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Feb. 12 - B&D's Annual Bar Olympics to take place Feb. 17

Savannah Business Journal Staff Report

February 12, 2020 - Restaurants, bars, coffee shops, etc. from all around Savannah, Pooler and Tybee will form teams of four service industry employees to compete for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place medals. Congress Street bars B&D Burgers, The Rail Pub, Barrelhouse South, Social Club, Boomy's and Molly Macpherson's will host a points-based game, obstacle course and/or relay with the teams competing to claim the $1000 grand prize. 

The event kicks off with an opening ceremony and speech, after which the teams are given their schedule for the four-hour event. Tourists and Savannah locals alike are invited to watch and cheer on their favorite team free of charge as they run up and down Congress Street to compete against each other in various tasks, like tricycle races, real life "quidditch," beer pong, putt putt and more.

This year, B&D is home to a 135-foot inflatable obstacle course as well as an onsite cocktail-making contest, in which competitors will create original cocktails that will be judged on taste, originality and name creativity. First place winners will receive $1000 cash; 2nd place will receive 4 YETI coolers; and third will be rewarded with gift cards from the host bars and swag like Truly coolers and hats.


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Feb. 12 - Final major concrete placement completed inside Vogtle Unit 3 containment

Savannah Business Journal Staff Report

February 12, 2020 - Workers at Georgia Power’s Vogtle 3 & 4 project have completed the final concrete placement inside the Unit 3 containment vessel, which houses the unit’s reactor. Completing this milestone is an important step that allows for the installation of machinery that will be used to load fuel into the unit. 

Last year, the company announced it had ordered the first nuclear fuel load for Unit 3, the first nuclear fuel order to be placed in more than 30 years for a newly-designed reactor in the U.S. Consisting of 157 fuel assemblies with each measuring 14 feet tall, the fuel will eventually be loaded into the Unit 3 reactor vessel to support startup once the reactor begins operating.

A total of 11,700 cubic yards - more than 22,000 tons - of concrete has been placed inside the Unit 3 containment vessel since construction began. In Unit 4, the final concrete placement of the operating deck has been completed, marking the last substantial concrete placement ahead of the containment vessel top lift in the coming months. Since the beginning of the project, more than 680,000 cubic yards of concrete have been placed for the new units, enough to build a sidewalk from Miami to Seattle.

In addition, the project workforce has reached an all-time high with approximately 9,000 workers now on site. With more than 800 permanent jobs available once the units begin operating, Vogtle 3 & 4 is currently the largest jobs-producing construction project in the state of Georgia.

Georgia Power has released a new video of the nation's only new nuclear units currently under construction.  From the removal of four million cubic yards of soil, to historic module and concrete placements, the video includes milestones throughout the project’s history. Once completed, units 3 & 4 are expected to generate enough electricity to power approximately 500,000 homes and businesses.

The company has also released new aerial photos of the site, and a flyover video highlighting the progress being made at the site of the nation’s first new nuclear units in more than 30 years.

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Feb. 6 - Georgia Power to issue credit on February bills

Savannah Business Journal Staff Report

Februayr 6, 2020 - The third of three bill credits associated with the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 will be applied directly to Georgia Power customers’ bills in February 2020. These credits are a result of the reduction in Georgia Power’s federal corporate tax rate from 35% down to 21%.

Georgia Power customers will receive the February credit totaling $106 million based upon energy consumption from May through December 2019. The typical residential customer using an average of 1,000 kilowatt-hours per month would receive a credit of approximately $22 on their February Georgia Power bill. The actual amount of the individual credit will vary based on a customer’s specific energy usage. 

“Over the past two years Georgia Power has passed on the benefits from the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act through direct credits on customers’ bills, and this final bill credit fulfills that commitment,” said Kevin Kastner, vice president of customer services for Georgia Power. “These bill credits are just one way we work to provide the best value to our customers, while continuing to provide the clean, safe, reliable and affordable energy they expect and deserve at rates below the national average.”

