Business

2011 a good year for business in Coweta

Recession or not, 2011 was a good year for economic development in Coweta County. Coweta County Development Authority President Greg Wright said the county added nearly 1,000 jobs last year and is poised for even better days ahead.

Wright in the organization’s January publication reviewed a number of the significant economic development strides that came in 2011 and referenced the recent West Georgia Regional Outlook meeting where it was noted that Coweta was the only county in the region to add jobs during 2011. In all there were nearly 1,000 jobs added to the Coweta economy during the year, said Wright.

One of last year’s business developments was the expansion at Chromalloy in the Shenandoah Industrial Park. The company announced the creation of 125 jobs after adding a gas turbine engine service capability at the facility. Read More»

‘Car of the future’ roaming PTC

And you thought ordering your phone around was a big deal.

Turns out the next big thing will be bossing your car around too. And work is underway in Peachtree City to make that happen, in a partnership between Panasonic and AT&T. Read More»

New Piedmont Newnan facility to bring increased economic impact

The new Piedmont Newnan replacement hospital located on Poplar Road will be opening in the coming months. And with that opening will be an increase in the facility’s economic impact, both at the hospital and throughout the Coweta County community. Read More»

Local connections drive Geeslin Group

Dale Geeslin and office manager Glenda Hicks at The Geeslin Group’s office in Peachtree City. Photo/Sandy Hart.

Dale Geeslin is good with numbers. More than that, he likes them. While some people’s eyes glaze over at the prospect of taxes, audits, legal proceedings or filling out paperwork, Geeslin finds it interesting. He can appreciate the details and the minutiae, but he also sees the people behind the forms, the clients who placed their trust in him and his company to see them through what can be a tough time.

“I think one of the keys to my success is that I develop good relationships with my clients,” Geeslin said. “I can see the impact that I have made helping people.” Read More»

Turning Bullish in 2012

By Virginia Gibbs
President & CEO – Fayette Chamber of Commerce

Happy 2012! There are some bright spots on the business horizon, and some hints of optimism that 2012 will begin to provide some much needed relief to this seemingly endless recession. Read More»

YP Fayette pairs local mentors with young professionals, makes leadership the 2012 priority

The Young Professionals of Fayette County (YP Fayette) had a Lunch with a Leader program at Baci Italian Cuisine in Fayetteville last Thursday. From left are Adalene Holly, The Harbin Agency; Kerry Kohnen, President Kaiser Permanente; Ellie White Stevens, Marketing Guru; Trey Ragsdale Kaiser Permanente.

YP Fayette (Young Professionals of Fayette County) started the new year focusing on Leadership. On Thursday, January 5, the first Lunch with a Leader featured Kerry Kohnen, President of Kaiser Permanente of Georgia. Kohnen inspired young professionals through personal testimony, career insight, and a tour of the Kaiser Permanente Fayetteville location.

Kohnen shared that it was important to “never set the bar too low.” Through personal stories, he made suggestions for how to live with career and life balance, and he touted the importance of mentorship. Read More»

PTC OK's road sale for senior apartments

To create more breathing room for a new senior apartment complex, the Peachtree City Council agreed Thursday to sell the cul-de-sac and a bit more of the road at the end of Newgate Road.

NorSouth will pay the city $75,000 for the .43-acre parcel and will also pay all other costs associated with the city abandoning the road, according to city staff.

The land was not necessary for the apartment complex, but it will help improve the design by freeing up more greenspace on the site, NorSouth representatives have said. Read More»

Jobless rates fall again in Coweta, Newnan

Coweta County saw a significant drop in unemployment to 8.8 percent in November but it was Newnan that saw the jobless rate fall nearly a full percentage point to 10.2 percent.

The unemployment picture in Coweta got a bit brighter in November with jobless numbers falling half a percentage point to 8.8 percent. That compares to a 9.3 percent rate in October and 9.6 percent in November 2010.

Coweta County has a workforce of 60,564 of which 5,317 are out of work. Read More»

Atlanta Trek donates bikes, helmets to military families

The Atlanta Trek store in Kedron Village in Peachtree City last week donated 10 bicycles and 10 helmets to Operation Homefront, an organization that assists military families. On hand for the Christmas donation were store employees (from left) Mark Born, Ian Buchanan, Darwin Johnson, Ryan Waller and David Turbyfield along with Operation Homefront Georgia Director Mike Patellis and Atlant Trek owner Willard Hair. Photo/Ben Nelms.

It was something Willard Hair and the employees at Atlanta Trek Bicycles in Peachtree City thought would make a difference at Christmas. The bicycle store at Kedron Village Shopping Center last week donated 10 bicycles and 10 bike helmets to Operation Homefront to be distributed to the families of service members.

Hair said he got the idea for the donation after hearing a college student on the radio about two weeks ago saying she did not support the troops or the war. Read More»

Tax revenues to get boost from $60M plant expansion in PTC

The new oil refinery that’s under construction at Universal Environmental Services in the Peachtree City industrial park represents a $60 million investment on behalf of the company. Read More»