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Puccini: Preserving your construction lien rights

Business is booming for the construction industry, and not a moment too soon. Prior to the recent recession, construction employment hit an all-time high of 7.7 million jobs, but then reduced 30 percent of its workforce by January 2011.

Brown: Port brings world to Savannah

As the fourth largest container port in North America (second largest on the East Coast) and fastest-growing port on the continent, port-related business is booming in Savannah. Logistics Today named Savannah “the most logistics friendly city in the nation” three years in a row, and Area Development magazine named Savannah “Top 5 for Best Cities with port-related Intermodal Sites.” Our ideal location on the Atlantic Ocean in the southeastern part of the United States puts 70 percent of the U.S. population within a two-day drive.

Summerell: Deciding between facilities management versus GIS data

For years, facilities management and geographic information system companies have been eyeing each other, proffering solutions that blend the disciplines into a unified whole. While there has been successful integration, the professions remain largely separate.

Zapp: Replacing or improving ACA requires more than market solution

The Republican failure to replace and/or improve the Affordable Care Act once again included some calls for free market solutions instead of government involvement. Once again, as an economist, I must try to explain why the market by itself cannot solve our health care challenges.

Savannah Mega Comic Con ready to unleash your inner nerd

Savannah’s nerd community congregates this Saturday at the Savannah Mega Comic Con convention.

(Submitted photo) Artist Lance Footer, left, with a Supergirl cosplayer

Who is Hospital Corporation of America, Memorial’s Health’s new owner?

Nashville, Tenn.-based Hospital Corporation of America is the largest for-profit operator of health care facilities in the country. According to its latest annual report, it operates 170 hospitals — 166 full-service acute care hospitals, three psychiatric hospitals and a rehabilitation hospital — as well as 118 freestanding surgery centers and 134 other centers, either freestanding ERs or urgent care facilities.

Jordan: Know risks behind toxic exposure rules

Many local businesses – from manufacturers, transportation companies, and logistics firms to hospitals and consumer retailers – employ workers or have customers who, on occasion, are in close proximity to potentially dangerous chemicals and other toxins. Happily, the vast majority of these encounters are totally harmless.

U.S. stocks start to bounce back, led by gains for banks

U.S. stocks are rebounding Wednesday morning as strong results from Morgan Stanley and rising bond yields send banks and other financial companies higher. Industrial and basic materials companies are also gaining ground.

Innovate SAV: Showcasing Tech, Startups and Future Minded Teachers

Entrepreneurs, lovers of locally made products and anyone who cares about education will find tons to dig into this Friday at Innovate SAV, a one-day showcase of startups and technologies being built in Savannah.
Blake Ellis

World Trade Center Savannah helping put area on map for global business

World Trade Center Savannah chairman Scott Center accepted congratulations from his board Tuesday on being elected to the World Trade Center’s international board of directors, but quickly pointed out that it was the local organization’s reputation that put him there.

CITY TALK: Savannah hotel moratorium’s lasting impact unclear

Savannah City Council pulled the trigger last week on a 90-day moratorium on large hotels across a broad swath of the downtown area. The resolution says the reason for the moratorium is to give city officials some time “to study the interaction of such hotels with the surrounding neighborhoods.”
 
Bill Dawers

Paris Market owner finds Broughton effort worthwhile

New Orleans native Paula Danyluk opened up her retail, coffee shop and design services space, the Paris Market and Brocante, on Broughton Street when “people were pioneers to launch storefronts there.”

Paula Danyluk, owner of the Paris Market & Brocante on West Broughton Street. (Steve Bisson/Savannah Morning News)

Teen clothing shop Rue 21 to close Savannah, Rincon stores

Teen clothing retailer rue21 is closing about one-third of its stores nationwide as it focuses more on its online business.

Image from rue21.com

Savannah-based Seacrest Partners, Atlanta firm to merge July 1

Savannah-based Seacrest Partners Inc. has announced it will merge with Atlanta-based Sterling Risk Advisors Inc. and operate as Sterling Seacrest Partners Inc., effective July 1.

MLK block to get new life for local business

Home to several businesses since the early 1900s, including a nickel and dime store owned by the Tenenbaum family and most recently, Thrifty Supply Center, the 300 block of Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd. is getting a facelift and a new life.

CITY TALK: New report finds flaws, successes in hurricane response

Last week, the Chatham Emergency Management Association release a 34-page report examining the local response to Hurricane Matthew. Reporter Mary Landers provided some excellent coverage of the report in last week’s newspaper. I encourage readers to take a look at that article.

BiS in brief: Hotel tops out, Eichholz scholarship, Enmarket series starts

DPR Construction celebrated the “Topping Out” of the Perry Lane Hotel Project with a ceremony and lunch for members of the DPR Construction team, along with subcontractors and the design team.

Culture shock: Business owners see need to change their ways

The results of a staff survey jolted Alex Slater into realizing how drastically his business needed a culture change.

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Carl Anthony Miller

Southside Fire to acquire Coastal EMS

Southside Fire & EMS has agreed to purchase Coastal EMS from MetroAtlanta Ambulance Service of Marietta, further solidifying its position as the dominant provider of emergency services in the county.