BiS: - Business news for the creative coast.

Mary Carr Mayle

Senior Business Reporter - 912-652-0324 - Email me

Southside Fire to acquire Coastal EMS

Southside Fire & EMS has agreed to purchase Coastal EMS from MetroAtlanta Ambulance Service of Marietta, further solidifying its position as the dominant provider of emergency services in the county.

GPA prepares for future with mega intermodal terminal

The Georgia Ports Authority is known throughout the maritime industry for its forward-thinking solutions to issues before they become obstacles.

Savannah Tech’s Skylar Huggett named top technical college student in state

Skylar Huggett, a welding and joining student at Savannah Technical College, has been named the states’s top technical student for 2017.

Trade Center votes to move forward with expansion design

With a new convention hotel on the way and a $3 million appropriation in Gov. Nathan Deal’s supplemental 2018 budget, the board of the Georgia International & Maritime Trade Center Authority board Wednesday gave its architectural team the green light to design an expansion of the 17-year-old trade center building.

SEDA: Distribution center changes to bring new jobs

The Savannah Economic Development Authority on Tuesday recognized two businesses that are collectively bringing more than 200 new jobs online.

Feds OK groundbreaking collaboration between Georgia, Virginia ports

The federal government on Friday gave its approval to an innovative agreement that allows the Georgia Ports Authority and the Virginia Port Authority to begin discussing ways the two ports can share information in certain operational areas to position themselves as the U.S. East Coast’s leading gateways for containerized cargo.

Gulfstream expanding services for growing Asia Pacific fleet

Savannah-based Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. announced Monday that it continues to add resources for operators in the Asia-Pacific region, home to the company’s largest and fastest-growing international fleet.

At Gulfstream Beijing, the first factory-owned business jet service center in China, technicians have serviced more than 600 aircraft in the facility’s four-plus years of operation at Beijing Capital International Airport. (Gulfstream photo)

With passage of tax bill, Savannah Yacht Center to become reality

Rob Demere believes Georgia is poised to become a significant force in the yacht repair and refit business currently dominated by Southeast Florida, where the marine services industry generates an annual economic impact of approximately $1.6 billion.

River Oaks Studios holds open house to showcase new sound stage

Rodney Dickey didn’t move to Savannah to open a film studio. In fact, the successful businessman will be the first to tell you he knew nothing about the industry.

Rodney Dickey, president of River Oaks Film Studios, spoke about plans for his new venture at an open house Thursday night at the facility on Gulfstream Rd.(Robert Cooper/for the Savannah Morning News)

CRG building speculative distribution center near port

As container volumes at the Port of Savannah continue to expand, so does the demand for warehouse and distribution space around the country’s fourth-largest and fastest-growing port.

Savannah harbor deepening price tag rises

The project to deepen the shipping channel to the Port of Savannah is expected to cost taxpayers some $267 million more than previously estimated.

Does IRS owe you for 2013? Better check now

If you worked in 2013, but didn’t make enough to require that you file a federal tax return, it’s likely that the IRS has some money waiting for you.

Richard Fox-Marrs replaces Arjun Mirdha as President, CEO of JCB North America

In an apparent shake-up at the world’s third-largest privately owned construction equipment manufacturer, Arjun Mirdha is out and Richard Fox-Marrs has been named President and Chief Executive Officer of Savannah-based JCB North America, effective immediately.

Local gaming studio kickstarting ‘Starfighter Inc.’

“Mankind’s final frontier is dominated by ruthless corporate interests and the powerful mercenary forces that they employ. In space, this is the one reality: those who can, take. Those who have, protect. Violence is inevitable, and for ambitious pilots with flexible ethics there are always opportunities to cash in.”

A concept piece from the video game Starfighter Inc. designed by Impeller Studios, a gaming studio based out of Savannah, GA (Contributed Photo/Savannah Morning News)

Georgia truckers, GBI work to cut cargo theft

Cargo theft is a growing problem that’s costing businesses billions of dollars every year, especially in Georgia, which has the dubious distinction of ranking sixth in the nation for such losses.

Bill to cap tax on yacht repairs passes on last day

Colonial Groups’s plans to convert the old Intermarine boatbuilding facility on Lathrop Avenue into a state-of-the-art mega-yacht repair and refit facility appear to be back on track after the Georgia General Assembly passed an 11th-hour bill that will allow the state to compete with Florida for the business.

Portside: New ship-to-shore cranes coming online at GPA’s Garden City Terminal

The first of four new Neo-Panamax cranes came online last week at Georgia Ports Authority’s Garden City Terminal, bringing its operating fleet of massive ship-to-shore cranes to 23- more cranes than any other U.S. terminal.

Trade Center governance bill a no-go for this year

A bill that would have changed the governance of the Savannah International Trade and Convention Center from a local entity to a state authority appears to be dead for this year.

Tax questions? Ask our experts

To help our readers get through the stresses of tax season and better prepare for the year ahead, the Savannah Morning News and have again teamed up with Hancock Askew &Co. to take questions regarding individual and small business returns.

Trade center governance bill back on track

A bill designed to change the governance of the Savannah International Trade and Convention Center from a local authority to a state authority appears to be back on track after stalling in the Georgia Senate earlier this month amid confusion about whether local officials — including the trade center’s board — had been appraised of the measure.