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State of the Georgia Ports

10/03/14

State of the Georgia Ports

Last week at the State of the Ports Address, the Georgia Ports Authority (GPA) laid out an ambitious agenda to surpass New York and New Jersey to become the biggest port on the East Coast. “What was unfathomable a decade ago is in our reach,” GPA Executive Director Curtis Foltz told the crowd of some 1,350 attendees at Savannah's International Trade and Convention Center. The dredging of Savannah Harbor could commence in a matter of months, and word has already gotten out, Foltz noted. He reported 1,900 new ports-related jobs this past year with the addition of Dynacraft bikes, Nordic cold storage, Bed, Bath & Beyond, and other companies. “The U.S. recovery has been predominantly in retail, and we've benefited as the gateway to the Southeast,”...

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Supporting Electric Vehicle Use

09/26/14

Supporting Electric Vehicle Use

Georgia recently vaulted to the top of the list in electric vehicle (EV) sales by state, thanks in part to a $5,000 tax credit granted to electric vehicle drivers. That’s great news for Georgia’s environment, but where are all those drivers charging their electric vehicles? A new incentive program from the Georgia Environmental Finance Authority (GEFA) designed to increase the number of charging stations around the state should make it much easier for EV drivers to plug in. Charge Georgia will provide colleges, universities, technical colleges, state agencies, cities and counties with a rebate of up to $40,000 to install EV charging stations on campuses and facilities. The application period for the program opens Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2014, at www.gefa.org....

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Fewer Problems, Higher Profits

09/24/14

Fewer Problems, Higher Profits

From his positions as president and CEO of First Bank of Georgia in Augusta and chairman of the Georgia Bankers Association, Remer Brinson has a great view of the business changes banks across the state are making in response to the improving economy and new industry regulations. “Going through the recession, the hardest part was working with our customers who were struggling with ‘how do you get through this period?'," Brinson recalls. "But we got through that period, so now they see a little improvement in their business – relatively small, but increases in sales and margins. I think that’s the same description with banks in Georgia. They’ve hunkered down, and now they don’t have as many problems and are becoming more...

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South Georgia Harnesses the Sun

09/19/14

South Georgia Harnesses the Sun

Atlanta-based Hannah Solar, a full-service design-build solar integrator, has invested big in south Georgia. Hannah is building two solar farms with nearly 7,000 panels generating 1 megawatt of power, or enough to power 400 homes, in Oglethorpe, as part of Georgia Power's Advanced Solar Initiative.  The panels are installed on 5 acres leased from Chase Family Farms, and are the next phase in a series of collaborations between Hannah and south Georgia agricultural communities, including Bainbridge and Vidalia. "South Georgia's agricultural community has always understood the importance of solar power," says Pete Marte, Hannah CEO. For more on solar and other alternative energy use in Georgia, see this month's Georgia Trend article,...

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Spotted in Georgia: Stone Mountain Covered Bridge

09/17/14

Spotted in Georgia: Stone Mountain Covered Bridge

When you visit Stone Mountain Park, you can see more than a giant rock and enormous carving. You can also see this beautiful pine and cedar covered bridge that leads to Indian Island. The more than 100-year-old bridge was moved to Stone Mountain Park from Athens, Ga., in 1969.

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