Business

Local unemployment rates spike for May

When it comes to unemployment rates, Fayette and Coweta counties saw a reversal of fortunes in May. Fayette’s rate increased seven-tenths of a point to 6.8 percent while Coweta jumped eight-tenths of a point to 7 percent.

Fayette’s jobless rate in April was 6.1 percent, but that number had climbed to 6.8 percent in May, according to the Ga. Dept. of Labor. Fayette has a workforce of 53,096, with 3,617 people out of work in May.

Fayette’s unemployment rate in May 2013 was 7.3 percent. Read More»

Coweta OK's road abandonment for Fischer Crossing retail expansion

The July 1 vote by the Coweta County Commission to abandon a portion of Wynn’s Pond Road in east Coweta paves the way for the development of the large Fischer Crossing retail development on the northeast quadrant of Fischer Road and Ga. Highway 34.

The measure called for a median cut on Ga. Highway 54 at Wynn’s Pond Road and the installation of a gated cul-de-sac on the west side of the roadway near the retail area for use by residents of the Featherston Fishing Club and emergency vehicles. Read More»

Firm readies aerial help for local movie-making

One of the newest additions to the growing group of vendors at Pinewood Atlanta Studios in west Fayetteville is Go2 Studios and its associate Camera Copters-GA. Pictured from left are Camera Copters-GA aerial coordinator Skip Lam, Go2 Studios executive producer LaTanya Potts, 8-year-old Paul Barth, III and Camera Copters owner and aerial coordinator Paul Barth. Photo/Ben Nelms.

The emergence of Pinewood Atlanta Studios on Fayetteville’s expanded west side continues to bring a variety of new companies to the city. Two of those companies on June 18 provided an up-close look what it takes to film high in the air above an outdoor television or movie set.

Camera Copters-GA had one of its helicopters available for viewing at the Pinewood Production Centre and was joined by representatives of production and distribution company Go2 Studios, one of the new vendors at Pinewood Atlanta. Read More»

Newnan Nissan dealership is now open for business

From left to right are finance director Mark Tumpson,owner Bruce Bean, Nissan of Newnan general manager Lane Crider and Nissan of Union City general manager Sam Ajayi. Photo/Special.

The Atlanta area celebrates its 18th Nissan Dealership and first in Newnan, Ga., when Nissan of Newnan, held its grand opening June 14.

The 39,000 square foot location is the 6th dealership owned by Atlanta-based Automotive Associates of Atlanta and is led by General Manager Lane Crider, a Georgia native who has been selling Nissan automobiles since 1984, back when they were called Datsun. Read More»

Economic hits mount with permit delays for dredging Lake Peachtree

The infamous spillway on Lake Peachtree. Photo/Bonnie Hester.

With Lake Peachtree unusable, August triathlon canceled; uncertainties about Dragon Boat Race

County officials last week announced another potential delay in refilling Lake Peachtree.

The proposed dry dredging of the lake bed will require state and/or federal permits, unlike previously thought, according to County Manager Steve Rapson. This stands to delay the dredging process by at least several months.

The lake has been drained almost completely since February when it was lowered to allow dock and shoreline maintenance ... but in the interim problems were discovered with a cavern that was created underneath the lake’s spillway, threatening its structural integrity. Read More»

Fischer Crossing picks up steam with new deal

File photo of the movie theater at Fischer Crossing. The proposed development would be located north of the theater.

There may finally be some progress with the large Fischer Crossing retail development on the northeast quadrant of Fischer Road and Ga. Highway 34 in east Coweta Read More»

Hollywood Trucks drives into Pinewood partnership

Some of the dozens of trucks operated by Hollywood Trucks for the entertainment industry. This photo is from the company’s website.

The number of vendor companies supporting Fayetteville’s new movie and television industry continues to increase. Among the new arrivals is Louisiana-based Hollywood Trucks, with CEO Andre Champagne announcing May 20 that the company had signed a five-year deal to provide production vehicles to Pinewood Atlanta Studios.

“The Hollywood Trucks team is excited and honored to partner with Pinewood Atlanta Studios, a member of the distinguished Pinewood family. Together we can support filmmaking at the very highest level,” said Champagne in a company press release. Read More»

Niagara bottling plant adds more jobs prior to opening

California-based Niagara Bottling LLC, the nation’s largest private label bottled water supplier, announced in mid-March that it would construct a new 450,000 sq. ft. facility in late 2014 and create 40 initial jobs in Coweta County. Now the company has updated those plans to include two production lines at start-up and expects to create 70 jobs. Read More»

eBreezy moves in on winds of change

eBreezy Media partners Cat Mayville (L) and Peachtree City native Emily Breault have relocated their Atlanta digital media production company to Fayetteville and the Pinewood Production Centre. Photo/Ben Nelms.

One of the new companies helping to populate the emerging landscape at Pinewood Atlanta Studios has made the move from Atlanta to Fayetteville.

eBreezy Media, a full service digital media production company in the entertainment and marketing industries, has opened its office at the Pinewood Production Centre on Sandy Creek Road across the road from the Pinewood Studios complex. Read More»

Movies on the minds of visiting planners

33 attendees of the American Planning Association’s National Conference in Atlanta toured Senoia including Tatiana Yokoyama of Cerritos, California. Pictured on the tour are (front row, from left) Yokoyama, Sandra Parker with the Coweta Co. Planning Dept., Tracy Dunnavant, planning director for the city of Newnan; on the back row, from left are Tavores Edwards, transportation manager for Coweta County and Pete Frisina, director of the Fayette County Community Service Division. Photo/Special.

Coweta, Newnan host planning 'field trip'

Coweta County and the City of Newnan recently partnered to host attendees of the American Planning Association’s National Conference in Atlanta on a daylong tour of Senoia and the new Pinewood Studios facility in Fayette County. The mobile workshop was called “The Walking Dead of Senoia and Pinewood Studios Economic Development Driver.” Read More»