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‘Smart’ traffic signals deployed in Savannah

The local traffic signal program is the first of its kind in the state outside metro Atlanta, according to officials. In addition to Victory, signals have also been upgraded on Ogeechee Road and Chatham Parkway, for a total of 52 intersections, and other busy Savannah corridors may receive similar upgrades, according to officials.

AECOM Senior Technician Mike DiSanza described on Wednesday how a new traffic signal system installed by GDOT can improve vehicle flow on Victory Drive. (Eric Curl/Savannah Morning News)

Beyond cat videos: YouTube will offer its own pay-TV service

Fed up with paying for cable the traditional way? You may soon be able to subscribe to it over the internet with … YouTube.

YouTube CEO Susan Wojicki speaks during the introduction of YouTube TV at YouTube Space LA in Los Angeles, Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2017. People fed up with paying for cable the traditional way will soon be able to subscribe to it from YouTube. The Google-owned site known for cat videos and do-it-yourself makeup tutorials is the latest company to offer a version of cable that looks and feels more like Netflix. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)

Savannah fairgrounds site eyed for film production complex

The former Coastal Empire Fair site may be transitioning from funnel cakes to films. A state lawmaker is trying to convince city officials to sell his private investment group about 15 acres of the 67-acre site along Meding Street to develop as a production complex for movies and television.

This hangar at the former Coastal Empire Fair site would be renovated for use as a production stage as part of a plan to develop the property as a filming complex. (Eric Curl/Savannah Morning News)

SEDA awards engineering contract on new manufacturing park

The Savannah Economic Development Authority on Tuesday awarded the engineering contract for its new, 685-acre manufacturing park on Old River Road in west Chatham County to Savannah firms Thomas & Hutton and Hussey Gay Bell, approving an initial expenditure of $35,000 for Phase I of the project.

Armstrong class earns recognition for consulting work

A group of Armstrong State University students received national recognition earlier this month at the Small Business Institute Conference in San Diego after their consulting project for the Wilmington Island Farmers’ Market placed third in the nation.

Armstrong State University students, Samuel McPherson, Connor North, Jordan Horton and Elizabeth Rothweiler. A consulting project done by the students recently placed third in the nation at the Small Business Institute Conference in San Diego. (Photo special to the Savannah Morning News)

Martin: Check variety of long-term plans to meet your goals

The idea of a long life is not as far-fetched as it once was. With our modern focus on healthy eating and exercise and the significant advancements made in medicine, most of us envision living well into our 80s and even 90s.

BiS in brief: Hotel gets honor, stores raise funds for health

Tracts pulled for future development

Ben & Jerry’s coming to Old Town Bluffton

What’s your favorite flavor — Cherry Garcia, Pistachio Pistachio, or maybe Chunky Monkey? Visitors to Old Town Bluffton will soon be able to get their ice cream fix at a Ben & Jerry’s scoop shop coming to the Promenade.

Visitors look at vegetables growing up at Living Box, a mobile farming system, at the Four Years From Now (FYFN) show, a sidebar event of Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, Monday, Feb. 27, 2017. While the latest smartphones presentations are all the rage at the Mobile World Congress, the under-the-radar event of the world's biggest wireless reunion is the Four Years From Now (FYFN) sideshow. It's where the new meets quirky and innovation knows no boundaries. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)

CITY TALK: Bay Street redesign has (too) many goals

Sunday’s City Talk looked at the preliminary design created by the landscape architecture firm EDSA for the streetscape on Broughton Street. Today, let’s take a look at the Florida-based firm’s plans for Bay Street. The general proposals for Broughton, Bay and River streets were presented last week in a series of meetings with stakeholders and members of the public.

Bay Street coastal streetscape plans.

Georgia, Virginia ports sign gateway terminal agreement

The Georgia Ports Authority and the Virginia Port Authority on Friday filed with the Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) to create the “East Coast Gateway Terminal Agreement.”

IKEA’s growth means more jobs for Savannah distribution center

Popular Scandinavian furniture retailer IKEA continues to expand its presence in the U.S. Southeast - a plan that bodes well for the Savannah area, even though its poplation isn’t large enough to support a store of its own.

Tybee businesses work past storm damage, hope for strong spring

Several small business and companies on Tybee are still dealing with damage from Hurricane Matthew, but most owners are looking toward spring and summer with optimism.

Chantal Audran with Ike, a loggerhead sea turtle; Joy Davis with diamondback terrapins; and Alli Williford with Ruby and Pearl, the Marine Science Center’s resident diamondback terrapins, prepare to evacuate before Hurricane Matthew in October. (Photos courtesy of Tybee Island Marine Science Center)

BiS in brief: Dick’s to open, Hospice plans thrift store, law firm forms

Dick’s Sporting Goods will open a Hinesville store for preview March 8 with a grand opening planned March 10-12 at 863 Oglethorpe Hwy., Suite 101.

CITY TALK: Broughton streetscape debate centers on trees, lighting

On three evenings last week, planners from the Florida-based firm EDSA publicly unveiled their preliminary streetscape designs for Broughton, Bay and River streets.

First Chatham Bank posts better 2016

In a letter to shareholders this month, First Chatham Bank interim CEO Kenneth Farrell said the bank continued to improve its profitability and reduce non-performing assets in 2016.



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Experience pays for real estate team

With 14 years of experience in the Savannah real estate market, Heather Murphy and her team at the Heather Murphy Real Estate Group know that the sky is the limit when it comes to real estate.

OWENS: Urban Savannah Chamber celebrates making waves

Surely you have heard of the adage, “A rising tide raises all boats.” It’s something we say in the Tourism Leadership Council office on an almost daily basis. Our organization was built on that saying that if we, as a tourism community — all in our individual boats — will rise, then we all find further success.

Doubts grow over stock market’s Trump-inspired surge

How much more can the “Trump Bump” lift the stock market? U.S. stocks have screamed to records since Election Day because investors are expecting Donald Trump’s White House to cut taxes for business, make regulations easier for them and goose more growth out of the economy.