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Business Buzzz, 1/11/2010

1/11/2010 - Congratulations to The Mansion on Forsyth Park, which received some well-deserved recognition by Condé Nast magazine this month by being named to the Condé Nast Traveler’s Elite 2010 Gold List.  The hotel was featured in the January 2010 issue, marking the fifth consecutive year that The Mansion on Forsyth Park has been included on this elite list of top international properties.

“We’re deeply honored to be included on this leading list of the best hotels around the world,’ said Jeff McLaughlin, general manager at The Mansion on Forsyth Park. The Mansion on Forsyth Park is the only Savannah hotel included on the 2010 Condé Nast Traveler Gold List and one of only a handful of properties in Georgia to earn this distinctive honor.

The hotel is owned and operated by The Kessler Collection in Orlando, which also owns and operates the Bohemian Hotel Savannah Riverfront in Savannah

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Thunderbolt Fire Chief Carl Smith has thrown his hat in the ring to challenge Congressman John Barrow.  Smith, a Republican, appears to have the support so far of Rep. Ron Stephens and Tybee Island Mayor Jason Buelterman. In 1997 and again in 2005, Smith was elected to the Thunderbolt town council.

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The Point South KOA Campground, owned and operated by William and Barbara Olendorf, has been recognized as being among the “best of the best” in the Kampgrounds of America system that includes more than 470 campgrounds in North America.

The Olendorf’s have owned the campground for 26 years and now operate it along with their daughter, Jennifer Mason, a part-owner/manager with the two-generation family business.

Located in Point South, S.C., in Jasper County, near Yemassee, the campground received the 2009 Kampgrounds of America President’s Award at a special ceremony recently at KOA’s Annual International Convention in Houston, Texas.

The KOA President’s Award is unique in the camping industry because winning campgrounds are being recognized by their own campers based on their Kamper Satisfaction Survey results, much in the tradition of KOA founder Dave Drum, who created the first KOA campground on the shores of the Yellowstone River in Billings, Mon., in 1962. Drum was famous for continuously surveying those first campers in order to learn where improvements could be made.
Interestingly, KOA’s annual national convention will be held in Savannah in 2010.


The Hauser Group, owned by Larry Hauser, has been named the agency of record for The Savannah Bank as of December.  While The Hauser Group is headquartered out of Atlanta and no longer has a Savannah office, Hauser, who lives on Wilmington Island, is handling his Savannah market clients from his home here.  

Also in ad agency news, Monroe Marketing, owned by Rick Monroe, has been chosen as agency of record for Wells Fargo Insurance Services’ Savannah operation.

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The “Roy 2010,” Roy Barnes’ campaign for governor, announced that it raised over $2.7 during the last half of 2009.  Over two-thirds of Roy 2010’s donors are first-time contributors to Barnes, according to Roy 2010 Campaign Manager Chris Carpenter.

“Even though he joined the race late, during the last several months, Barnes has visited more than 60 counties throughout Georgia as a part of his listening tour of the state.   He has heard from local officials, teachers, and business and labor leaders about how they want to change the direction of the state and re-establish a clear vision for a better Georgia.  As a result, more than 90 percent of Barnes’ contributors are in-state donors, with more than half of those donors having contributed less than $500,” said Carpenter.

When he started the campaign, Barnes said he would not accept contributions from registered Georgia lobbyists, and “the $2.7 million raised includes no such money,” Carpenter affirmed.

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Congratulations to the management team and board of directors of Union Mission who hosted a dedication ceremony on Jan. 7 to celebrate the opening of its Dutchtown Campus Apartments, located at 9611 Middleground Road.
Dutchtown is a 48-unit apartment complex that will be the home to over 100 men, women and children who were previously homeless in Chatham County, according to Keller Deal, Director of Community Affairs. 
The campus has an onsite health clinic, computer lab and fitness room, and is the first of its kind in the state of Georgia.

The facility is also received the state’s largest allocation to a project of this kind, $5.4 million.

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Working to prepare local students for employment in the future and to gain an understanding of urban planning, the freshman Early College students of the Savannah-Chatham public schools will participate this week in an innovation educational program –  a “box city” activity.

The activity is the culmination of the students’ study of urban planning and architectural features and styles. The students will construct replica domestic and commercial buildings emphasizing specific architectural features and styles and will also learn about zoning and urban planning and place their structures on a model of a city design.

Several members of the Historic Savannah Foundation have volunteered to help facilitate the activity.
For more information about the Early College program, parents can call 912-395-2535.

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