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Thursday, June 30, 2022

National corporation offers jobs with lucrative sign-on bonus

Many companies are dealing with a severe labor shortage, but a national corporation is addressing the shortage by offering local job seekers 2,500 reasons to apply. Verizon is offering sign-on bonuses of up to $2,500 for new retail sales representatives in the Augusta area, according to Communications Manager, Heidi Flato. Employees receive a variety of benefits,…

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German copper recycler makes $340 million investment in Augusta plant but Riverkeeper asks for delay

A new metal recycling plant is slated to start construction this summer in Augusta Corporate Park in South Augusta, but the Savannah Riverkeeper has filed a petition with the Georgia Environmental Protection Division to delay construction and conduct another review of potential pollutants from the plant. Aurubis, based in Germany, announced the project last fall. The…

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Simon Says: Numbers don’t always match the words spoken about them

Dr. Simon Medcalfe, AU Economics Professor I am sometimes a little skeptical of some numbers bandied around by politicians and economic development folks, but I do understand they are cheerleaders and need to present information in the best light. So, it was with interest that I read in Augusta Business Daily last week that Pat Wilson, Commissioner…

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School’s new STEM center will prepare students for the local job market

Imagine a state-of-the-art science center, where students ranging from preschoolers to high school seniors can learn about robotics, virtual reality, and computer science. Augusta Preparatory Day School plans to build that type of center on its campus in Martinez to prepare its students for high-demand careers in science, technology, engineering, and math, according to Derrick Willard. Willard,…

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A new staffing company aims to ease the nursing shortage

The CSRA is experiencing a nursing shortage, thanks to the pandemic and travel nursing, according to Melinda Green. Her new medical staffing agency plans to alleviate that shortage. Green, a certified nursing assistant, and medical technician is co-owner of Essential Supplemental Staffing, which opened on April 7. The agency shares an office with Guardian Angels Care,…

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Simon Says: Covid affects Augusta employment numbers; Georgia jobs grow

Dr. Simon Medcalfe, AU Economics Professor Two years from the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, employment in the Augusta MSA in February 2022 is more than 6,000 jobs below the level in February 2020. Employment in the state of Georgia in February 2022 is 1.2 percent higher than in February 2020. Over the past two years, three…

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