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Gov. Deal pins ‘Deal of Year’ on Pinewood

The group from Fayette County and Pinewood Atlanta Studios accepts the Deal of the Year award from Governor Nathan Deal. Pictured (l-r) Chuck Oddo, Hollis Harris, John Woody, Virginia Gibbs, Phil Smelley, David Deeter, David Barlow, Gov. Nathan Deal, Paul Oddo, Randy Hayes, Jim Pace, Brian Cooper, Steve Brown, Brian Wismer, Emily Poole, Greg Clifton. Photo/Special.

The Georgia Economic Developers Association (GEDA) on Monday presented Pinewood Atlanta Studios and the Fayette County Development Authority (FCDA) with the 2013 Deal of the Year Award in the “Large Community” category.

Gov. Nathan Deal was on hand to recognize company and community representatives at GEDA’s Annual Awards Ceremony held at the Macon Marriott City Center. Read More»

Union Jack flies atop Pinewood soundstage

Union Jack flies atop Pinewood soundstage

It took more than two centuries, but the British Union Jack is flying again on Fayette County soil. That flag, along with the American flag and the job site flag designating the various developers, was hoisted last week to the roof of one of the soundstages at Pinewood Atlanta Studios in a “topping out” ceremony to signify the placement of the tallest portion of the 65-foot building.
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Film & Digital Media Industry Open House moves to Sandy Creek H.S. this Sat.

Film & Digital Media Industry Open House moves to Sandy Creek H.S. this Sat.

A parking shortage at Fayetteville’s Lafayette Education Center has forced the Clayton State University Division of Continuing Education to move its upcoming Film and Digital Media Industry Open House to Sandy Creek High School, 360 Jenkins Rd., Tyrone.

The Open House will still be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 26. The exact location at Sandy Creek High School will be in the school auditorium, which is located inside the main front entrance. Read More»

200 ‘high-paying’ jobs headed to PTC

Rezoning sought for supplier’s plant on part of Panasonic’s 60-acre campus

A supplier for Panasonic North America will be relocating its operation to Peachtree City, bringing an estimated 200 “high-paying” jobs that will be phased in over a period of several years.
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A lot can happen in 2 years: Coweta company moves to larger space

It was less than two years ago that Scottish firm Air Power and Hydraulics selected Newnan to be its entree into the U.S. market. Now the company is expanding its operations in Coweta County to a larger facility and adding up to 10 employees.

“When Air Power Hydraulics decided to enter the US market, the company chose Coweta County as the base of its new operations,” said Coweta County Development Authority President Greg Wright. Read More»

Poacher discards butchered deer beside S. Fayette road

Poacher discards butchered deer beside S. Fayette road

A poacher getting a jump on lawful deer season has left a grisly trophy beside a south Fayette County road: A headless, skinned deer carcass.

An outraged nearby resident emailed photos of the out-of-season kill and asked for more law enforcement in the area.

“A low-life in Fayette County hunts out of season, cuts off antlers [and] hooves and skins the carcass and then dumps it on the side of the road for the vultures and the game warden to find,” the resident said.

The Citizen emailed him and asked for more details:

Has this been reported to a law enforcement agency?

“No.” Read More»

Employment improving in Fayette, Coweta

Employment improving in Fayette, Coweta

The unemployment rate in Fayette and Coweta counties took a turn for the better in August, with Fayette’s jobless rate falling nearly half a point to 7.3 percent and Coweta’s rate dropping nearly three-quarters of a point to 7.7 percent.

The jobless rate in Fayette in August was 7.3 percent, down from 7.7 percent in July and down from 8 percent a year ago. There are 53,614 people in Fayette County’s workforce and in July, 3,929 of those were without work, according to the Ga. Dept. of Labor. Read More»

F’ville’s 1st film: $150 million-plus blockbuster

Sign in front of Pinewood Atlanta Studios on Sandy Creek Road. Soundstages are in the background. Photo/Ben Nelms.

A “large blockbuster film” costing between $150 million and $200 million will be the first production to get underway in the new year at the Pinewood Atlanta Studios in Fayetteville, according to Vice President of Operations Brian Cooper.
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Fayette Chamber invites community to 23rd Expo

A wide range of county businesses will be displaying their wares and services next Tuesday at the Fayette Chamber’s 23rd Annual Community Expo.

The Sept. 17 Expo — from 3 to 7 p.m. — is in a new location, New Hope Baptist Church-South Campus, located at 1563 Joel Cowan Parkway, near the intersection of Georgia Highways 74 and 85, south of the Starr’s Mill schools complex. Admission is free.

In addition to more than 100 exhibitors representing some of the best businesses and organizations in Fayette County, visitors can expect to find a wide variety of opportunities. Read More»

F’ville movie studio will help PTC revenue

Matt Forshee, president of the Fayette County Development Authority, in a file photo from February 2013.

No word yet on first production planned for Pinewood Atlanta Studios

The Pinewood Atlanta Studios may be on the new western border of Fayetteville, but Peachtree City should see a significant financial windfall from the production of movies there.

It’s estimated that the city will see an annual bump of between $400,000 to $500,000 a year in its regular sales tax collections alone.

Fayette County Development Authority President Matt Forshee, in a presentation to the Peachtree City Council Thursday, said the studio will need to purchase raw materials to construct sets, which is where most of the sales tax increase will come from. Read More»

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