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State unemployment down to 7.4%

ATLANTA – The Georgia Department of Labor announced today that Georgia's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate decreased to 7.4 percent in December, down two-tenths of a percentage point from a revised 7.6 percent in November. The rate was 8.7 percent in December a year ago.

January 23, 2014 | Special to the Courier | Business


Advisors: Liberty needs groceries, fine dining

Based on a community-survey questionnaire completed by a newly formed retail-advisory board and supported by research conducted by Retail Strategies, Liberty County needs full-service and higher-end dining, more grocery stores, fast-food restaurants in outlying areas, big-box stores along with electronics, shoe and sporting-goods stores, and family entertainment.

January 22, 2014 | By Denise Etheridge | Business


Midway store, cafe uses local produce

Foods of the Farm held a ribbon cutting and grand opening in conjunction with the Liberty County Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday at 11239 Oglethorpe Highway. in Midway. Owners Scott and Theresa Morrison welcomed family, local residents and chamber staffers and members to the event.

January 18, 2014 | Special to the Courier | Business


IRS warns of phone scam

ATLANTA - The Internal Revenue Service recently warned consumers about a sophisticated phone scam targeting taxpayers, including recent immigrants, throughout the country.

January 18, 2014 | Special to the Courier | Business


LCDA wants to extend MidCoast runway

The Liberty County Development Authority approved a contract Tuesday morning with The McDonald Firm LLC of Atlanta to lobby the state legislature for $4 million in funds to extend the runway at MidCoast Regional Airport.

January 15, 2014 | By Denise Etheridge | Business


State revenue up 3.8 percent in December

Gov. Nathan Deal announced Thursday that Georgia's net tax collections for the month of December totaled $1.75 billion for an increase of $64 million, or 3.8 percent, compared to the month-ended December 2012.

January 14, 2014 | Special to the Courier | Business


Most soldiers' housing allowance increased

Most soldiers stationed at Fort Stewart and Hunter Army Airfield will see an average 5 percent increase in their basic housing allowance, according to Chris Curry, housing chief for Stewart-Hunter's Directorate of Public Works.

January 13, 2014 | By Randy C. Murray | Business


Gym marks new ownership

Curves held a ribbon cutting Dec. 19 at 230 W. Gen. Screven Way, No. 106 in Hinesville in conjunction with the Liberty County Chamber of Commerce.

January 11, 2014 | Special to the Courier | Business


Development group at next PTP luncheon

The Liberty County Chamber of Commerce will host the Liberty County Development Authority at the Progress Through People Luncheon at noon Thursday, Jan. 30, the Liberty County Performing Arts Center in Flemington.

January 11, 2014 | Special to the Courier | Business


Bryan County bows to company to get road

A requirement by Rayonier that Bryan County sign an arbitration clause in order to use county employees to dig dirt from the company's land rankled members of the Bryan County Board of Commissioners, but in the end the board voted 3-2 to enter into the agreement.

January 09, 2014 | By Jeff Whitten Correspondent | Business


AASU report: Regional economy is recovering

SAVANNAH - Armstrong Atlantic State University's latest Coastal Empire Economic Monitor reports the Savannah-area economy expanded significantly during the third quarter of 2013 and should continue to experience growth in the first half of 2014.

January 09, 2014 | Special to the Courier | Business


Farmers market seeking vendors

The Hinesville Downtown Farmers Market is accepting vendor applications for the 2014 season.

January 08, 2014 | Special to the Courier | Business


Coastal EMC voted best in state

Georgia Electric Membership Corporation named Coastal EMC in Midway the Electric Co-op of the Year during November's annual meeting of EMCs in Augusta. The local EMC also received the 2013 Georgia Electric Membership Corporation Community Service and Volunteerism Award.

January 08, 2014 | By Denise Etheridge | Business


Development panel plans long term

The Liberty County Development Authority updated a number of its long-range plans Monday, including debt reduction and divesting itself of the water-reclamation facility at Tradeport East. The authority board held a planning workshop following a regular meeting early this week at Coastal EMC in Midway.

January 08, 2014 | By Denise Etheridge | Business


New law tightens background checks on child-care providers

A new law designed to better protect Georgia's children who are in day-care centers went into effect New Year's Day.

January 07, 2014 | By Denise Etheridge | Business


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Area workforce ranked in top 20

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.

August 22, 2014 | Special to the Courier | Business


LCPC updates Fleming subarea land-use map

The Liberty Consolidated Planning Commission on Tuesday approved a revised subarea land-use map for the Fleming community.

August 22, 2014 | By Jeremy McAbee | Business


Development authority backs SNF expansion

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.

August 21, 2014 | By Randy C. Murray | Business


Chamber replaces administrative assistant

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.

August 17, 2014 | Special to the Courier | Business


State revenue up 5.5% in July

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.

August 16, 2014 | Special to the Courier | Business


Long Co. Commission welcomes ambulance service

Dr. James Graham owns and directs Excelsior Ambulance Service, Long County's new service provider. He addressed the county commission Aug. 5.

August 13, 2014 | Mike Riddle | Business


MidCoast Regional to get new fuel supplier

MidCoast Regional Airport's Local Joint-Management Board on Thursday approved a new fuel-supply service contract with World Fuel Service.

August 13, 2014 | By Jeremy McAbee | Business


Maines hired at chamber as admiin assistant

The Liberty County Chamber of Commerce recently added Krista Maines to its staff as administrative assistant.

August 08, 2014 | Special to the Courier editor@coastalcourier.com | Business


Bank donates toward SPLOST campaign

The Liberty County branch of Ameris Bank recently donated $1,500 to the 2014 Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST) marketing campaign.

August 08, 2014 | Special to the Courier | Business


Chamber of Commerce ribbon cutting

Jones Medical Equipment, with support from the Liberty County Chamber of Commerce, held a ribbon cutting to celebrate the company's one-year anniversary Aug. 1 at 481 E.G. Miles Parkway in Hinesville.

August 08, 2014 | Special to the Courier editor@coastalcourier.com | Business


Veterans group board member speaks to Hinesville Rotarians

John Caravella, a Vietnam veteran and board member of Veterans Heart Georgia, was the guest speaker Tuesday at the Hinesville Rotary Club's weekly meeting at the La Quinta Inn & Suites.

August 06, 2014 | Randy C. Murray | Business


Tradeport East to get new high-pressure gas line

The Tradeport East Business Center in Midway soon will receive a high-pressure gas line thanks to a $46 million expansion of Atlanta Gas Light's Strategic Infrastructure Development and Enhancement program.

August 05, 2014 | By Jeremy McAbee | Business


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