Tag: Savannah

As 2011 Ends, So Does Production of Gulfstream G200

This year ends the 14-year production run of Gulfstream’s mid-size business jet, the G200. The mid-sized cabin jet will be replaced by the large-cabin G280 in 2012. Savannah Now has the complete story. Below is an excerpt:

The G200 set the standard for the new super mid-size category and quickly established an important market niche. It

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became a mainstay aircraft for NetJets and many corporate operators. It also opened new markets for Gulfstream in China, Brazil and other emerging economies.

“The G200 took the basic cabin dimensions of a large-cabin aircraft and made them available to a broader market by offering a shortened, eight- to 10-place, two-seating-area layout with solid transcontinental U.S. range,” said Stan Dixon, vice president of mid-cabin programs for Gulfstream.

“It led the category for its time, as will the G280 going into the future.”

The G280 offers the largest cabin and the longest range at the fastest speed in its class. The business jet is capable of traveling 3,600 nautical miles at Mach 0.80 and has a maximum operating speed of Mach 0.85.

Two hundred fifty of the G200s were manufactured. The planes have had a dispatch reliability rate of over 99 percent.

Gulfstream Aerospace is headquartered in Savannah and has eight other US locations, including Brunswick, Georgia, along with locations in London, England, and Mexicali, Mexico.

H/T to Baker at That’s Just Peachy.

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SC environmental agency, Corps of Engineers compromise on Savannah deepening

The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control reversed a September denial by its staff of a Corps of Engineers proposal to dredge the Savannah River and deepen the river channel to the Port of Savannah.

[The compromise] includes Georgia’s promise to pay for upkeep on devices the Corps will install to inject oxygen into the river, and agreeing to preserve an additional 1,500 acres of marsh.

The board rejected the Southern Environmental Law Center’s request that three environmental groups be allowed to intervene.

All is not peachy, however, between the two states:

S.C. State Sen. Larry Grooms said he’ll push the quasi-governmental Savannah River Maritime Commission, which represents South Carolina’s interests on the river, to challenge the permit at the group’s December meeting. Grooms will also request that the S.C. Department of Natural Resources challenge DHEC’s decision.

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Savannah Awarded World Trade Center Designation

The Savannah Morning News reports that the Savannah Economic Development Authority has been awarded a license to form a World Trade Center. The announcement was made Sunday in Sao Paulo, Brazil, by the World Trade Center Association. From the story:

Representing the new World Trade Center Savannah in Sao Paulo were SEDA board chairman Tommy Hester, board member Eric Johnson, SEDA vice president Brynn Grant and consultant Kevin Werntz.

“This was just approved (Sunday) and the connections we are already making are amazing,” Hester said Monday. “The World Trade Center people are so open and anxious to establish relationships. We’re developing new Asian and South American contacts — Brazil alone is a booming economy.

“This affiliation will be so good for us. It really puts Savannah on the world stage.”

As a World Trade Center, Savannah is now one of more than 330 such centers in nearly 100 countries, all working to help businesses conduct profitable international trade.

This designation is a good development for the entire state. Savannah’s new foreign connections should help bring many additional business opportunities, particularly in job-deprived South Georgia.

Congratulations to Savannah. Now, if we can just gain access to the port of Savannah for the larger freighters.

#PANIC: Eric Johnson endorses a Democrat in Savannah mayoral race

Eric Johnson, former State Senator and GOP candidate for Governor, has endorsed a Democrat over the Republican-backed candidate in the Savannah mayoral race:

Eric Johnson — perhaps Chatham County’s most prominent Republican — is supporting Democrat Edna Jackson for mayor of Savannah.

Johnson, former state Senate president pro tem, is doing so even as local GOP chairman Carl Smith and other party activists back fellow Republican Ellis Cook.

Jackson, mayor pro tem, received one of the top three annual awards bestowed by the Chatham County Democratic Committee in 2002 and 2007.

Although city elections are officially non-partisan, no Republican has been elected mayor of Savannah since 1991. Four of this year’s six candidates are avowed Democrats.

So far, Jackson leads the field in campaign contributions and widely is considered the frontrunner in the Nov. 8 election.

Johnson, who ran third last year in a seven-way race for the GOP gubernatorial nomination, was effusive in his praise for her.

“I believe Edna brings a unique resume to this election,” he said. “She has critical recent experience on City Council. She has a detailed platform that will allow Savannah to create jobs and improve the economic environment.

“And Edna has the ability to blend the old with the new — to merge the existing city’s leadership structure with new ideas and a needed partnership with the business community.”

Johnson, one of the nicer and more straightforward politicians I’ve met, has not been shy to lend a hand to the occasional Democrat — particularly when it comes to those willing to break ranks with party on the issue of school choice.

Plan to instill more reliance on government just about ready in Savannah

Comrade Mayor Otis Johnson down in Savannah is pleased to introduce yet another level of government intervention…now everything will be fixed!

A plan to provide comprehensive cradle to college support and services in Savannah’s chronically low-income areas will be presented at Mayor Otis Johnson’s Town Hall meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Savannah Civic Center.

