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Katie Nussbaum

SEDA announces record year for projects, job creation

The Savannah Economic Development Authority ended its year on a high note Tuesday as it announced records for capital investments, jobs and company expansions during 2017 making it the best year for the organization since 2012.

During their last board meeting of 2017, the Savannah Economic Development Authority recognized four Savannah companies for their decades long commitment to the area. Those honored were, Oglethorpe Marble & Granite, Derst Baking Company, Imperial Sugar Company and T.H. Guerry Lumber. (Photo courtesy of the Savannah Economic Development Authority)

Savannah’s preservation tax credit faces uncertain future

In the last 15 years, the Historic Tax Credit has helped save hundreds of buildings, contributed more than $7 million in labor income and created an average of 169 jobs per year in Savannah, according to a 2015 economic impact report by the Historic Savannah Foundation.

Without the Historic Tax Credit the rehabilitation of the former Atlantic Greyhound Bus Terminal, which was reopened as The Grey restaurant, would have likely taken a completely different look, said owner Johno Morisano. (Savannah Morning News file photo)

Study: SCAD’s local economic impact reaches $438M

The Savannah College of Art and Design contributed $438 million to the local economy during the fiscal year 2017 and directly supported more than 2,500 full and part-time jobs in the area, according to a recent study.

The Savannah College of Art and Design contributed $438 million to the local economy during the fiscal year 2017 and directly supported more than 2,500 full and part-time jobs in the area, according to a recent study (Photo courtesy of SCAD)

Old airport terminal to be demolished, land leased to SEDA

The Savannah Airport Commission on Wednesday voted to lease 24 acres of land to the Savannah Economic Development Authority, which will pave the way for a new aerospace development. Each acre will be leased for $8,000 per year under the agreement.

Multi-family complex planned for Savannah Quarters

A recently closed deal near Savannah Quarters is set to bring a new multi-unit apartment complex to Pooler.

This rendering show the Station at Savannah Quarters, a new multi-family complex near Savannah Quarters. The complex, which is being developed by Tynes Development will include 244-units which will be accessible by elevator. (Rendering courtesy of Harbert Realty Services)

Myrtle Beach developer buys 4 Broughton properties

Atlanta developer Ben Carter has sold four of his Broughton Street properties to Myrtle Beach-based Burroughs & Chapin.

Savannah outer harbor deepening enters next phase

The final phase of the outer harbor portion of the Savannah Harbor Expansion Project, commonly known as SHEP, is officially underway as of Dec. 1, representatives with the Savannah District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineer announced this week.

Small business experts: Savannah’s thriving

From small business loans to employment levels and occupancy rates, Savannah’s small business economy is wrapping up one of the strongest years on record according to area industry experts.

From first quarter of 2016 to the first quarter of 2017, area small businesses increased their employment by 2.6 percent, according to Armstrong State University economist Michael Toma, who presented during the annual State of Small Business on Friday. (Katie Nussbaum/Savannah Morning News)

Area home sales remain strong in October

Home sales across Bryan, Chatham and Effingham counties were up 15 percent year-over-year with 551 homes selling in October, according to monthly data released by Savannah Multi List Corp.

Enmarket acquires Clyde’s Markets

Savannah-based Enmarket Stations, Inc. is expanding its presence in Georgia with the purchase of 35 Clyde’s Market stores, the company announced today.

Enmarket has purchased 35 Clyde’s Market locations, which will bring their total store count to 90 across Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina. Enmarket assumes operations of Clyde’s today. (Photo courtesy of Enmarket)

Holiday market showcases Savannah artists

If you’re looking for unique coastal Georgia gifts and to support a cause, the annual One Hundred Miles Holiday Market has you covered.

An artist works on a coastal-themed creation for the One Hundred Miles Holiday Market. The online market will be holding an Holly Days open house today during the First Friday Art March. (Photo courtesy of One Hundred Miles)

Black Friday adventure nets deals, renewed friendships

With the snap of an early morning selfie in front of her Christmas tree, Tiffany Leighty and her mom, Leslie Glick, were ready to embark on their annual shopping trip on Black Friday. Having planned their trip in advance, the Effingham residents were on the hunt for toys, electronics and household items.

