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Nov. 3 - Liberty County named in 'Best of Georgia' by Southern business and development publication

Savannah Business Journal Staff Report

November 3, 2016 – Liberty County economic development leaders announced last week that Liberty County received two accolades in the inaugural “Best of Georgia” list published by Southern Business & Development (SB&D) magazine, now available.

Proximity to the Port of Savannah and suitability for aerospace are the traits for which Liberty County is receiving recognition, according to LCDA CEO Ronald E. Tolley.

“We were elated to learn that our county is featured among the ‘Best Small Market Aerospace Location’ and ‘Best Industrial Sites Close to the Port of Savannah’ lists,” Tolley said. “These accolades support our industrial recruitment efforts, and are evidenced by the success of aerospace manufacturer Alcoa Forgings and Extrusions and port users such as Target, Tire Rack, Hugo Boss and Hankook.”

The “Best of Georgia” list is among a “Best of Economic Development in the American South” series introduced earlier this year by the publication.

Designations were awarded in accordance with a survey of SB&D’s Southern Economic Development Roundtable, which includes current and former Secretaries of Commerce of Southern states, along with educators, economists, consultants and local economic developers.

Southern Business & Development magazine highlights business and industrial news in the American South, with a circulation of more than 12,000 throughout North America.

The Liberty County Development Authority actively markets Tradeport Business Center, located about 30 minutes south of Savannah and positioned strategically on Interstate 95 with access to Interstate 16.

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Aug. 6 - Dairy Queen Chief Operating Officer Visits Glennville’s DQ Grill & Chill® Restaurant to Help Serve a Blizzard of Miracles Aug. 8

Aug. 6, 2013 – Troy Bader, COO of International Dairy Queen, Inc.; and Zuberk Malek, operator of the Glennville DQ Grill & Chill® restaurant, 403 N. Downing Musgrove Highway, Glennville, will help make miracles for hospitalized children during the eighth annual Dairy Queen Miracle Treat Day. Proceeds from Blizzard sales at Malek’s DQ Grill & Chill restaurant will be donated to Children's Hospital at Memorial University Medical Center. The hospital is part of Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, a charity that raises funds for 170 children’s hospitals across the United States and Canada.

Miracle Treat Day will be held all day on Thursday, Aug. 8. The original Oreo®* will be the featured Miracle Treat Day Blizzard of the Day. The Oreo Blizzard Treat still holds the title as the most popular Blizzard flavor since the Blizzard Treat burst onto the scene in 1985. New flavor Tripleberry Brownie, which is made with rich choco chunks, Orange Julius® Tripleberry fruit puree and chewy brownie pieces, is the Blizzard of the Month for August in the U.S.; and in Canada it is Caramel Chip Cheesecake, which is made with delicious cheesecake pieces, choco chunks and smooth caramel topping, all blended with creamy vanilla soft serve. All other Blizzard Treat flavors will also be available that day.

The Dairy Queen system is one of the top 10 contributors to Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, having raised more than $97 million since 1984. Last year Dairy Queen locations across the United States and Canada raised nearly $5 million on Miracle Treat Day.

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DOD's desired Army Restructuring Could Impact Fort Stewart

Army Restructuring to Impact Fort Stewart

June 25, 2013 – It was the announcement that Liberty County and the entire Savannah metro area has been dreading:  yesterday the Department of the Army announced force structure and stationing decisions associated with the active component end-strength reduction of 80,000 soldiers, resulting in an Army end-strength of 490,000 by 2017.

Ft. Stewart will lose a full brigade of 1,300 soldiers which will have a ripple effect out to civilian jobs at the base and at area installations.  The loss of the soldiers is magnified by the loss of their families which impacts area businesses and schools.

“These reductions are consistent with fiscal constraints resulting from the Budget Control Act of 2011 and defense planning guidance issued in 2012, but do not reflect additional reductions that will be required if sequestration-driven funding reductions remain unmitigated,” the DOA added. 
Based on extensive analysis, the Army explained, and “the lessons of a dozen years of combat and the need to increase operational capability and flexibility,” the Army will make the following changes to its force structure:

• Reorganize infantry and armor brigade combat teams (BCTs) to restore the third maneuver battalion and increase engineer and fires capability

• Reduce active component BCTs from 45 modular to 33 reorganized BCTs.

