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Jan. 16 - United Community Bank Donates $1,795 to Old Savannah City Mission

Savannah Business Journal Staff Report

January 16, 2019 - United Community Bank recently announced that it presented a $1,795 donation to the Old Savannah City Mission to fund the purchase of a five-compartment steamer table. The donation was organized by United’s Savannah team members after learning that the Mission’s previous steamer table, which was used to feed nearly 300 homeless individuals each day, was no longer serviceable. 

“United Community Bank is dedicated to community improvement, and we are honored to support such a deserving local organization during its time of need,” said Mason Waters, Regional President of Coastal Georgia for United Community Bank. “The work done by the Old Savannah City Mission is consistent with our core values and greatly benefits our community. We are humbled to assist them as they continue to improve the lives of hundreds in Savannah.” 

In addition to the monetary donation, United also donated more than seven boxes of laundry detergent, washcloths and shoes. These donations will help the nonprofit fulfill its mission of feeding, clothing and sheltering the homeless, as well as preparing them for the workforce through the organization’s Urban Training Institute.

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Jan. 16 - Infinity, Inc. Celebrates 20th Anniversary with Scholarship Announcement

Savannah Business Journal Staff Report

January 16, 2019 - From a time when businesses worried about preparing for the dreaded Y2K bug, to becoming the trusted advisor of some of Savannah's most prestigious institutions, Infinity, Inc. celebrates its 20th anniversary as the premier provider of managed IT services in Savannah.

Beginning with just Chuck and his brother David in 1999, Infinity has grown to 23 employees in Savannah. Together they serve clients of all industries with headquarters from Hilton Head to Vidalia to Brunswick, in addition to supporting remote offices as far away as Chicago, IL and Boulder, CO.

Infinity partners with clients to plan strategically for growth and innovation. From server migrations to hosted phones, all facets of business technology can be used to increase efficiency and improve a company’s bottom line.

CEO Chuck Brown says, “We are humbled by the success we've been blessed with in our community over the last twenty years. That success is due to the hard work of our team, the trust placed in us by our valued clients, and the good fortune of having a business in the best city in America. For us it's all about the relationships built by trying to do a little better every day than the day before. We appreciate the last twenty years and are excited to see what the next twenty hold!”

Infinity prides itself on a holistic approach based on 3 Core Values to do the right thing always, continuously improve, and provide fanatical customer service. This operating style has allowed the company to adapt and evolve over the past 20 years to today’s business environment, handling sophisticated cybersecurity and Internet of Things integrations while looking towards blockchain and 5G technologies.

And it is with an eye to the future that Infinity announced a $2,000 scholarship to be awarded to a graduating high school senior who has shown interest and proficiency in the Computer Sciences. Whether it’s used for college enrollment fees, trade school technical courses, or for living/traveling/experimental costs while the winner takes an unpaid internship to receive hands-on training, the Infinity anniversary scholarship is hoped to contribute to the next generation of technological advancement and discovery. Details including application information will be available on Infinity’s website at soon.

The entire team at Infinity, Inc. would like to thank the Savannah community, their clients, partners, and friends, for their continued support over the years. To learn more about Infinity, Inc. services and staff, please visit

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Jan. 15 - Sterling Seacrest Partners Inc. Recognized in 2019 Business Insurance

Savannah Business Journal Staff Report

January 15, 2019 - Sterling Seacrest Partners, Inc. has again been recognized in Business Insurance magazine as one of the “Top 100 U.S. Brokers.” The firm ranks #85 (jumping six spots from the last report), with more than $35 million in brokerage revenue. The report ranks brokers according to 2017 brokerage revenue generated by U.S. based clients.

‘We are proud to be moving up the rankings in Business Insurance’s prestigious listing,” said Sterling Seacrest President David Paddison. “The firm’s success is a testament to the hard work of our talented teams across the Southeast.”

“In addition to increasing our brokerage revenue, Sterling Seacrest’s total revenue was up more than 12 percent,” said Doug Rieder, Sterling Seacrest’s Chairman.

Business Insurance is a highly-respected resource for news and information related to the insurance industry. According to their website, the magazine “delivers in-depth analysis on new and emerging risks, case studies of successful programs, market intelligence on trends, and guidance on how to capitalize on opportunities and overcome challenges.”

