Coweta fares well in regional economic study

A report by the University of West Georgia, the “West Georgia Regional Outlook 2011,” shows County in substantially better economic shape, both now and in the near-term future, than most of its regional neighbors.

The Nov. 1 report was authored by The Center for Business and Economic Research and the Dept. of Economics at the Richards College of Business at the University of West Georgia.

The “West Georgia Regional Outlook 2011” reviewed the current economic realities in the west Georgia region that includes Coweta, Carroll, Douglas, Haralson and Paulding counties. Read More»

Support Small Business Saturday Nov. 26

Small Business Saturday will take place Saturday, Nov. 26, the day after what is known as “Black Friday.” The day is designed to drive shoppers to local merchants on one of the busiest shopping weekends of the year. The idea is that if we all “shop small” at our favorite local stores, we will help fuel the economy and make a huge impact. Read More»

Two SANY Crawler Cranes perform twin lift in Texas oilfield

When oilfield services provider 5J Trucking needed to expand its fleet of hoisting equipment, owner Jimmy Frye turned to SANY’s high-end line of crawler cranes. Shortly after taking delivery of his new 50- and 100-ton machines, Mr. Frye put them to the test in October with a twin lift in Texas’ Permian Basin. The pick required lifting the 142-foot, 90,000-pound derrick on the Pioneer 14 oil rig. Read More»

Distribution center brings 108 jobs to Newnan-Coweta

A company that makes sure you get your fast-food orders filled at Chick-fil-A, Arby’s, Burger King and Captain D’s and your sit-down orders at Red Lobster and Olive Garden is setting up shop in the Coweta County Industrial Park, bringing 108 jobs to the Newnan area.

MBM Foodservice — one of the largest privately owned foodservice distributors in the nation, specializing in providing food to more than 25,000 nationally franchised restaurants — will spend $12.6 million to convert a spec building to its needs, according to a news release Thursday from the office of Gov. Nathan Deal. Read More»

Fayette the next Silicon Valley? Don’t laugh . . .

Fayette County the next Silicon Valley? Sound farfetched? Maybe so, but Fayette has been ranked high in a list of 20 “micropolitan” areas identified by Business Insider as a top candidate possessing what the publication says is the right criteria to be poised for a high-tech boom.

The premise of the Oct. 24 story contends that there are millions of budding entrepreneurs outside America’s existing technology centers. But unlike in times past, the spread of broadband Internet access across the United States is paving the way for a different type of entrepreneurial and corporate expansion. Read More»

A week with the 2012 Chevy Volt

A week with the 2012 Chevy Volt

For some people, myself included, the words “electric car,” give an impression of being light instead of heavy and flimsy instead of solid. The idea of plugging a vehicle in, especially in this part of the world, makes one think of a golf cart, which is fun to ride and will get you to a nearby destination, but really isn’t a viable vehicle for anything more than a quick zip around the neighborhood. Read More»

Local electrical contractor keeps a critical connection to Veteran’s Day

Local electrical contractor keeps a critical connection to Veteran’s Day

Veteran’s Day, November 11, marks a significant US Holiday of remembrance. For one Atlanta area small business, Silver Star Electrical Contractors (Silver Star), and its owner, Curtis C. Williamson, a retired Marine, Veteran’s Day holds a special and personal significance. Read More»

Deli meal deal draws overnight PTC crowd

Deli meal deal draws overnight PTC crowd

The newly opened Schlotzsky’s Deli in Peachtree City was offering quite a special deal to their first 50 customers. The first 50 people to purchase a six pack of Cinnabon received free Cinnabon for a year or sandwich, chips and drink for a year.The deal was enough to get some people to camp out at the store starting the night before. Photo/Ben Nelms.

Fayette jobless rate hits high — again

It is a distinction that most people in Fayette County would likely rather avoid. But the unemployment numbers are in for September and they show Fayette hitting a 20-year high in jobless numbers for the second time in four months.

September figures released by the Ga. Dept. of Labor (DOL) showed Fayette’s unemployment rate at 9.3 percent. That figure represents 4,708 people out of work in a workforce of 50,780. Fayette’s unemployment rate was 9 percent in August and 8.3 percent a year ago. Read More»

Tyrone’s Southampton Village sold for $15.2 million

The Southampton Village shopping center on Ga. Highway 74 in Tyrone has a new owner. The shopping center, along with another in metro Greenville, South Carolina, were purchased this week for $15.2 million.

Phillips Edison-ARC Shopping Center REIT, Inc., a publicly registered, non-traded REIT (Real Estate Investment Trust) focusing on acquiring grocery-anchored neighborhood and community shopping centers announced Oct. 17 that it had acquired two shopping centers in Tyrone and Greenville, South Carolina, with a combined 150,243 square feet of space, according to a company press release. Read More»

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