STARTING THE DAY, 5:45 A.M.: Tiffany Leighty and her mom, Leslie Glick snap an early morning selfie before heading out on their annual Black Friday shopping trip. The duo along with friend Ramona Roberts shopped in Pooler for nearly nine hours on Friday. (Photo courtesy of Tiffany Leighty)

Small local businesses ready for big holiday push

From art galleries to boutiques, Savannah’s small businesses are ready for Small Business Saturday this weekend and thanks to a new “Shop Small” campaign, businesses are expanding their reach.

Thu Tran and Leah Riffle, owners of local boutiques Red Clover and Harper, handpick items with their customers in mind making it easy to find something unique for yourself or someone on your gift list during Small Business Saturday and the holiday shopping season. (Photo courtesy of Red Clover)

Savannah Economic Development Authority announces tech partnership with SCAD

The Savannah Economic Development Authority and the Savannah College of Art and Design announced a new partnership on Tuesday that aims to help SCAD alumni develop commercially viable digital products and advance the city’s entrepreneurial ecosystem.

Scott Brown, creative director for SCAD+ talks about the new entrepreneurial program during the Savannah Economic Development Authority monthly Board of Directors meeting on Tuesday. The new program, which will be jointly funded by SCAD and SEDA, aims to help alumni develop commercially viable digital products and advance the city’s entrepreneurial ecosystem. (Katie Nussbaum/Savannah Morning News)

Retailers get ready for holiday shoppers

Holiday shopping season arrives this week, and retailers are optimistic consumers will be out in force.

Mike Finn, the manager at Best Buy talks about some of the products that seem to be trending this holiday season like the latest smart home technology that allows people to control many devices in their homes remotely. (Robert Cooper/for the Savannah Morning News)(Robert Cooper/for the Savannah Morning News)

Tourism groups set legislative focus

Making sure visitors and businesses feel welcome in Georgia remains the top of the 2108 list for the General Assembly. Local and state tourism leaders gathered Thursday to urge elected officials to support their work.

Michael Owens, president and CEO of the Tourism Leadership Council, and Morgan Law, executive director of the Georgia Travel Association, speak during the TLC’s last luncheon of 2017 on Thursday. The tourism leaders discussed their top legislative priorities ahead of the 2018 Georgia General Assembly. (Katie Nussbaum/Savannah Morning News)

Jobs remain top priority for legislators in next year

Keeping Savannah’s business climate healthy and defending against legislation that could negatively impact the industry once again topped a list of seven legislative priorities Savannah business leaders presented to local delegation members during the Savannah Area Chamber of Commerce’s annual Eggs &Issues breakfast.

Chamber Chairman Sam McCachern, right, talks with State Senator Lester Jackson, left, and Representative Ron Stephens at the annual Eggs & Issues Legislative Breakfast. (Steve Bisson/Savannah Morning News)

Score Savannah honors longtime mentor

After retiring and settling in Savannah 22 years ago, Al Torpie knew he wanted to remain active in the business community and, during the last two decades, he’s been doing just that by helping the area’s small businesses build plans for success through his time with Savannah SCORE.

Score Savannah member Al Torpie, left, was honored by the organization and chapter chairman Michael Siegel on Monday for 20 years of service as a Score Mentor. Torpie has advised dozens of Savannah businesses and nonprofits on marketing, budgeting and planning during the last two decades through Score. (Katie Nussbaum/Savannah Morning News)

Cohen’s Retreat owner finds new inspiration after 5 years

Colleen Smith’s love for Cohen’s Retreat began long before she purchased the Skidaway Road property five years ago and transformed it into one of Savannah’s most unique restaurants and retail spaces.

Photo courtesy of Cohen’s Retreat - Purchased five years ago by Colleen Smith, Cohen’s Retreat, a former nursing home on Skidaway Road, has been transformed it into one of Savannah’s most unique restaurants and retail spaces.

Breast cancer awareness effort celebrates successful year

Over the past decade, Paint the Town Pink has served thousands of women and raised thousands of dollars, but it all began as a small, casual conversation between friends. The partnership, between St. Joseph’s/Candler and the Savannah Morning News, renews each October to raise breast cancer awareness and encourage women to get mammograms.