ATLANTA - Unemployed Georgians who participate in a state work training program will be eligible for money to help give their job search a boost.
Gov. Sonny Perdue announced on Wednesday that the new "Be Work Ready" initiative would give $50 or $100 gift cards to those who earn a state work ready certificate or who improve their job skills through free, online training. The money is designed to help offset job search expenses.
WASHINGTON - The tally of newly laid-off people requesting jobless benefits fell last week, the government said Thursday, a sign that companies are cutting fewer workers.
But the number of people continuing to receive unemployment benefits rose to 6.78 million - the largest total on records dating back to 1967 and the 17th straight record week. The figures for continuing claims lag behind initial claims by one week.
Rave reviews followed the Liberty Consolidated Planning Commission unanimous recommendation to rezone more than 10,000 acres of unincorporated Liberty County for a mixed-use development.
BET Sunday Best gives singers a chance to show off their vocal abilities. A nationwide search is conducted in cities across the country and the top contestants perform weekly in front of a live audience in Atlanta, striving to win the title of "Sunday Best."
After previous hesitations, the Liberty County Development Authority unanimously decided to contract with Strategic Business Solutions Unlimited for work on a minority and women business enterprise initiative.
WASHINGTON - Unable to stop the tide of foreclosures and job losses, lawmakers are hoping to give voters at least some breathing room in the economic downturn by banning arbitrary credit card rate hikes and excessive fees.
Legislation that would impose new restrictions on the industry was expected to pass the Senate on Tuesday. With the House having endorsed a similar measure already, Democratic leaders said they hoped to send a final version to the president to sign by week's end.
The Liberty County Chamber of Commerce and Georgia Southern University are continuing their workshop series by offering "Superior Customer Service and Business Etiquette"
Bankruptcy seems to be unwelcomed, but still an alternative for the "credit heavy," according Raven Owen, housing counselor with JCVision & Associates.
"This is the classic thing: No news is good news," Mike Reed, general manager of NeSmith Chevrolet in Hinesville, said Friday afternoon.
After months of work and fundraising, including the Dorchester Academy Kick-off Rally, the possibility of refurbishing the former boys dormitory is moving closer to reality. However, the hard work is not finished and the Dorchester Improvement Association still needs financial contributions.
Members of the Liberty County Chamber of Commerce recently attended two new business openenings and ribbon-cutting ceremonies in Midway. The Interstate Federal Credit Union on Highway 84, across from the Midway Post Office, is open for business. During the ceremony, Interstate Federal Credit Union President Stacie Branch and several of the union's board members, along with chamber board members and Midway Mayor Don Emmons, cut the ribbon at the new facility.
Job seekers can now register for Georgia Southern University's two newest career development workshops at the Coastal Georgia Center in Savannah.
Members of the Liberty County Chamber of Commerce recently attended two new business openenings and ribbon-cutting ceremonies in Midway. The New Body Tattoo Studio in the Midway Mall on Butler Avenue is ready for customers. At the ceremony, owner T.J. Newsome, along with family members, business associates, chamber board members, staffers and Midway Mayor Don Emmons, cut the ribbon.
To honor those wounded serving the nation and to celebrate National Military Appreciation Month, Pioneer Services has created the "Answer the Call Now" cell phone recycling program. The phones will be recycled for money, with 100 percent of the proceeds going to USA Cares' "Combat Injured Program," which assists wounded service members and their families with immediate financial needs.
The Long County Development Authority voted during its April meeting to help local developer Joe Raymer obtain financing for a deceleration lane on McDonald Street/Highway 57, which he needs to open a convenience store.
A Georgia State University economist is predicting that Georgia's economic growth will be solid in the coming years.
The Liberty County Development Authority recently received an award of excellence for one of its marketing projects at the Southern Economic Development Council annual conference, held Aug. 3-5 in Memphis, Tennessee.
JESUP - DuPont Titanium Technologies has withdrawn its application for a surface mining permit in Wayne County with the Environmental Protection Division.
Tom Hassett joined Coastal Home Care's leadership team as the chief operating officer.
Ludowici B-B-Q held its grand opening last week, bringing another eatery into Long County.
ATLANTA - Metro Hinesville's unemployment rate for July was 9.3 percent, up 0.5 percent from 8.8 percent in June, the state Department of Labor reported this week.
The Hinesville-Fort Stewart metropolitan statistical area recently was featured in the top 2 percent of MSAs nationwide for its workforce attributes in Area Development magazine's 100 Leading Locations for 2014.
The Liberty Consolidated Planning Commission on Tuesday approved a revised subarea land-use map for the Fleming community.
During its Monday morning meeting, the Liberty County Development Authority approved the site plan for SNF Chemtall's warehouse expansion, Floquip. The approved plan included some variances, such as removing three parking spaces from the visitors' entrance in the cul-de-sac. It also included an exception to the minimum-standard required between the truck/visitors driveway and employee driveway.
The Liberty County Chamber of Commerce recently added Melissa Bloom to its staff as administrative assistant. She replaces Krista Maines, who recently moved to the finance-assistant position.
Georgia's net tax collections for July totaled nearly $1.49 billion for an increase of $78 million, or 5.5 percent, compared to the month-ended July 2013, according to Gov. Nathan Deal.
Dr. James Graham owns and directs Excelsior Ambulance Service, Long County's new service provider. He addressed the county commission Aug. 5.
MidCoast Regional Airport's Local Joint-Management Board on Thursday approved a new fuel-supply service contract with World Fuel Service.
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