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Metropolitan Planning Commission swears in new officers

The Chatham County-Savannah Metropolitan Planning Commission recently named four new officers, including a new chairman, James Overton, who fills the seat recently vacated by Tanya Milton.

BiS in brief: Reese Witherspoon with SCAD, Georgia Power donates, Encourage Health speakers

Georgia Power donates to Senior Citizens, Inc.

Zapp: Cutting taxes sinks Kansas — is country next?

“We’re not in Kansas anymore.” It’s a good thing because the radical tax cuts Kansas Governor Brownback implemented back in 2012 did serious harm to his state and its economy.

Hotel Indigo partners with retailer for city-inspired fashions

In order to inspire travelers to visit Savannah and stay at Hotel Indigo Savannah Historic District, Hotel Indigo partnered with global online fashion retailer ASOS to curate a clothing collection inspired by the city of Savannah.

Georgia-native and social media influencer Asiyami Gold selected pieces from ASOS’s men’s and women’s clothing website, which Gold then grouped and curated into the collection inspired by the city of Savannah. (Photo courtesy Asiyami Gold)

Savannah Economic Development Authority announces tech partnership with SCAD

The Savannah Economic Development Authority and the Savannah College of Art and Design announced a new partnership on Tuesday that aims to help SCAD alumni develop commercially viable digital products and advance the city’s entrepreneurial ecosystem.

Scott Brown, creative director for SCAD+ talks about the new entrepreneurial program during the Savannah Economic Development Authority monthly Board of Directors meeting on Tuesday. The new program, which will be jointly funded by SCAD and SEDA, aims to help alumni develop commercially viable digital products and advance the city’s entrepreneurial ecosystem. (Katie Nussbaum/Savannah Morning News)

Savannah Technical College named best by Military Times

For the second year in a row, Savannah Technical College has been named Best College in the nation for career and technical colleges by Military Times.

Savannah Technical College veteran graduates celebrate before commencement. For the second year in a row Savannah Technical College has been named Military Times Best College in the nation for career and technical colleges. (Photo by Stephen Morton)

Rayonier buys Canadian paper manufacturer

Rayonier Advanced Materials has announced the acquisition of a Canadian paper company.

File Photo of Rayonier’s Jesup plant Rayonier Advanced Materials has announced the company has purchased a Canadian company that produces cellulose, pulp, and paper. The two companies will operate under the name of Rayonier Advanced Materials.




Warehouse, infrastructure owners buck sluggish REIT market

By Alex Veiga

FILE - In this Friday, Nov. 28, 2014, file photo, shoppers sit while taking a break at the Garden State Plaza mall, in Paramus, N.J. Real estate investment trusts are lagging the broader market this year, weighed down by struggling malls and weak growth in other sectors. Rising interest rates, which can make REITs less attractive to dividend investors, haven’t helped. But warehouse, data center and other types of REITs are bucking the trend. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez, File)

Retailers get ready for holiday shoppers

Holiday shopping season arrives this week, and retailers are optimistic consumers will be out in force.

Mike Finn, the manager at Best Buy talks about some of the products that seem to be trending this holiday season like the latest smart home technology that allows people to control many devices in their homes remotely. (Robert Cooper/for the Savannah Morning News)(Robert Cooper/for the Savannah Morning News)

City Talk: Small businesses look to lure downtown shoppers

Just like that, the holidays are upon us.

Southern Motors Acura celebrates opening

The Kaminsky family cut the ribbon on its new Southern Motors Acura dealership location Friday evening.

Mayor Eddie Deloach joined the Kaminsky family and others for the ribbon-cutting at the new Southern Motors Acura dealership on Chatham Parkway on Friday evening. Pictured are Mayor Eddie DeLoach, Heather Smith from JTVS Builders, (front) Jean Kaminsky, (back) Toby Kaminsky-Friedman, Ross Kaminsky, Adam Kaminsky, Myron Kaminsky, Dannie Kaminsky, Doug Knapp from Acura, and Andy Lynch from Lynch Associate Architects (Shelly Mobley/For the Savannah Morning News)

Congressmen stress need for federal SHEP dollars

It’s time to get Savannah’s harbor deepening project done, said U.S. Rep. Buddy Carter on Friday.

U.S. Rep. Garret Graves of Louisiana and U.S. Rep. Buddy Carter visited the Savannah ports on Friday. The two legislators are working to get federal funding for the deepening of the Savannah Harbor. (Photo courtesy of Georgia Ports Authority/Emily Goldman)

Ask SCORE: Skillful pricing brings power

Deciding how to best price a product or service is one of the most fundamental, and for many small business owners, most difficult decisions they must make. A price is the monetary value the marketplace assigns to a product or service. It represents what a willing buyer and a willing seller agree is fair. Thus, the marketplace becomes the impartial judge of an appropriate price. A buyer will not pay more than the perceived benefit derived from the product or service.

Leopold’s Ice Cream opens at Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport

After 98 years of serving “Good Things to Eat and Good Things to Drink” in historic downtown Savannah, Leopold’s Ice Cream has opened its second full-service parlor. The new parlor is located at the Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport in the Savannah Square.

Stratton Leopold, owner of Leopold’s Ice Cream, celebrates as the neon sign at the new Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport is lit. (Photo courtesy of Leopold’s Ice Cream)

Vidalia-based medical system to pay government nearly $13 million in false claims

Meadows Regional Medical Center, Inc. in Vidalia and others have agreed to pay the United States and Georgia a total of up to $12,875,000 to resolve allegations that they violated the False Claims Act, the U.S. attorney’s office in Savannah announced today.

Portside: Carter invites colleague with clout to visit port

There’s a saying that claims “a picture is worth a thousand words.”

Propeller Club dedicates SS Oglethorpe model

The Propeller Club of Savannah commemorated the 75th anniversary of the launch of Savannah’s first Liberty ship with a dedication of a model of the SS James Oglethorpe.

Members and guests of the Propeller Club of Savannah gathered around the model of the SS James Oglethorpe on Thursday for its dedication. (DeAnn Komanecky/Savannah Morning News)

Tourism groups set legislative focus

Making sure visitors and businesses feel welcome in Georgia remains the top of the 2108 list for the General Assembly. Local and state tourism leaders gathered Thursday to urge elected officials to support their work.

Michael Owens, president and CEO of the Tourism Leadership Council, and Morgan Law, executive director of the Georgia Travel Association, speak during the TLC’s last luncheon of 2017 on Thursday. The tourism leaders discussed their top legislative priorities ahead of the 2018 Georgia General Assembly. (Katie Nussbaum/Savannah Morning News)