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Mary Carr Mayle

With a symbolic, echoing boom from the 1824 cannon atop Old Fort Jackson on Thursday morning, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers officially kicked off the long-awaited construction phase of the Savannah Harbor Expansion Project.

Julia Ritchey

In the not-so-distant past, traveling on the cheap meant staying at a seedy roadside motel and deciphering cryptic bus schedules in whatever metropolis you happened to be visiting. Not anymore.

Bill Dawers / City Talk

About a month ago, various analysts around town, including me, were trumpeting a strong 2014 for the regional economy and predicting solid growth in 2015, too.

We were making those judgments and predictions without some key numbers from the end of 2014. Fortunately, the employment data released last week largely reinforced the existing narrative.

According to the Georgia Department of Labor, the Savannah metro area (Chatham, Effingham and Bryan counties) had 166,100 payroll jobs in December 2014, up an impressive 2.7 percent from 161,700 in December 2013.