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Auto sales stay hot in April

America’s love of trucks and SUVs helped push most automakers to healthy sales gains last month as Honda and Nissan reported best-ever April sales. Ford posted record SUV sales, while Toyota broke a record for SUV and truck sales.

Helping clients work smarter

Gratias is an organizational psychologist, dedicated to helping business people be more effective by making the best use of their time. On Tuesday, she addressed an overflow crowd of nearly 150 at the Savannah Chamber Small Business Council’s SMART luncheon.

BiS in brief: Lunch session looks at estate planning

If you have questions on Medicare, long-term care expenses and nursing home costs, get a briefing at the Richmond Hill Chamber's Lunch & Learn on May 11.

Next steps at The Creative Coast

Change is afoot at The Creative Coast.

We’re starting a national search for a new executive director and we’re upgrading all of our initiatives, including the 16,000-square-foot Creator’s Foundry. We’re actively seeking input on these plans, and I’d like to frame the discussion by looking at some larger changes taking place in our community.

Enmarket goes full service for leukemia, lymphoma

The enmarket management team plans to raise $100,000 for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society in various efforts, including a series of Full-Service Fridays at specific locations in May.

From left: Christina McCarr, Hailey Grene, Candice Frazier, Tai-Yana Goods, Sarah Grubbs, Keimarri Hunt, Denisha Young, Tykeisha Young and Christine Cherry collect donations at the enmarket Full-Service Friday event on April 29. The money raised during the event will benefit the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Light the Night Walk, which will take place on Oct. 14 in Forsyth Park.

Metro Savannah Rotary donates to Farm Truck 912

Members of the Metro Savannah Rotary Club presented a check for $12,606.31 to Farm Truck 912 on Sunday to help the program make fresh produce available to neighborhoods in Savannah.

Metropolitan Savannah Rotary President Suzanne Kirk, left, and Service Chair Jeanine Roach, to Kirk’s right, present a $12,606.31 check to Forsyth Farmers Market volunteers, including Christopher Schell, in the bee costume. (Photo courtesy Metro Savannah Rotary)

Jasper Ocean Terminal plans on fast track

After a series of fits and starts, plans for the long-awaited Jasper Ocean Terminal are finally on track, with an ambitious timeline that predicts the first ships could begin calling on the new deep-water container terminal in less than 10 years.
South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley visited Ridgeland on Monday to talk about the progress of Jasper County’s port. She was joined at a news conference by Ridgeland Mayor Joey Malphrus and County Council Chairman Marty Sauls. (Anthony Garzilli/Jasper County Sun Times)

CITY TALK: Plant Riverside redevelopment still an exciting prospect

Last week’s debate over the city of Savannah’s bond issuance to fund the construction of a parking garage for the massive Plant Riverside hotel development raised many difficult questions about the limits of public/private collaboration.

If all goes according to plan, local taxpayers will come out ahead. Developer Richard Kessler and his team will pay off the bond debt, and we’ll end up with approximately 240 parking spaces for public use in the new garage.

BiS in brief: Savannah designer among Belk showcase finalists

 To celebrate emerging fashion designers who embody modern, Southern style, Belk has selected 19 finalists for the company’s 2016 Southern Designer Showcase competition including Emily Bargeron — and her company Mamie Ruth — from Savannah.

Pooler City Council approves site plan for Savannah Quarters Publix

Plans for a new, 46,000-square-foot Publix grocery store at the entrance of the Savannah Quarters community got approval for development Monday from the Pooler City Council.

Weyerhaeuser sells Port Wentworth mill

International Paper announced today it has entered into a definitive agreement to purchase Weyerhaeuser's pulp business. The deal includes the fluff pulp mill located in Port Wentworth.

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BiS in brief: Fort Pulaski tourism generates economic benefits

A new National Park Service report indicates 382,945 visitors to Fort Pulaski National Monument in 2015 spent $24.1 million in communities near the park.

Taking advantage of airline schedule changes to save money

Airline schedule changes are often frustrating. Suddenly a mid-morning flight shifts to one leaving before sunrise or a leisurely layover turns into a mad dash to the next gate.
FILE - In this Nov. 29, 2015, file photo, travelers walk to their gates at O'Hare International Airport in Chicago. Airline schedule changes aren’t always a bad thing. Savvy travelers can use them to their advantage to book the flights they want without paying expensive change fees. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh, File)

CITY TALK: Labor force rising, but poverty a real concern

For the most part, when I write about employment data here at City Talk, I’m detailing the estimates for payroll employment from the ongoing survey of establishments. 
 
However, the unemployment rate and other characteristics of the labor force are determined by the household survey, not the establishment survey. The household estimates can be noisy from month to month, and sometimes they are out of step with the payroll estimates. Eventually, though, the two surveys align.

Greg Parker celebrates 40 years with more growth, more service and dedication to his team

With a brand built on fast, fresh and friendly, Parker’s has been ranked on Inc.’s elite list of the top 5,000 fastest-growing private companies in the U.S. for four consecutive years, and Parker said they plan to build 17 new stores in the next 13 months while adding drive-thru food service to many stores.  

Josh Galemore/Savannah Morning News - Greg Parker and Terri Heidmann outside Parker's Market on Drayton St.

Vulcan opens Savannah Sales Yard

Vulcan Materials Company held a ribbon-cutting and grand opening Friday for its newest facility, the Savannah Sales Yard in Garden City.

Vulcan Materials staff and supporters cut the ribbon during the opening of Vulcan Materials in Savannah. (Josh Galemore)

Sandpiper Supply wins 'clean business' seal

The city of Savannah and Keep Savannah Beautiful have presented Sandpiper Supply, 4101 Bull St., with the “Clean Business Seal” to recognize its clean facility in Midtown Savannah.

Alderwoman Estella Shabazz presents Sandpiper Supply the “Clean Business Seal” on behalf of the city of Savannah and Keep Savannah Beautiful. From left: Chat Howard Jr., Chat Howard Sr., and Christy Ellis, of Sandpiper Supply; Shabazz, Carol Howard, Sandpiper Supply; Betty Jones, Feiler Park Neighborhood Association. (Special to the Savannah Morning News)

BiS in brief: First Tee of Savannah announces $5,000 gift

The First Tee of Savannah has received a $5,000 gift from Kinder Morgan, Inc. to fund scholarships for underprivileged kids.