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Simon Says: Economic value of your holiday gifts

Dr. Simon Medcalfe, AU Economics Professor “Father Christmas, give us the money Don’t mess around with those silly toys” The Kinks, Father Christmas At this time of gift giving, it is worth considering whether the exchange of presents is efficient. Well at least to an economist it is! Famously, if only in economic circles, Joel Waldfogel in 1993 suggested…

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Film business booming in Augusta as partnership is formed

Because Augusta’s film industry has experienced explosive growth in recent years, Augusta Technical College wants to prepare people to work in that industry. The college has partnered with the Georgia Film Academy and a local company called LLC (see photo above story) to begin offering an 18-hour non-credit film production certification program in January 2022.…

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Local tourism marketing agency celebrates milestone

Destination Augusta, which helps the local tourism and hospitality industries by attracting visitors and promoting the CSRA, celebrated its 25th anniversary in December. Each year, these industries generate more than $1 billion in revenue and support over 20,000 jobs in the Augusta Metropolitan Statistical Area. Much of that revenue comes from visitor spending. “We have achieved…

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The Heart of Mentoring

  Don MacNeil is the former Marketing Director of Windsor Jewelers and long-time on-air radio professional.   Is it just me, or… The Heart of Mentoring This time I’d like to crystallize a thought you’ve probably had too, but perhaps never fully realized. It’s the thing that lies at the heart of mentoring…the priceless gift of permission. Permission?…

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