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act customer benefits were first approved in March 2018 as part of an agreement with Georgia Public Service Commission (PSC) Staff. When complete, Georgia Power will have provided three separate credits to customers totaling $330 million. The first credit was issued in October 2018, the second credit was applied in June 2019 and this third credit will appear on customer bills this month.

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Feb. 10 - Georgia Barbecue Hall of Fame Accepting Nominations

Savannah Business Journal Staff Report

February 10, 2020 - The Georgia Barbecue Hall of Fame is now accepting public nominations for its inaugural 2020 class.

The Georgia Barbecue Hall of Fame was created to recognize and honor a distinguished and select group of innovators, visionaries, leaders, and luminaries who have made significant contributions to the development and advancement of the art, science, business, or sport of barbecue in the State of Georgia.

Hall of Fame co-founder and Executive Director, Greg Sebastian, explained, “Most people are familiar with the barbecue traditions and history of places like Memphis, Kansas City, Texas, and even the Carolinas, but they might be surprised by the achievements and contributions made by those with connections to Georgia.”

Anyone can submit two nominations per year.  Nominees can include individuals, groups, teams, organizations, businesses, restaurants, or any other entity, including themselves.  “It is time we started to publicly acknowledge those who made barbecue better by cooking, selling, competing, promoting, making equipment, or in numerous other ways,” said Sebastian.

Nomination forms and instructions are available on the organization’s website at  Nominations can be made directly online or forms downloaded and submitted by mail or email.  Nominations received by May 1 are eligible for consideration for induction at the annual ceremony to be held in Macon, Georgia in August.

A Nomination Committee, comprised of a group of individuals selected for their diverse geography, experiences, and knowledge of barbecue will review and evaluate all nominations and present a list of finalist to a Selection Committee for final consideration.

The Georgia Barbecue Hall of Fame is formally recognized as a 501(c)(3) non-profit charitable organization.

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Feb. 6 - Sullivan’s Brewing Company Announces Savannah Launch

Savannah Business Journal Staff Report

February 6, 2020 - The 300-year-old Sullivan’s Brewing Company arrives this week in Savannah, straight from Ireland – just in time for Savannah’s legendary St. Patrick’s Day celebration. Sullivan’s evokes two legendary Irish brewing families, the Sullivans and the Smithwicks, the scions of this legendary brand. It will be available on draft and in cans at bars, restaurants and stores throughout greater Savannah.

Founded in 1702, in Kilkenny, Ireland — a town known as “The Home of Irish Craft Brewing” — Sullivan’s Brewing selected Savannah as one of its first U.S. launch markets due to its deep Irish heritage and vibrant culinary and bar community. The citrusy Irish Gold (5.2% ABV); the classic Black Marble Stout (5.1% ABV), a dark and deep Nitro-Stout with a rich foam, generous malt and coffee notes; and Sullivan’s flagship, Maltings Irish Ale (5% ABV) will be available in the Hostess City. The Maltings Irish Red Ale was named “the best ale on the planet” at the International Brewing Awards, making Sullivan’s the first Irish Brewery to win an International Brewing Award since the competition’s inception over 130 years ago. It is a smooth, ruby and balanced, classic Irish Red Ale, hard to find in the United States. Maltings Irish Ale offers deep flavors from the malt with notes of rich biscuit and caramel.

The brewing team is led by a world-renowned master brewer Ian Hamilton, who prides himself on craftsmanship, quality and innovation. His passion is working to perfect each recipe while adding creative twists that surprise drinkers’ palates. 

“The beer we craft is inspired by traditional Kilkenny recipes and brewed the way the family has always brewed — the way real Irish beer should be brewed — by hand, in small batches, with enormous heart and the best locally-sourced ingredients from Ireland,” Hamilton said. 

The beers are brewed using water filtered through Kilkenny’s limestone foundations for thousands of years, barley grown in Kilkenny’s mineral-rich soil, and a fermentation process that is four times longer than that of large-scale, industrially brewed beers. 


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