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Jan. 15 - Georgia Power earns EEI Emergency Recovery Award for restoration efforts following Hurricane Michael

Savannah Business Journal Staff Report

January 15, 2019 - The Edison Electric Institute (EEI) recently presented Georgia Power with the association’s “Emergency Recovery Award” for its power restoration efforts after Hurricane Michael in October 2018.

The Emergency Recovery Award is given to select EEI member companies to recognize their efforts to restore power to customers after service disruptions caused by severe weather conditions or other natural events. The winners are chosen by a panel of judges following an international nomination process. Georgia Power received the award during EEI’s Winter Board and Chief Executives Meeting.

“We are honored to receive EEI’s Emergency Recovery Award recognizing Georgia Power’s dedication to serving our customers. Hurricane Michael was so powerful that some of our communities, especially those in the hardest hit areas of Southwest Georgia, are still feeling its effects,” said Paul Bowers, chairman, president and CEO of Georgia Power. “Thousands of men and women from Georgia Power and assisting utilities worked around the clock and amid tremendous damage to restore power to nearly all impacted customers only four days after the storm swept through the state.”

Georgia Power continuously monitored the path of Hurricane Michael prior to the Category 4 storm entering Georgia. The historic hurricane crossed through the state leaving 422,000 service outages in Georgia Power’s territory, with the hardest hit areas in Southwest Georgia. Hurricane Michael was the third-strongest hurricane to make landfall in the U.S. in modern recorded history.

“The dedication of Georgia Power’s crews to restore service throughout Georgia after Hurricane Michael illustrates our industry’s commitment to customers,” said EEI President Tom Kuhn. “Georgia Power’s crews worked tirelessly in hazardous conditions to quickly and safely restore power. They are truly deserving of this award.”

Georgia Power estimates that damage from Hurricane Michael included:

  • More than 4,800 spans of wire down (or over 220 miles)
  • Approximately 2,000 broken or damaged power poles
  • More than 1,200 fallen trees
  • More than 1,000 transformers damaged

More than 5,800 personnel were mobilized as part of the company’s restoration effort, including support from other Southern Company operating companies and more than a dozen assisting utilities. Responding personnel dedicated over 315,000 hours to the restoration, and service was safely restored to nearly all impacted customers four days after the storm. 

Georgia Power has earned the Emergency Recovery Award seven times since the award’s inception in 1998.

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Jan. 14 - Georgia Power donates $50,000 to St. Vincent de Paul Georgia to provide relief for Georgians impacted by federal government shutdown

Savannah Business Journal Staff Report

January 14, 2019 - The Georgia Power Foundation recently announced a $50,000 donation to St. Vincent de Paul Georgia to help provide support to furloughed and unpaid federal workers and contractors in Georgia impacted by the partial government shutdown.

Through the fund, impacted families can ask for assistance by submitting a request to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Each email request should include the following:

  • requestor’s name
  • contact information (address, email and phone number)
  • brief summary of situation

A St. Vincent de Paul Georgia caseworker will reach out within 24 working hours. Questions regarding assistance through the newly-established fund can also be submitted to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

“At Georgia Power, we believe in helping our neighbors. We understand the shutdown may have affected federal workers, contractors and their families across the state,” said Paul Bowers, Georgia Power Chairman, President and CEO. “We hope this partnership with St. Vincent de Paul Georgia will help provide some peace of mind during this time.”

Georgia Power offers assistance options year-round for families who need help paying their bill. For more on payment arrangements and to learn more about other agencies that offer assistance, visit

St. Vincent de Paul Georgia, respecting the dignity of each person, works to bring hope and help to those in need so they may achieve stability and move toward self-sufficiency. The non-profit organization runs many programs benefitting citizens across the state including Family Support Centers in North and Central Georgia, benefits screenings, direct aid support and more.

Since 1883, Georgia Power has remained steadfast in its mission to improve the same communities it calls home for its customers, employees, neighbors and friends. Through the years, Georgia Power and its employees and retirees have poured themselves into enriching the environment and prosperity of Georgia’s communities.  In fact, the company’s total community impact totaled $21 million last year. Georgia Power and the Georgia Power Foundation, Inc. invested more than $16.2 million in communities and nonprofit organizations across the state. Additionally, Georgia Power employees and retirees donated nearly 150,000 hours in volunteer services – valued at more than $3.5 million.

For more on Georgia Power’s community efforts, visit

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