Companies that bring jobs to Georgia on rise

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ATLANTA --- Companies are still interested in moving jobs to Georgia, even during the ongoing recession, according to figures released Tuesday by state industrial recruiters, but the pace has slowed.

The number of individual "projects" -- or businesses announcing plans to locate a factory, warehouse or headquarters -- increased by six from the previous year to 327 during the 12 months ending in June.

But they were smaller, with their total investment decreasing 21 percent and the jobs they are bringing falling by 13 percent, according to the Georgia Department of Economic Development.

Though the department is the state government's industrial-recruiting agency, it doesn't keep track of companies lured by individual communities or industries like retailing and hospitality.

The figures also don't include entertainment, which doubled its spending. The state snagged 26 feature films, 36 television shows, nearly 200 commercials and 36 music videos during the past fiscal year.

Tourism also improved, but by a more modest 2 percent in dollar terms, the department reported. Fewer visitors made the trip here, but those who came spent slightly more.

Spine center opens at Aiken Regional

Aiken Regional Medical Centers held a ceremony Tuesday for its new Joint and Spine Center. The 2,000-square-foot center, located on the fourth floor of the hospital, will be used for rehab of orthopedic and stroke patients who are receiving care at the hospital.

The center will be staffed by Hitchcock Rehab and will offer a centrally located area for rehab at the hospital, with seven therapists and assistants, officials said.


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