Business

Jobless rate on the rise in Fayette and Coweta

Jobless numbers in Fayette and Coweta counties in June continued to go in the wrong direction. Coweta County in June had an unemployment rate of 7.2 percent while the jobless rate in Fayette County was 7.1 percent.

The Ga. Dept. of Labor (DOL) on July 24 announced that the unemployment rate for Fayette in June was 7.1 percent, up from 6.8 percent in May and 6.1 percent in April.

Similarly in Coweta, the June jobless rate was 7.2 percent. That compares to a 7 percent rate in May and a rate of 6.2 percent in April. Read More»

Tractor Supply Co. picks F’ville for its new location

The landscape at Fayetteville Corners on North Glynn Street in Fayetteville, specifically the old Walmart location, will soon have a new look and a new business. Tractor Supply Co. is establishing its first Fayette County location at the site.

Revised elevations for the business were approved July 22 by the Fayetteville Planning and Zoning Commission.

The project will include 31,000 square feet of store space and 6,900 square feet of exterior sales space with an enclosed fence. Plans call for eliminating 35 parking spaces to accommodate an additional fenced area. Read More»

Cost of Fayette Vision: $850K

Fayette County Deputy School Superintendent Sam Sweat (R) and Assistant School Superintendent Terry Oatts (C) meet with Fayette citizens to discuss the vision and future of Fayette’s education system. Photo/Special.

Fayette Visioning Initiative Co-chair Bob Ross revealed two dozen “to-do’s” with a price tag of approximately $850,000 to about 100 residents who attended a climactic vision meeting at the Dolce in Peachtree City last week.

Ross’s presentation outlined the findings and recommendations of the initiative that began last October.

The committee recommends focusing on initiatives in the areas of community, place, education and economy and monitoring 24 areas of progress. Read More»

Fayette offered as pilot test site for driverless vehicles

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Fayette County Commission Chairman Steve Brown wants the county to become a pilot location for autonomous vehicle design and testing.

Brown in a July 24 proposal would have Fayette become Georgia’s first pilot site for testing onboard computer-driven vehicles in live traffic conditions. Read More»

Bowling in PTC?

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On Peachtree City’s horizon: an indoor amusement center featuring competition and recreational bowling lanes, a gaming arcade area, and a sports bar and restaurant.

To be located on Widget Drive off TDK Boulevard inside the Peachtree City industrial park, Thunderzone at the Exchange is asking the Peachtree Planning Commission for conditional zoning approval for its 40,000-plus-square-foot building and 168 parking spaces. Read More»

DOL staging recruitment drive to help Newnan's Niagara plant fill 70 jobs

The Georgia Department of Labor (GDOL) will help Niagara Bottling fill 70 jobs for a new facility under construction in Shenandoah Park in Newnan. When operational later this year, the facility will package and distribute bottled water. The company is the largest supplier of bottled water in the country.

A recruitment event will be held Thursday, July 31, from 4-7 p.m. at the West Georgia Technical College Coweta Campus, 200 Campus Drive in Newnan. Read More»

More than 30K Georgians employed by film, TV work

Ga. Film, Music and Entertainment Office representative Craig Dominey spoke July 14 to a meeting of the Coweta-Fayette Rotary Club. Photo/Special.

Members of the Rotary Club of Coweta-Fayette on July 14 were given a wide-ranging update on Georgia’s film industry by Georgia Film, Music and Entertainment Office Senior Location Specialist Craig Dominey.

Dominey said that “Georgia has production incentives up to a 30 percent tax credit, state of the art infrastructures, highly skilled workforce, diverse shooting locations and direct flights through Hartsfield-Jackson Airport.”

Dominey said Georgia now has eight film and television studio facilities. Read More»

Coweta Chamber unveils its membership drive for July

While most chambers of commerce struggle through their annual membership drive, The Newnan-Coweta Chamber will host a “Membership Event” that is like none other. For two and a half days, over 100 volunteers will work against the clock and against each other to sign up new Chamber members and create a greater community awareness of the important role of the Chamber. The event is organized by Jimmy Cusano and a group called Your Chamber Connection. Read More»

Piedmont-Fayette Hospital affiliates with MD Anderson Cancer Network

‘I don’t think anyone else in the world has this kind of experience’

Piedmont Fayette Hospital has joined Piedmont Atlanta Hospital in becoming Georgia’s only hospitals affiliated with the MD Anderson Cancer Network.

A physician on the front lines of cancer care is Piedmont Cancer Institute oncologist Jonathan Bender, who commented on how the affiliation with MD Anderson has affected best practices and protocols. Read More»

World-class cancer treatment now in Fayette

Exterior photo of Piedmont-Fayette Hospital in Fayetteville. File photo.

Piedmont brings expertise of MD Anderson Cancer Network to Georgia Read More»