• Continue growth in aviation, special operations, missile defense and cyber capabilities.

This active component force structure, in conjunction with Army National Guard and Army Reserve capabilities, supports the current defense strategy and meets combatant command requirements through regional alignment of forces and global responsiveness for contingencies.  The decision to restructure armor and infantry BCTs helps mitigate the loss of BCTs by eliminating the headquarters but preserving 13 armor and infantry battalions that would be lost without the reorganization.

Stationing decisions necessitated by the reductions and reorganization were based on a comprehensive analysis of installation quantitative and qualitative considerations to include training, power projection, well-being, expansibility, regeneration, geographic distribution, environmental and socio-economic impacts, cost and alignment with the defense strategy. Opportunities for community input were included through both the programmatic environment assessment public comment period and community listening sessions conducted in parallel with the military value analysis and qualitative stationing analysis, prior to the final decision.

Based on this comprehensive analysis, a BCT will inactivate at each of the following locations by 2017:  Fort Bliss, Texas; Fort Bragg, N.C.; Fort Campbell, Ky; Fort Carson, Colo.; Fort Drum, N.Y.; Fort Hood, Texas; Fort Knox, Ky.; Fort Riley, Kan.; Fort Stewart, Ga., and Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash.  Two BCTs, stationed at Baumholder and Grafenwoehr, Germany, will complete their inactivation in Fiscal Year 2013, leaving two BCTs in Europe to fulfill strategic commitments.

The reduction of 80,000 soldiers from the force represents a 14 percent reduction across the AC force. The specific impacts of these decisions on individual installations are being provided to affected Congressional delegations. The Army will conduct Congressional notification in accordance with Section 993, Title 10 U.S.C. prior to taking any irrevocable actions to implement these decisions.

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Liberty County Health Department Hosting WIC Farmers Market

Liberty County Health Department Hosting WIC Farmers Market

June 25, 2013 – If you are a WIC client who lives in Liberty County, The Liberty County Health Department invites you to take advantage of the opportunity to purchase fresh fruits and vegetables at the WIC Farmers Market Tuesday, June 25 and Wednesday, June 26.

The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children, popularly known as WIC, provides supplemental foods, health care referrals and nutrition education at no cost to low-income pregnant, breastfeeding and non-breastfeeding post-partum women, and to infants and children up to 5 years of age, who are found to be at nutritional risk.

The WIC Farmers Market is an extension of the Farmers' Market Nutrition Program (FMNP) which is funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).

The goal of the FMNP is to provide fresh, nutritious, locally grown fruits and vegetables from farmers’ markets to low-income families. Each eligible family can receive vouchers to purchase fresh fruits, vegetables, and cut herbs at WIC-approved Certified Farmers’ Markets.

Food distribution will be from 9 a.m.-2 p.m.  The WIC Farmers Market will be held in the back parking lot of the Liberty County Health Department, 1113 E. Oglethorpe Highway in Hinesville.

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Project Homeless Connect Holding Outreach Event in Hinesville

June 3, 2013 – Project Homeless Connect will be holding an outreach event for homeless and at risk individuals in the Liberty County area on Saturday June 8, 2013.

The event is sponsored by the Hinesville Homeless Prevention Program in conjunction with the City of Hinesville, Liberty County Homeless Coalition, Townsend Family Dental, Aire Serv Heating and Air, Unique Social Club, A-1 Discount Flooring, Lynette’s Professional Cleaning Service and The Heritage Bank.

Billed as a “One day, one stop, one shop for the Homeless and At Risk”, the event will feature a wide variety of services, including free haircuts, food distribution, clothing and shoes, health and dental services (including HIV/AIDS and STD screening),  and lunch provided by Café Connect.

Local volunteers will also be on hand to offer information concerning mental and emotional health, employment assistance, substance abuse prevention, prescription assistance, veteran’s benefits information, domestic violence aid, housing information, financial and consumer credit counseling, community advocacy and legislative assistance, legal assistance and notary services, and adult education and GED program information.  Door prizes will also be awarded, and there will be face painting and a children’s book giveaway for the kids.

The event will be held from 12-2:00 p.m. at the Mt. Zion Community Center, 1370 Shaw Road, in Hinesville.

For more information, please call 912-876-6573.

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