The Savannah-Chatham Youth Futures Authority is heading the effort to qualify for one of 20 Promise Neighborhood planning grants pledged by President Barack Obama.

Emphasis mine. Details here. It’s all based on this proposal from POTUS:

Obama and Biden will create 20 Promise Neighborhoods in areas that have high levels of poverty and crime and low levels of student academic achievement in cities across the nation. The Promise Neighborhoods will be modeled after the Harlem Children’s Zone, which provides a full network of services, including early childhood education, youth violence prevention efforts and after-school activities, to an entire neighborhood from birth to college.

Now if Mayor Johnson could just tell us what kinds of food to eat. Wait, that’s making it’s way down the pike, too. Nothing to worry about now for the rest of our lives! Behold the awesome power of government: the state-legislated Chatham-Savannah Youth Futures Authority (where the Mayor used to be Executive Director)…what would we do without ’em!

You’re An Educator In Need Of A Job? Savannah Just Created A Lot Of Openings

The Savannah-Chatham School District has informed the entire staff of Beach High School that they will not be returning to the failing school next year. From the AP via the AJC:

A failing Savannah high school is firing its entire staff in an effort to avoid further sanctions from the state and to make the school eligible for up to $6 million in federal money, officials said Thursday.

The 200 employees at Beach High School — including the principal — will work there through the end of the year but will not be rehired for that school, said Karla Redditte, spokeswoman for the Savannah-Chatham County school district.

The teachers can reapply for their jobs but only half can be rehired under federal education law, she said. Staff can also apply for other jobs in the school district.

While many Republicans (and Democrats) look at No Child Left Behind as a total anathema, I can’t say I remember ever seeing anything like this prior to it.

But, for the record, I still believe schools are best served under local control, with a majority of local funding. Yet I still can’t help but wonder if the locals would care how long the school failed with the existing staff if it weren’t for the lure of $6 Million in additional funds.

Eric Johnson Opens Savannah Office

from his press release:

SAVANNAH — Senator Eric Johnson, Republican candidate for Governor, today opened his Savannah campaign office at 329 Commercial Drive in Savannah. The office will initially be open from 10 AM – 3 PM Monday through Saturday and serve as the hub for political efforts in Southeast Georgia.

“For 17 years you allowed me to represent you and for that I am incredibly grateful. Together, we fought for strong families, smaller government and free enterprise,” Johnson told local supporters that joined him in his hometown for the opening. “But there is more work to be done. That’s why I’m running to be Georgia’s 82nd Governor.”

Johnson also spoke about his commitment to putting Georgia back to work and his plan to spur private sector job creation.

“Don’t let anybody tell us that our best days are behind us. With the right leadership, Georgia can emerge out of this recession faster than the rest of the nation and be stronger than ever before,” continued Johnson. “And folks, I’m just the guy to do it.”

An architect and a respected conservative leader, Eric Johnson served as President Pro Tempore of the Georgia State Senate. In that role, he passed legislation that cut taxes and spending, empowered small businesses, and protected doctors and businesses from frivolous lawsuits. He and his wife Kathryn have two grown children and live in Savannah. For more information please visit www.JohnsonForGeorgians.com.

Lower the gangway…in Savannah?

Savannah is looking to expand its already considerable credentials when it comes to tourism by looking into having cruise ships visit Georgia’s First City.

City Alderman Tony Thomas (who is still alive) is leading the effort to ask the General Assembly to fund a study into cruise ships for the city’s famed waterfront.

“When you look at the potential of thousands of people coming to the city, I think all of that adds into entrepreneurial business and job creation,” Thomas says.

More from those good folks over at Georgia Public Broadcasting.

Outsourcing Government and eliminating partisanship?

I haven’t posted anything of merit lately on the front page mainly because, as some may know, I have been preoccupied with the health of my mom.  This past September my mom was diagnosed with a brain tumor known as a glioblastoma.  Since the conclusion of the McCain Palin campaign I have been home in Savannah taking care of her except for a trip to Atlanta to excercise my vote as a member of the Electoral College. 

Secondly, there really  hasn’t been anything worth taking the time to rattle the front pages of Peach Pundit.  However, that changed when I read today’s paper.  Two items in today’s Savannah Morning News really shocked me. 

First, the Chatham Area Transit Authority, which is essentially the County Commissioners of Chatham County, are proposing outsourcing transit management to a French Company.    I cannot believe that in all of the entire United States of America there isn’t a company that can manage the Chatham Area Transit (CAT) system.  This is bad policy plain and simple. 

Secondly, Representative Buddy Carter, a candidate for State Senate District One, has proposed local legislation to eliminate partisan elections in Chatham County for most elected offices.   This is bad legislation being put forward by a normally sensible legislator who is poised to have a clear path to a Senate seat.  I have to agree with Senator Eric Johnson, who stated, ” I’d prefer to let voters decide via a constitutional amendment rather than letting partisan legislators make the decision.”  If this bill makes it far enough, hopefully legislators in Atlanta will vote down this attempt to protect incumbents at the cost of political transparency.