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March 18 - Process Begins to Update the Chatham County Pre-Disaster Hazard Mitigation Plan

Savannah Business Journal Staff Report

March 18, 2019 - The 2015 Chatham County Pre-Disaster Hazard Mitigation Plan is being updated to meet the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Disaster Mitigation Act and Georgia Emergency Management requirements. This plan includes all municipalities in Chatham County and must be updated every 5 years to remain eligible for FEMA pre and post-disaster grant funding. 

A public kickoff meeting will begin at 5:30 p.m. on March 18, 2019, at the Crosswinds Golf Club.  The public is encouraged to attend to receive details about the planning process and information on the natural hazards impacting Chatham County.  A hazard mitigation planning website has been developed to provide information throughout the planning process at http://www.chathamcountyga-hmp.com/. Included on the website is a public survey to assess citizen’s current knowledge on local hazards and what mitigation actions the public considers most effective.

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March 18 - Tepuy Activewear Announces Authentic Georgia Membership

Savannah Business Journal Staff Report

March 18, 2019 - Tepuy Activewear recently announced its membership in the Georgia Chamber of Commerce’s Authentic Georgia initiative, whose mission is to grow pride and awareness of businesses throughout Georgia.

“I am very excited Tepuy Activewear become part of Authentic Georgia. We proudly design, manufacture and distribute our products from Americus, the heart of Southwest Georgia,” says  Elena Carné CEO/Fashion Designer of Tepuy Activewear. “We embody the diversity and values Authentic Georgia represents.We have embarked on the journey of promoting and selling our Georgia-made brand around the country, at different fitness events and conferences, and it has been well received. The question always made us smile: Are your products really handcrafted in Americus, Georgia?”

Tepuy Activewear is a vibrant, fashion-forward U.S. brand committed to excellent quality, adaptable performance and ethical fashion. We are a women-owned and managed design company, striving to manufacture affordable, functional, fashionable activewear.

The company joins a growing list of diverse Authentic Georgia companies, including Textron Specialized Vehicles of Augusta, Byrd Cookie Company of Savannah, Rev Coffee Roasters of Atlanta, Red Brick Brewing of Atlanta, Southern Proper of Atlanta, the Okefenokee Swamp Park of South Georgia, and others.

“Our goal with Authentic Georgia is to improve the brand awareness of goods, locations, and businesses operating in Georgia in order to support a robust business community and to better grow our economy,” said Chris Clark, President and CEO of the Georgia Chamber of Commerce. “By promoting and showing the benefits of buying Georgia, we’re helping businesses throughout the state connect with more consumers, while achieving growth and stimulating our economy. In turn, consumers who seek out Georgia businesses and services value the Authentic Georgia brand and take pride in helping to support the businesses, people and places that make our state great.”

 

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Feb. 13 - World Trade Center Seeks Nominations for International Business of the Year

Savannah Business Journal Staff Report

February 13, 2019 - World Trade Center Savannah is now calling for nominations for the World Trade Center Savannah International Business of the Year Award.

Given annually, the award recognizes companies that excel in international trade and acknowledges the importance of trade to the region’s economy. This award is presented to encourage and recognize exemplary corporate leadership for international business or trade that advances relations between the U.S. and other nations as well as creates quality jobs in the region.

The nomination is open to companies of all sizes located in the Coastal Georgia region engaging in international business. Past winners include D.J. Powers, Savannah Bee Company, DIRTT Environmental Solutions and Gulfstream Aerospace.

The deadline for submissions is Friday, March 22. Nominations can be submitted online atwtcsavannah.org/nomination or for more information contact LeAndrea Mikell at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. 

The award will be presented at the inaugural the Prosperity Through Trade Luncheon presented by World Trade Center Savannah, Thursday, May 9, 11:30 a.m. at the Hyatt Regency Savannah, 2 W Bay St. Tickets are available at wtcsavannah.org/events.

