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Business Buzzzz, 10/12/2009

Savannah Tire has signed a three-year agreement to be the title sponsor of the Savannah Area Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB) and the Greater Savannah Sports Council’s annual Hockey Classic, according to Trey Cook, COO of Savannah Tire. The popular event will be held at the Savannah Civic Center on Jan. 14-16, 2010, and will be called the Savannah Tire Hockey Classic.


It will be the 12th year of the sports event, and it will expand to a third night with two new teams, The Citadel and University of South Carolina, which will play in a kick-off rivalry game on Thursday, Jan. 14, 2010. Also returning to the ice will be the University of Georgia, Georgia Tech, the University of Florida and Florida State University in the traditional matchups on Friday and Saturday night to battle for the Thrasher Cup. A new event logo has been unveiled to incorporate Savannah Tire as the title sponsor.
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Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort recently won the prestigious 2009 Web Marketing Association Hotel & Lodging Standard of Excellence Award for the ambitious  re-design of the resort’s Web site, according to Bret Martin, vice president of Resort Operations for Greenwood Communities and Resorts, the parent company for Palmetto Dunes.


Palmetto Dunes also recently launched a new marketing tool, an interactive eScrapbook, which enables guests to share their own vacation photos, videos and memories online. The e-scrapbook can be seen at www.palmettodunes.com/hilton-head-resort-blog.php, and it is designed to allow visitors to read, post and share their Hilton Head Island vacation experiences. Visitors are also encouraged to comment on postings, adding to the interactive nature of the e-scrapbook, according to Martin.
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Think you’re good – maybe great – around the barbeque? Registration is still open for Garden City’s Annual Hog Chop BBQ Cook-Off on Oct. 24.  The city has issued a call for entries from individuals and restaurants interested in competing in the Annual Hog Chop BBQ Cook-Off, to be held at the Town Green at the Garden City Town Center, located on Dean Forest Road across from Southbridge.
Registration is free and open to the public. To register, please call Nathan Mai-Lombardo at 912-966-7777.
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Looking to hire college students on the westside or over in Effingham County? Georgia Southern University has created a  Web site called Uloop.com, an online marketplace for Georgia Southern University students. Thousands of GSU students are using Uloop.com to connect with employers for post-graduation and part-time jobs. Posting jobs is free.
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Armstrong Atlantic State University graduate enrollment is up more than 15 percent, according to Francisco Duque, media manager/university relations at AASU.


Preliminary data shows fall enrollment at 7,500 students, an increase of between 5 and 6 percent over last fall’s enrollment of 7,067 students. Graduate enrollment is up in excess of 15 percent at nearly 1,000 students.


“Fall enrollment has been strong across all areas,” said Russ Watjen, AASU associate vice president for enrollment management. “We see significant growth at both the undergraduate and the graduate level. In addition, demand for classes at our Liberty Center campus in Hinesville continues to increase.”
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A representative for Miley Cyrus, and a statement from Disney Studios, have both confirmed the news that the release date for the movie “The Last Song,” filmed on Tybee Island this summer, has been moved from January to April. Industry media sources are reporting that the movie will open Easter weekend, a spring break period, a better date than January for a summer beach-setting movie. Jay Self, director of the Savannah Film Commission, said that they had not received any official word from Disney but had also heard the “industry” news about the date change. “Whenever it opens, it will be good for Savannah and Tybee.  These things change constantly in this business,” said Self.  Cyrus’ representatives are saying that they found a “better release date” than the January one.
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Congratulations to Robertson & Markowitz Advertising and Public Relations, Inc., which celebrated its 19th anniversary as a full-service advertising and public relations agency in September, a big achievement in this downturn, as a number of regional ad agencies have closed their doors.


Since the company first opened in 1990, the  company has served regional, national and international clients, and, in 2008, developed its Web site division, Robmark Interactive.


Founded by Ted Robertson and Lisa Markowitz-Kitchens, both natives of Savannah, the two continue to serve as partners in the company.


Some of their current clients include Critz Inc., Wendy’s, Savannah/Hilton Head International, Savannah International Trade and Convention Center, The Colomer Group, Benedictine Military School, Mike Hostilo Attorney at Law, Savannah Festival and Coastal Harbor Health Systems.
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The Garden City Town Center partners group have “a number of things in the pipeline, but nothing that can be announced yet,” according to Carlton Jones, president of Renaissance Design Build Group, one of the four developers working on a 30-acre commercial tract that abuts the new Garden City City Hall on Dean Forest Rd.


Controversy has arisen regarding the group’s donation of land for a new library branch next to the City Hall.  The group has received approval by the Live Oak Library board for the design contract for the future facility.  The contract was not put out to general bid.


Chatham County Commissioners chair Pete Liakakis has made known that he questions the library board’s approach, but has  taken no official action to overturn the decision.

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