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Women-Owned Businesses Surge

The more than 40 percent spike was double the national average. Sectors with the most women-owned businesses were repair, maintenance, personal and laundry services, and healthcare and social assistance. The data show that women owned 30 percent of all Georgia businesses in 2007.

Cruise Ships Could Draw 350,000

The first phase of a feasibility study on Savannah cruise ships shows, the initial estimates of number of potential passengers was too low. Officials had been saying, if they built a cruise ship terminal, it could bring the city 250,000 passengers a year. But a more detailed study puts the number at 350,000.

Columbus Courts Pratt-Whitney Jobs

The scheduled closure of two Pratt and Whitney plants in Connecticut could be west Georgia’s gain. Right now, the aerospace parts manufacturer employs more than 450 people at its Columbus plant. Now city officials are stepping-up their efforts to add more jobs in the wake of the Connecticut news.

Neighbors Criticize Coal Plant Plan

The state Environmental Protection Division held a public meeting Tuesday on water use of a proposed coal fired power plant in Washington County. Some residents expressed concern about the plant’s impact on their water supply.

New Data On Lake Lanier’s Impact

Researchers found that recreational spending fell by 92-million dollars in 2008, when the lake had dropped 20 feet. The non-profit 1071 Coalition” spent $180,000 on the independent study to provide hard data on Lake Lanier’s economic importance to North Georgia. Recreational spending on the lake brings in the most money to the region

Georgia Has Gone 4G

Georgia has stepped into the world of 4G. Governor Sonny Perdue and officials with wireless provider Verizon announced the launch of the most current innovation of high-speed wireless access.

Cold Temps Bring Pros & Cons

A cold front from Canada and the Great Lakes means overnight temperatures in the teens and 20’s for the rest of the week.

Work Begins On Jekyll Convention Center

State officials marked the official start of construction on the centerpiece of Jekyll Island's multi-year revitalization project. The Jekyll Island Convention center will cost the state about $50 million. But officials say, that investment will help bring more tourists to the state-run island.

UPS Boosts Package Security

The world’s largest package delivery company is stepping-up security measures for customers mailing packages. The move comes after explosives were discovered on a UPS plane over a month ago.

Construction Set For Army Base

Officials with the US Army Corps of Engineers say, they expect to bring $215 million dollars worth of construction projects onto Fort Stewart and Hunter Army Airfield over the next 12 months. The contracts are expected to provide a boost to the economies of Hinesville and Savannah.

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