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Aug. 26 - Recycling, Litter, and Commercial Refuse Services Closing at 14 Interchange Court

Savannah Business Journal Staff Report

August 26, 2019 - The City of Savannah Recycling and Litter Services and Commercial Refuse operations located at 14 Interchange Court will be closing. The last day for service at this location is Friday, Aug. 30, 2019. The facility closure is due to ancillary capital projects in conjunction with new Civic Arena/Canal District development.

Alternate recycling drop-off locations are open to Savannah residents and available at the following locations:

  • Bacon Park Transfer Station located at 6400 Skidaway Road
  • Barnes Restaurant located at 5320 Waters Avenue
  • Capital Street Fire Station located at 2235 Capital Street
  • Coffee Bluff Fire Station located at 13710 Coffee Bluff Road
  • Congregation Agudath Achim located at 9 Lee Boulevard
  • Savannah Hilton Head Airport located at 400 Airways Avenue
  • The Dean Forest Landfill located at 1327 Dean Forest Road is available to Savannah residents and paid subscribers from the unincorporated portions of Chatham County.

Valid identification is required at all locations.

The Sanitation Department apologizes for any inconvenience this may cause and thanks the public for its cooperation. For further information, please call 912-651-6579.

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Aug. 26 - Gulfstream Announces Order From National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Savannah Business Journal Staff Report

August 26, 2019 - Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. recently announced that the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has established a contract for a Gulfstream G550™. The aircraft will support NOAA’s weather forecasting and research programs.

“Gulfstream has been providing aircraft to the U.S. government for more than 50 years,” said Mark Burns, president, Gulfstream. “We are proud to continue the partnership with NOAA’s G550. Our aircraft platforms provide government and military customers with the flexibility, range and altitude capabilities perfect for demanding missions.”

The G550 is Gulfstream’s most popular model for special missions and government configurations. With a maximum range of 6,750 nautical miles/12,501 kilometers at its long-range cruise speed of Mach 0.80 and more than 55 speed records, the G550 can reach high altitudes quickly, fly far for long durations and provide good value with better fuel efficiency and lower maintenance costs over other special missions platforms.

Gulfstream has produced special mission aircraft since 1967 for a variety of applications, including head-of-state transport, airborne early warning, ground surveillance, maritime patrol, atmospheric research and aeromedical evacuation. More than 205 Gulfstream aircraft are in service supporting governments and militaries in 40 countries around the world.


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Aug. 16 - Critz Tybee Run Fest To Donate $53,000 to Local Charities Following 2019 Race

Savannah Business Journal Staff Report

August 16, 2019 - Following another successful annual race, Critz Tybee Run Fest recently announced that an estimated $53,000 will be donated to local non-profit organizations that foster education and healthy lifestyles for children and teens. All funds that will make up the donations were raised from sponsorships, advertising, and race entry fees from the 11th Annual Critz Tybee Run Fest held this past February.

After last year’s 10th annual race, Critz Tybee Run Fest celebrated a monumental milestone- having raised and donated more than half a million dollars for children’s non-profit organizations in the Tybee Island/Savannah community since the race’s inception. 

The race’s unique 2-day format, combining 5 races to total a 26.2-mile marathon distance, and race courses that highlight some of Tybee Island’s most historic landmarks attract a large number of supporters and race contestants each year. Races included a 5K, 10K, Half Marathon, 2.8 Mile Beach Run, and 1 Mile race, along with a 1/7 Mile Kiddie Run for the smallest participants. 

For the first time in the race’s history, Critz Tybee Run Fest created a unique t-shirt design for runners that participated in all five races, totaling a full marathon. Those participants now have something to proudly wear to remember their specific 2019 race accomplishments. 

To become part of the 2020 Critz Tybee Run Fest or for more information, please visit the Critz Tybee Run Fest website at

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Aug. 21 - Sterling Seacrest Partners Receives Recognition for Strong Growth in the Insurance Industry

Savannah Business Journal Staff Report

August 21, 2019 - Sterling Seacrest Partners, a top insurance brokerage and consulting firm, has received several new honors in recognition of its growth and achievement. Two industry trade publications, Insurance Journal and Business Insurance, ranked Sterling Seacrest among the nation’s top agencies this month. 

Insurance Journal has ranked Sterling Seacrest Partners as 69th in the “Insurance Journal Top 100 Independent P/C Agencies” list. The Top 100 ranks property and casualty agencies by revenue. 

Business Insurance has released its list of the “100 Largest Brokers of U.S. Businesses” and Sterling Seacrest Partners has made the list again. This year, the firm was ranked as the 77th largest business broker in the U.S. -- up from last year’s ranking of 85. The firm saw an increase in revenue of 12.4 percent over 2018.

“We are excited to be recognized by both Insurance Journal and Business Insurance,” said Sterling Seacrest Partners President David Paddison. “While we are certainly proud of the recognition of our growth, we are even more proud of the associates we are developing and the clients we are serving as they are both the reason we are able to continue building our firm.”

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Aug. 16 - Stay cool, save money as summer heat wave hits Georgia

Savannah Business Journal Staff Report

August 16, 2019 - With a summer heat wave upon Georgia, Georgia Power urges customers to take action to minimize the impact of higher temperatures and increased energy use on electric bills. The company is committed to providing information and choices that give customers the options they need to reduce energy use and save money every day.

Tips, Tools & Resources

Georgia Power offers tips, tools and resources that can help all customers save money and energy during the heat of summer, and throughout the year. Hundreds of easy energy tips, whether you own a home or rent, are available at The website also includes access to a free online energy checkup and a variety of rebates plus incentives for both homes and businesses.

Simple summer tips to save money and energy include setting manual thermostats to 78 degrees in the summer for peak efficiency and make the most of programmable thermostats, which help decrease energy use based on your lifestyle. Also, it’s very important to have your air conditioner professionally serviced now to ensure it's running efficiently. Change filters and trim plants around outside units so they can receive proper air flow.

Additionally, Georgia Power’s My Power Usage program, a free service-connected to Georgia Power online accounts, allows customers to track their daily energy use online, project their monthly bill and stay within a set energy budget. 

Conduct a Rate Plan Review

Georgia Power offers a variety of flexible and customizable rate plans to fit every lifestyle. Ensuring that you are on the most economical rate plan for your use is one of the most effective ways to keep your energy costs low.

Customers can explore Georgia Power rate plans at, including:

  • Smart Usage – This plan can provide savings by implementing small changes in how and when you use electricity. Electric appliances such as clothes dryers, ovens and dishwashers are some of the biggest energy users and, by using these appliances at different times, you can reduce your monthly energy bill.
  • FlatBill® – This plan offers a 12-month fixed contract price that does not fluctuate when your power usage does – eliminating surprises and preventing higher bills during the summer months.  
  • Plug-In Electric Vehicle (PEV) – A great option for electric vehicle (EV) drivers who can charge their EVs during nighttime hours and take advantage of lower-priced energy.  
  • Nights & Weekends – If you can shift when you use electricity during the summer months to the evening, the Nights & Weekends rate is for you. By changing when you wash dishes, do laundry or cool your home, savings add up annually.  
  • PrePay – One of Georgia Power’s newest rate plans, this option allows you to pay as you go and add funds as needed. This plan requires no deposit, credit check or reconnection fees.

Bill Payment Assistance

Georgia Power also offers bill payment assistance. The company works with customers to coordinate payment arrangements and discounts such as the Low-Income Senior Citizens Discount, and can connect them with community organizations that may be able to help them pay their bill including The Salvation Army's Project SHARE program. Additional information is available at or via phone at 888-660-5890.

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