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Mary Carr Mayle

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SEDA recaps a busy summer

The Savannah Economic Development Authority, reconvening Tuesday after a three-month meeting hiatus, provided its board and advisory council with a recap of a busy summer that included several new-business announcements and a report on the area’s four-county development authority.

Rural Bulloch residents push back on zoning change for industrial park

As Georgia Ports continues to grow, attracting more jobs and industry, its footprint also continues to sprawl, bringing the promise of new development to neighboring counties and beyond. For the most part, the manufacturing plants, logistics or distribution centers are sought and welcomed for the jobs and cash they bring to mostly rural areas. But not always.

Residents of Bulloch County pack the Planning and Zoning meeting Thursday night to oppose refining (Mary Mayle/Savannah Morning News)

PortSide: Maritime community mourns death of longshoreman

It hasn’t yet been determined what caused Loadholt - a veteran of the docks and well-versed in ro-ro operations – to lose control of the car he was driving and plunge into the river.

Taxi drivers bring Uber concerns to Savannah airport meeting

A group of taxi drivers whose livelihoods depends on fares to and from Savannah’s airport has asked the airport commission to stop what they call “illegal staging” of Uber drivers on the terminal.

Savannah Taxi Owners Association member Atosha Adams, who attended Wednesday’s airport commission meeting, waits for a fare at the airport’s taxi stand. (Mary Mayle/Savannah Morning News)

Savannah-based TailsSpin planning merger, expansion

Savannah-based TailsSpin Pet Food & Accessories is not quite nine years old, but owners Jusak Yang Bernhard and Jeff Manley have already grown it into something of a local icon, known both for its reputation with pet owners and its strong community service.

Jeff Manley , left, and Jusak Yang Bernhard with their dog Cosmo at TailsSpin at the Habersham Shopping Center. (Steve Bisson/Savannah Morning News)

JCB apprenticeship program offers Savannah students education, experience and a paycheck

The JCB apprenticeship program is not a quick fix. Rather it is designed to grow a skilled and knowledgeable workforce while dispelling the old perception of manufacturing as a dirty, low-paying job and spotlighting the high-tech, well-paying job it has become.

Fifth-year apprentice Laurence Hayes works in the quality control area of the JCB manufacturing plant. (Steve Bisson/Savannah Morning News)

New development proposed for Bulloch

A Bulloch County landowner is looking to have nearly 5,000 acres off Interstate 16 on Georgia 67 rezoned from agricultural to light industrial in order for area development groups to market it to potential employers hoping to locate in the area.

Port of Savannah's crane fleet continues to grow

Five new electric rubber-tired gantry cranes arrived August 8 at the Port of Savannah, bringing the current number of RTGs on Garden City Terminal to 146, more than any other terminal in the country.

Harbor dredge moves to shelter ahead of storm

Great Lakes Dredge & Dock, the company working on deepening the Savannah harbor offshore of Tybee Island, has brought the cutter dredge Illinois and accompanying tugs, scows and other equipment inshore in preparation for the arrival of Tropical Storm Hermine.

A spider barge loads a large scow with sand dredged from the Savannah River outer channel by the cutter dredge Illinois (not pictured). The Illinois, spider barge, scows and tugs have all been moved inshore in preparation for Tropical Storm Hermine. (Photo courtesy of Great Lakes Dredge & Dock)

Portside: Saving a piece of Thunderbolt history

During the Civil War, the city of Savannah was protected by a number of forts and water batteries, most notably Fort Jackson and Fort Pulaski on the Savannah River. But there’s another Civil War-era fort that’s rarely talked about – one that played a role in America’s defense as recently as World War II.

One of the crash rescue boats stationed in Thunderbolt during World War II (Photo courtesy Bill Gardner)

Airline consumer complaints down in 2016

Until the recent Delta debacle, 2016 was shaping up to be a fairly turbulence-free year for airline passengers.

An American Airlines jet at the gate at Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport (Photo courtesy Savannah Airport Commission)

Foltz not highest paid port director

When Curtis Foltz left his position as executive director of the Georgia Ports Authority, he left a legacy of 12 years of exponential growth and improvement at one of the state’s strongest economic engines.

New call center to hire up to 450

Convergys Corporation (NYSE: CVG), a global leader in customer management, announced Thursday that it is opening and hiring for a new call center location in Savannah.

PortSide: Sailors finally heading home

The crew of the Newlead Castellano, the cargo ship that’s been sitting idle off the coast of Tybee for months, will finally get a chance to test out their land legs today.

The Newland Castellano currently docked at Colonial Terminals in Savannah, Ga for refueling and supplies Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2016. A legal battle over debt has left a cargo ship and its 15-member crew stuck off the coast of Georgia for nearly four months. U.S. marshals seized the Newlead Castellano in mid-April after it sailed into Savannah with carrying sugar. A judge ordered the ship idled while creditors sued the ship’s owner, saying they were owed $7.1 million. (AP Photo/Lewis M. Levine)

CitiTrends reports $100,000 Q2 net loss

Savannah-based urban fashion company CitiTrends on Wednesday reported a $100,000 second-quarter net loss, after reporting a profit in the same period a year earlier. On a per-share basis, the company said it had a loss of 1 cent.

International travelers can apply for Global Entry program

For two days next month, Savannahians will find those hoops a little easier to navigate as in-person interviews — the final part of the qualification process — will be conducted locally at Edgewood Travel.

Savannah Area Film Office now part of SEDA

The Savannah Economic Development Authority has named Beth Nelson executive director of the Savannah Area Film Office, formerly known as the Savannah Film Office.

One sweet deal: Strickland family's first candy store franchise exceeding expectations

It’s been little more than a year since the Strickland family, River Street’s original gourmet candy store entrepreneurs, decided they were finally ready to franchise their successful business.
Josh Galemore/Savannah Morning News - River Street Sweet owners Tim, Jennifer, and Stan Strickland along with Franchise Owners Glen and Liane Willard stand inside their Pooler location.

PortSide: Sailors stranded on ship off Tybee Island could be home soon

The crew of the Newlead Castellano, a cargo ship that’s been a fixture on the horizon off the coast of Tybee for nearly four months, can finally see the light at the end of the tunnel. The vessel, in port in April to offload a shipment of raw sugar, was seized by U.S. marshals and forced to remain at anchor off the coast until a dispute between the ship’s owners and creditors could be resolved.

he Newlead Castellano a cargo vessel has been stranded near Tybee Island for several months. The vessel was currently docked at Colonial Terminals in Savannah, Ga., for refueling and supplies on Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2016. A legal battle over debt has left a cargo ship and its 15-member crew stuck off the coast of Georgia for nearly four months. U.S. marshals seized the Newlead Castellano in mid-April after it sailed into Savannah with carrying sugar. A judge ordered the ship idled while creditors sued the ship’s owner, saying they were owed $7.1 million. (AP Photo/Lewis M. Levine)

Savannah Trade Center moves ahead on new hotel, looks at expansion

After interviewing three “highly qualified” candidates interested in building a new convention hotel on Hutchinson Island, the Georgia International & Maritime Trade Center Authority voted unanimously Wednesday to ask all three to submit proposals for a minimum 300-room hotel on property adjacent to the trade center.