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March 15 - Make Savannah Seeking Vendor Applications for Spring Festival

Savannah Business Journal Staff Report

March 15, 2019 - Make Savannah is now seeking vendor applications for Spring Festival at Maven Makers, 415 W. Boundary St., on Saturday, April 27. Open to the public, the festival celebrates Savannah made and inspired goods, connecting shoppers with makers and encouraging the community to support local entrepreneurship. Makers are invited to apply by visiting MakeSavannah.com and completing the online application. The deadline is Friday, March 29 and the vendor fee is $50. All creatives welcome.

Makers are entrepreneurs, craftsmen, artisans, photographers, writers, chefs, collectors, leather makers and designers with a product to sell. To qualify for selection, products must be handmade or innovated in the Savannah community. Applications are accepted from a broad range of product categories including custom jewelry, high-quality craft and handmade items, food and beverage goods, tools, furniture and home accessories, artwork and more. Makers are selected based on the following product differentiators:

  • Local connectedness

  • Quality

  • Uniqueness

Spearheaded by Clark Creative Communications, Make Savannah is an online destination and networking group showcasing the inspirational brands, and the people behind them, that make Savannah distinctly special. MakeSavannah.com provides Savannah brand lovers with a place to shop a curated selection of signature products all in one destination, learn about the Makers behind each product, and gift like a Savannahian. For more information, visit MakeSavannah.com or call 912-233-1160.

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Feb. 13 - Thomas & Hutton Projects Move on to National Engineering Excellence Awards

Savannah Business Journal Staff Report

February 13, 2019 - Thomas & Hutton recently announced that two of its projects, “South Carolina’s Framework for Freight” Camp Hall Rail and “Horry County Schools Think Energy Positive” were named Top 6 Engineering Excellence projects in South Carolina. The “Horry County Schools Think Energy Positive” project was awarded South Carolina’s highest honor – the Palmetto Award. Both projects now move into the national competition at the American Council of Engineering Companies’ (ACEC) annual Engineering Excellence Awards (EEA) competition in May 2019. The national competition recognizes engineering firms that demonstrate an exceptional degree of innovation, complexity, achievement, and value through their submitted projects.

“Horry County Schools Think Energy Positive” project helped address Horry County’s rapid population and development growth, as well as future funding, with Horry County Schools embarking on a quarter billion-dollar endeavor to design and construct five new state-of-the-art, high efficiency, “energy positive” schools. These schools were built simultaneously, within 21 months, with intentional design to consume less energy than they generate on an annual basis to provide cost-savings over the lifetime of the schools.

The schools are completely new construction and are the first of its kind in Horry County and the Southeastern United States. Thomas & Hutton laid the groundwork in providing site planning, civil design, survey, and landscape architecture services. With a fundamental mission of efficiency, Thomas & Hutton’s main objectives were to foster an environment with safe and efficient transportation, provide sustainable site designs while meeting the energy goals of the project, and maintain cohesion across the school sites, in addition to accounting for the buildings’ architectural styles. All five schools were completed and ready for students in the 2017/2018 and 2018/2019 school years as scheduled.

“South Carolina’s Framework for Freight” Camp Hall Rail project includes a 25-mile long rail line connecting Camp Hall in Ridgeland to the CSX Generating Station in Cross, South Carolina. Development within the Camp Hall Commerce Park, including Volvo Cars, has increased demand for rail service. This rail line will allow trains to transport cars and goods from Camp Hall to inland distribution centers for distribution throughout the United States and internationally. Thomas & Hutton provided route and property surveys to analyze potential impacts and feasibility of running the rail line along privately-owned properties and environmentally sensitive lands.  With combined LiDAR and ground survey, this approach provided timely data collection for design and acquisition saving the state of South Carolina money. With full operation set for June 2020, the rail service will lessen the environmental and physical impact of hundreds of trucks on the already congested Interstate 26 corridor.

 

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