this week that failure wasn’t an option for Savannah, reaffirming his dedication to lowering crime, combating homelessness and supporting economic development.

Rep. Carl Gilliard speaks during the monthly Tourism Leadership Council luncheon on Thursday. Gilliard recapped several legislative initiatives he supports this year, including a bill that would penalize people for supplying guns to felons. (Katie Nussbaum/Savannah Morning News)

Airport to invest in equipment to de-ice runways

Winter Storm Grayson dumped just less than three inches of snow at Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport last week and shut down runways for more than a day, according to Savannah Airport Commission executive director Greg Kelly.

Snow and ice from a winter storm blankets the runway at Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport last week. (Photo courtesy of Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport)

Farmers learn ways to check crops using drones

If you’re a farmer looking to keep a closer eye on your crops or need a better way to survey hundreds of acres after a storm, agriculture experts suggest looking to the skies.

Joe Mari Maja, a research sensor engineer with Clemson University, talks about the DJI Inspire 2 drone during an agriculture educational session Thursday at the South East Regional Fruit & Vegetable Conference at the Savannah International Trade and Convention Center. The session presented farmers and growers with the basics on using drones to survey crops, animals or storm damage. (Katie Nussbaum/Savannah Morning News)

SEDA highlights record year

The Disney brand is known for having some of the most cheerful, customer-focused employees in the world.

Doug Lipp, former head of training at Disney University, gives the keynote speech at the 2018 Savannah Economic Development Authority Annual Meeting. (Steve Bisson/Savannah Morning News)

Visit Savannah launches new website

No matter if you’re a local searching for the best new place to grab a drink on the weekend or a visitor searching for a cozy bed and breakfast the newly redesigned Visit Savannah website has you covered.

Pull out your iPad, TSA rolling out new flight rules for electronic devices

Travelers taking to the skies in 2018 can expect a few new Transportation Security Administration regulations as they pass through standard security checkpoints at Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport and other airports across the country.

Transportation Security Administration officer Helen Hartmetz shows how to properly place electronics into screening bins. Beginning in 2018 travelers will be required to place any electronic device bigger than a cell phone into a separate bin at standard security checkpoints. (Katie Nussbaum/Savannah Morning News)

Report: Coastal Empire economy remains strong despite Irma

The Savannah economy maintained strong economic growth through the end of the third quarter, despite disruptions from Hurricane Irma in September. The information comes from the Coastal Empire Economic Monitor, published by Armstrong State University, set for release on Monday.

The CMA CGM Theodore Roosevelt passes City Hall in September. Hurricane Irma caused activity at the Georgia Ports Authority to dip about one percent in September, but overall activity is about 10 percent ahead of last year, according to Armstrong State University’s Coastal Empire Economic Monitor. (Steve Bisson/Savannah Morning News file photo)

Preservation tax credit squeaks through in new tax bill

In the last 15 years the Historic Tax Credit has helped preserve hundreds of Savannah buildings while contributing more than $7 million in labor income to the local economy. The credit remains the best tool that cities have to fight blight, according to Historic Savannah Foundation president and CEO Daniel Carey.

Planned Skidaway senior living facility clears height hurdle

The Chatham County Zoning Board of Appeals on Tuesday approved an 11-foot height variance for ornamental tower entrance on a planned senior living facility on Skidaway Island, despite staunch opposition from several nearby residents.

Dog gone: Savannah’s Great Dane statue finds a new home

A familiar sight on Savannah’s westside, the Great Dane dog statue located in front of Great Dane’s local corporate office, has found a new home in Brazil, Ind., at the company’s largest manufacturing plant.

Champ, the Great Dane dog statue that was located outside Great Dane’s Savannah office on West Bay Street has found a new home at the company’s largest manufacturing plant in Brazil, Indiana. (Steve Bisson/Savannah Morning News file photo)

American Airlines announces new Savannah flights

Getting to Miami and Chicago will be a little easier for Savannah area travelers in 2018.

FILE - In this Monday, Nov. 6, 2017, file photo, a pair of American Airlines jets are parked on the airport apron at Miami International Airport in Miami. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee, File)

Zoller leads practice for 40 years

A lot has changed in the world of medicine since Dr. Michael Zoller founded Ear, Nose & Throat Associates of Savannah in 1977, but Dr. Zoller and the six other physicians on his team still do certain things by the book.

Dr. Michael Zoller, founder of Ear, Nose & Throat Associates of Savannah, cuts his anniversary cake earlier this week during a staff party at the DeSoto hotel to mark the practice’s 40th anniversary and celebrate the holidays. (Photo by Donna Shepard)

United Way head Schroeder to retire

Gregory G. Schroeder, president and CEO of the United Way of the Coastal Empire, announced his retirement from the organization on Friday. Schroeder, who has led the local organization since 2002, will retire in early summer 2018.

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Chamber celebrates 2017, looks ahead to new opportunities

Urging current Savannah Chamber of Commerce members to continue their involvement and new members to come on board, Jay Neely assumed the chairmanship of the Savannah Area Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday.

Outgoing chairman Sam McCachern, left, hands the gavel to the new Chairman of the Board of the Savannah Area Chamber of Commerce, Jay Neely, at the 211th annual meeting at the Westin Savannah Harbor Golf Resort & Spa on Wednesday afternoon. (Steve Bisson/Savannah Morning News)

SEDA announces record year for projects, job creation

The Savannah Economic Development Authority ended its year on a high note Tuesday as it announced records for capital investments, jobs and company expansions during 2017 making it the best year for the organization since 2012.

During their last board meeting of 2017, the Savannah Economic Development Authority recognized four Savannah companies for their decades long commitment to the area. Those honored were, Oglethorpe Marble & Granite, Derst Baking Company, Imperial Sugar Company and T.H. Guerry Lumber. (Photo courtesy of the Savannah Economic Development Authority)

Savannah’s preservation tax credit faces uncertain future

In the last 15 years, the Historic Tax Credit has helped save hundreds of buildings, contributed more than $7 million in labor income and created an average of 169 jobs per year in Savannah, according to a 2015 economic impact report by the Historic Savannah Foundation.

Without the Historic Tax Credit the rehabilitation of the former Atlantic Greyhound Bus Terminal, which was reopened as The Grey restaurant, would have likely taken a completely different look, said owner Johno Morisano. (Savannah Morning News file photo)

Study: SCAD’s local economic impact reaches $438M

The Savannah College of Art and Design contributed $438 million to the local economy during the fiscal year 2017 and directly supported more than 2,500 full and part-time jobs in the area, according to a recent study.

The Savannah College of Art and Design contributed $438 million to the local economy during the fiscal year 2017 and directly supported more than 2,500 full and part-time jobs in the area, according to a recent study (Photo courtesy of SCAD)

Old airport terminal to be demolished, land leased to SEDA

The Savannah Airport Commission on Wednesday voted to lease 24 acres of land to the Savannah Economic Development Authority, which will pave the way for a new aerospace development. Each acre will be leased for $8,000 per year under the agreement.

Multi-family complex planned for Savannah Quarters

A recently closed deal near Savannah Quarters is set to bring a new multi-unit apartment complex to Pooler.

This rendering show the Station at Savannah Quarters, a new multi-family complex near Savannah Quarters. The complex, which is being developed by Tynes Development will include 244-units which will be accessible by elevator. (Rendering courtesy of Harbert Realty Services)