(SAVANNAH, GA / AUGUSTA, GA) The Laney Walker/Bethlehem Revitalization in Augusta, Ga. has received a National Planning Excellence Award from the American Planning Association and Department of Housing and Urban Development. Principals Martin Melaver and Patty McIntosh of Savannah firm Melaver McIntosh oversee strategic positioning, communication and outreach for this pioneering effort to regenerate nearly 1,100acres of Augusta’s urban center.  laneywalkerbethlehem.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2011/12/HUD-AugustaLaneyWalker2013_web.pdf .

(WASHINGTON POST) Ouch! No, you’re not imagining it. Your paycheck just shrank! http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2013/01/11/ouch-no-youre-not-imagining-it-your-paycheck-just-shrunk/  


(SPRINGFIELD, GA) Enmark Stations, Inc. will celebrate the grand opening of its newest location in Springfield, Ga., on Friday, January 18 at 11 a.m. The station, located at 1283 Highway 21 South, is the company’s first store in Springfield. Mayor Barton A. Alderman and several city council members are expected to be on hand for the ribbon cutting. For more information on Enmark Stations, Inc., please call 912-236-1331 or visit    




(SAVANNAH, GA) Former Vice President, Nobel Peace Prize recipient and bestselling author Al Gore will speak at the 2013 Savannah Book Festival on Saturday, February 16 at 10:15 AM at the Trinity United Methodist Church in Telfair Square. www.savannahbookfestival.org 


(FORBES) Why You Should Be On Google Plus (Even Though No One Else Is) http://www.forbes.com/sites/dorieclark/2013/01/04/why-you-should-be-on-google-plus-even-though-no-one-else-is/ 


(SAVANNAH, GA) Renowned jazz pianists Bob Seeley and John Cocuzzi will perform in Savannah on Friday, February 8 at 6 PM at the Plantation Club at The Landings on Skidaway Island. The piano showdown will benefit Park Place Outreach – Youth Emergency Shelter, a temporary shelter and outreach service that serves youth from Savannah and the surrounding area. The evening will also include a silent auction. Tickets are $125 each; for more information or to purchase tickets, donate auction items or reserve a table, please contact Marolyn Overton at 912-598-7358 or Dick Miller at 912-598-5049.

(SCORE) Small Business Owners, mark your calendar for the 4th Thursday of each month, for area experts giving their TOP TEN TIPS on various subjects. First lecture will be "How to get the most from your Social Media",  on Thursday January 24, 2013 from 11:30 – 1pm at 111 East Liberty Street. FREE. RSVP 912.652.4335.  Noah Yaughn, the owner of Arc Media Group will be the speaker.

(SAVANNAH, GA) TICKETS AVAILABLE: The Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society invites Savannah area businesses and groups to participate in the inaugural "Time Starts Now!" Competition, on Wednesday, January 24, 2013 at Benedictine Military School Gym. Teams will compete in "Minute to Win It"-style challenges, building confidence, raising funds and having fun all at the same time. All funds raised will benefit Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society programs and activities. http://www.ldssga.org/time-starts-now.html  


(SAVANNAH, GA) Martin Luther King, Jr. Day kicks off the first round of free entrance days in the National Parks in 2013.  Fort Pulaski National Monument is one of nearly 400 national parks across the country where the park entrance fees will be waived. More information on free entrance days in the National Parks can be found at www.nps.gov/findapark/feefreeparks.htm.


(SAVANNAH, GA) Savannah native Janet Boyden has joined Celia Dunn Sotheby’s International Realty as a REALTOR®/relocation specialist. She will work in the company’s Savannah and Bluffton, S.C., offices. Boyden comes to Celia Dunn Sotheby’s International Realty from Atlanta Fine Homes Sotheby’s International Realty, where she also served as a REALTOR®/relocation specialist. She was named to the Atlanta Board of Realtors Multi-Million Dollar Sales Club for four years. Known for its tradition of integrity, Celia Dunn Sotheby’s International Realty specializes in residential and commercial properties in Savannah and the Low Country of Georgia and South Carolina www.celiadunnsir.com 


(SAVANNAH, GA) Acclaimed Southern artist Laura DiNello has donated one of her signature pieces to the 2013 Savannah Book Festival. The painting will be auctioned during the Festival taking place February 14-17. Most events are free and open to the public. http://www.savannahbookfestival.org/ 


(SAVANNAH, GA) The Coastal Empire Polio Survivors Association will meet Sat., Jan. 26, 10:30am at The Exchange Restaurant on Waters, 6710 Waters Ave. in Savannah. Harvey Varnadoe, RN and polio survivor, will discuss "Pain Management: Part 2." Polio survivors and guests are invited. For information call 912-927-8332 or 843-837-1230 or go to www.coaastalempirepoliosurvivors.org (There is no charge for this meeting.)


(SAVANNAH, GA) It’s time for the 2013 Fast Pitch Competition to help promising local entrepreneurs start new ventures or grow existing ones. Deadline for applications is February 18 at 5 PM, with competition day being March 28th from 8 AM to 4 PM. For more information charisse@thecreativecoast.org or 912.447.8457


(SAVANNAH, GA) St Andrew’s School features alumni in new ad campaign. Dale Holloway ’82 who is employed at Georgia Power and is also the incoming chair for the United Way Campaign this fall is one of the selected alumni.  He has three children at St. Andrew’s and is a member of the school’s Board of Trustees.
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(SAVANNAH, GA) Buy Local Announces January 24th Awards Luncheon at the Pirate’s House. Keynote Speaker will be Ryan Chandler, Vice President of Business Development for the Colonial Group, parent company of several local businesses including Enmark. He will discuss the pivotal role that local businesses play in the local economy. The cost is $20 for members and $30 for non-members, and RSVP’s are required by 5 PM Monday, January 21. Reservations and advanced payment may be made on-line at www.buylocalsavannah.com

(STATESBORO, GA) Goodwill in Statesboro will hold a ribbon cutting for the Grand Opening of the Retail Store and Job Connection Career Center  on Thursday, January 17, 2013 at 9:00am – 10:30am.

(LINKEDIN.COM)  31 Types of Blog Posts for Every Day of the Month http://blog.iacquire.com/2013/01/10/31-types-of-content-for-every-day-of-the-month/?goback=.gde_1943247_member_203570201

(SAVANNAH, GA)  Celia Dunn Sotheby’s International Realty presents 920 East Victory Drive  http://www.celiadunnsir.com/listings/residential/mls-97649-920-east-victory-drive/ This home, often call "The Wedding Cake House" was completely renovated in ’00 while thoughtfully keeping and restoring every historic feature possible. 912-234-3323.



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