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Armstrong breaks ground on new college of health facility

Tue, 08/29/2017 - 6:08pm

State and local dignitaries broke out the shovels late Tuesday morning to mark the start of construction on a new facility that will serve budding health professionals in the area.

Armstrong alumni Don and Cindy Waters after breaking ground for the new Waters College of Health Professions at Armstrong State University Tuesday morning. The Waters contributed $2 million to the 75,000-square-foot facility that is expected to open in spring 2019. (Steve Bisson/Savannah Morning News)

City Talk: Savannah hospitality employment similar to Charleston, Asheville, New Orleans

Mon, 08/28/2017 - 10:23pm

In Sunday’s column, I mentioned that I was going to compare employment in the leisure and hospitality sector in Savannah and a few other select cities.

Tech group aims to grow IT apprenticeships

Mon, 08/28/2017 - 9:16pm

For many college graduates a degree doesn’t always guarantee a job. Employers often seek experience in addition to education or training, which can pose a problem for recent graduates, so one local group is helping to promote the benefits of apprenticeships within the local tech community in an effort to bolster the local job market.

NEWSMAKERS

Sat, 08/26/2017 - 11:50pm

NEW HIRES/PROMOTIONS

Kimberly Hamm

Creative Coast broadens its community with new place, goals

Sat, 08/26/2017 - 8:55pm

For the last 10 years, the Creative Coast has worked to cultivate a creative and innovative environment where Savannah’s entrepreneurs from medical startups and web developers to clothing design companies have access to resources and mentoring to put their companies and Savannah on the map.

An attendee of Innovation Day at the Creative Coast’s Bull Street Labs tries out some virtual reality gear. (Photos courtesy of the Creative Coast)

Ask Brianna: How do I help my parents pay off college debt?

Sat, 08/26/2017 - 7:28pm

By Brianna McGurran

FILE - This April 2017 file photo provided by NerdWallet shows Brianna McGurran, a columnist for personal finance website NerdWallet.com. “Ask Brianna” is a Q&A column for 20-somethings, or anyone else starting out. (NerdWallet via AP, File)

Warming Arctic spurs battles for riches, shipping routes

Sat, 08/26/2017 - 7:28pm

By Frank Jordans

A polar bear steps out of a pool while walking on the ice in the Franklin Strait in the Canadian Arctic Archipelago, Saturday, July 22, 2017. Industry experts, researchers and veterans of the Far North say there remain many obstacles to reaping the riches once blocked by the ice. Conservationists also oppose the large-scale extraction of Arctic resources, fearing that the fragile environment will be irreparably harmed. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

Focus for independent retailers: make shopping easy and fun

Sat, 08/26/2017 - 7:26pm

By Joyce M. Rosenberg

In this July 25, 2017, photo, Bryce Phillips, left, the founder and CEO of evo, a Seattle-based outdoor, bike, ski, and clothing retailer, poses for a photo with Ben Wallace, evo’s director of business development, in their store in Seattle. Evo gets 80 percent of its business from its online business. But because it has plenty of competition online and off, “we need to do the things that made us different from the beginning,” Phillips says. That includes offering services like travel planning for customers who want to go on snowboarding, surfing or other outdoor sports-focused vacations. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

How to tell if the price is right on your next prescription before you pay for it

Sat, 08/26/2017 - 7:24pm

By TOM MURPHY

FILE - In this Friday, July 8, 2016, file photo, a pharmacy technician fills a prescription for an anti-diarrhea medication at a pharmacy, in Sacramento, Calif. Filling a prescription is no longer the simple errand you run after a doctor visit. With drug prices rising and insurance coverage shrinking, it pays to ask questions and do a little research before handing over your insurance card at the pharmacy counter. Having coverage offers no guarantee that you’re getting the best price for your medicine. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)

City Talk: July employment estimates show continued strength of area economy

Sat, 08/26/2017 - 3:49pm

According to the estimates recently released by the Georgia Department of Labor, the Savannah metro area added 4,300 nonfarm payroll jobs between July 2017 and July 2017. That increase of 2.4 percent is markedly faster than the rate of population growth.

5 times when you should buy your leased car

Fri, 08/25/2017 - 9:36pm

By Philip Reed

In this Wednesday, April 26, 2017, photo, cars are lined up in the lot of a Chevrolet dealership in Richmond, Va. The buyout option at the end of a car lease can be an attractive opportunity or a tool for damage control. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

Codebase offers chance to grow new mobile apps

Fri, 08/25/2017 - 5:04pm

Nearly 80 percent of Americans own smartphones, making mobile apps part of our everyday lives. From ordering groceries to controlling your thermostat and household lighting, there’s an app to do it.

Aleshia Howell

XPO Logistics honors Savannah driver for safety; biggest ship yet heads our way

Thu, 08/24/2017 - 10:30pm

XPO Logistics, Inc., one of the largest providers of less-than-truckload – or LTL — transportation in North America, has recognized professional driver William Henderson of Savannah for surpassing 3 million miles on the road without a preventable accident.

The CMA CGM Theodore Roosevelt, with a total capacity of 14,855 TEUs, is the largest ship ever to come through the Panama Canal. It’s scheduled to call on Savannah in the next few weeks. (Photo courtesy Panama Canal)

Star Wars toy launch to unveil new ‘Last Jedi’ character

Thu, 08/24/2017 - 10:18pm

LOS ANGELES — “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” is still a few months away from hitting theaters, but BB-8-happy fans are about to get a glimpse at a new character as a part of a three-day marketing rollout of toys and products inspired by the film.

This image released by Lucasfilm shows a scene from the upcoming “Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” expected in theaters in December. Fans are about to get a glimpse at a new character as a part of a three-day marketing roll out of toys and products inspired by the film. The global event, dubbed Force Friday II, will run from Sept. 1 through Sept. 3. (Industrial Light & Magic/Lucasfilm via AP)

Universities contribute $400M to local economy in 2016

Thu, 08/24/2017 - 10:56am

Armstrong State University and Savannah State University contributed more than $400 million to the local economy during the fiscal year 2016 and provided nearly 5,000 jobs, according to recent study conducted by the Selig Center for Economic Growth in the University of Georgia’s Terry College of Business.

According to an annual study conducted by the University of Georgia’s Terry College of Business, Armstrong State University contributed more than $252 million dollars to the local economy during the fiscal year 2016. (Savannah Morning News file photo) According to an annual study conducted by the University of Georgia’s Terry College of Business Armstrong State University contributed more than $252 million dollars to the local economy during the fiscal year 2016. (Savannah Morning News file photo)

Savannah-area jobless rate sticks at 4.7% for July

Thu, 08/24/2017 - 9:08am

Metro Savannah’s and Coastal Georgia’s unemployment rates stayed the same in July, according to the Georgia Department of Labor.

Papy: Open Savannah makes civic life accessible

Wed, 08/23/2017 - 8:45pm

One of the few silver linings of the current presidential administration is that is has pushed regular people to want to become more involved or learn more about civic life.