CITY TALK: Funding mechanism for Savannah Serves will hurt businesses, consumers

The proposed ambassadorial program Savannah Serves, which would put three teams of trained employees on downtown streets, was greeted enthusiastically by many last week, but we have a lot of questions here at City Talk.

Not so fast cordcutters - cable's not going anywhere

Cord cutters rejoiced last week after HBO and CBS announced plans to sell stand-alone streaming services, a move that cable and satellite television providers have resisted for years.

BiS in brief: Savannah picked as nation's third spookiest city

Savannah picked as nation’s third spookiest city According to a new survey by travel dating site,, frequent tourists deem Savannah the third top spookiest city in America. To find out where chill seekers should head this season, asked 34,702 members w...

Effingtham won't hire consultant to vet Moon River

The Effingham County Industrial Development Authority has decided against hiring an outside consultant to vet the capability of Moon River Studios to deliver what it promises. At a workshop on Oct.

Survey: Pay raises rarer despite strong U.S. hiring

WASHINGTON - U.S. businesses were much less likely to boost pay in the third quarter than in previous months, even as hiring remained healthy, a sign that wage gains may remain weak in the coming months.

CITY TALK: Priorities for new Savannah-Chatham police chief

Joseph "Jack" Lumpkin will take over as chief of the Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Department on Nov. 9.

SEDA to promote Savannah to film industry

With consistent efforts to address infrastructure and labor issues, the film, television and commercial production industry represents one of Savannah’s greatest opportunities to further diversify and expand its economy, according to a study conducted three years ago for the Savannah Economic Deve...

New film services director talks about 'Magic Mike' effect, goals

In an inauspicious beige building tucked away in Daffin Park, the Savannah Film Office gives few outward clues of its function as the primary point of contact for major Hollywood television and film productions looking to use Savannah as a backdrop.


CINDY HALSEY New job title: Vice president, completion planning and design

BiS in brief: Oaks Senior Living assisted living center planned for Pooler

Assisted living center planned for Pooler Oaks Senior Living, based in Cumming, and Savannah-based Development Associates Inc. have announced plans to develop an assisted living and Alzheimer's care community in Pooler.

Stocks end week with rally

NEW YORK - The stock market capped a turbulent week with a big gain Friday, a sign of renewed investor confidence after days of gloomy economic news.

Apartments pushed up U.S. homebuilding in Sept.

WASHINGTON - Construction firms broke ground on more apartment complexes in September, pushing up the pace of U.S. homebuilding. Housing starts rose 6.3 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.

MICHAEL OWENS: Making the case for downtown Savannah program

We have the largest, and arguably the best, historic downtown: beautiful architecture, delicious restaurants, historic squares, walkable paths, festivals, nightlife, museums, shopping and a million other reasons we all love to come downtown and see the heart of Savannah.

BiS in brief: SCORE's October Business lecture on branding set for next week

Business lecture on branding set for next week SCORE's October business lecture titled "Your Brand is Your Company's Most Valuable Asset" will be in the SCORE conference room, 111 E. Liberty St, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014.

Step Up Savannah challenged to make collaboration work

The head of a St. Louis-based workforce training center on Friday told a group of local poverty fighters that a collaborative approach to workforce development can be crafted from virtually nothing.

Moon River Studios hires CFO

Moon River Studios Inc. today announced the appointment of Steven Bahlmann as its new chief financial officer, secretary and treasurer.

Savannah Serves touted as downtown 'game changer'

A sold-out crowd representing residents, businesses and community leaders gathered Thursday at the Tourism Leadership Council's monthly luncheon to hear more about a proposal for a program described as a "game changer" for Savannah's Historic District.

East Broad cafeteria goes gourmet for a day

Students at East Broad K8 School ate their green beans and spaghetti almost as fast as cafeteria staff could pile up their trays Thursday.

CenterPoint breaks ground for Quala

CenterPoint Properties broke ground Wednesday on a new 35,400-square-foot facility for Quala Sustainable Container Solutions. The build-to-suit facility will be located on 9.

BiS in brief: Ga.'s unemployment rate declines to 7.9 percent

Ga.'s unemployment rate declines to 7.9 percent ATLANTA - Georgia's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for September was 7.9 percent, down two-tenths of a percentage point from 8.1 percent in August, the state Department of Labor announced Thursday.

Chrysler recalling nearly 907,000 cars, SUVs

Nearly 907,000 Chrysler, Dodge and Jeep SUVs and cars are being recalled for alternators that can fail and heated power mirror wiring that can short and cause minor fires.

Our economic times: Budget opportunities arise as corporations, economy strengthen

Tax inversions, private sector job growth, debt-to-equity ratios of largest U.S. firms and record earnings: what do they have in common?...

BiS in brief: Juliette Low house to be part of ghost tours

Juliette Low house to be part of ghost tours...

United Way of Coastal Empire hits 42 percent of 2014 goal

More than 300 people rallied for food, fun and a midpoint campaign fundraising report at Monterey Square on Wednesday on behalf of United Way of the Coastal Empire....

Savannah accounting firms merge

Two local accounting firms, one Savannah-based the other with offices in Savannah, Dublin and Atlanta, have announced their merger. Skinner, Barndollar & Lane P.C. will become part of TJS Deemer Dana LLP on Jan.

Memorial, Mercer break ground on medical school expansion

The landscape along the southeastern section of Memorial University Medical Center's Savannah campus will change drastically over the next year as the hospital and its partner Mercer University expand and renovate teaching facilities.

Port of Brunswick sees double-digit growth

At Tuesday's State of the Brunswick Port address, Georgia Ports Authority Executive Director Curtis Foltz had nothing but good news for the crowd gathered at the Jekyll Island Convention Center to learn how Georgia's other port had fared in fiscal 2014.

World Trade Organization rules against India's poultry ban

ATLANTA - Georgia poultry exports to India can resume after the World Trade Organization ruled Tuesday that country's import exclusion based on disease concerns wasn't supported by science.

BiS in brief: New location for Savannah Floor Covering

New location for Savannah Floor Covering Savannah Floor Covering, a family owned and operated business for more than 60 years,has moved from 1210 Bull St. to 1215 E. Hwy 80 Suite, 300 in Pooler.

Gulfstream introduces new aircraft family

Savannah-based Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. today introduced an all-new family of business jets: the Gulfstream G500 and G600.

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