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Authority honored for excellence

The Brunswick-Glynn County Development Authority was recently awarded the 2017 Excellence in Economic Development Award by the Site Selectors Guild at their 2017 Annual Conference in Tucson, Arizona. The award is judged on four characteristics; two of which are flexibility and creativity in adapting to the needs of the prospect.

Local chef headlines farm fair

Brunswick farmer and chef Matthew Raiford recently took part in the Farmer’s Fair in Blackshear. The owner of the Farmer and Larder restaurant in Brunswick was among a host of speakers at the fair, sponsored by the 100 Black Men of SE Georgia, the U.S. Department of Agriculture and several other groups.

Coastal Pines to host workshop

Coastal Pines Technical College in Brunswick is taking registration for an upcoming organizational skills seminar.

The event will be held from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 3 at the school. Early registration, which is open until April 3, is $74. After that date, registration is $99.

For more information, visit www.coastalpines.edu.

Unemployment rates rise slightly

The Georgia Department of Labor (GDOL) announced today that Metro Brunswick’s unemployment rate in January was 5.8 percent, up five-tenths of a percentage point from 5.3 percent in December.

In January 2016, the rate was also 5.8 percent.

The rate rose as the number of jobs and people in the labor force declined, while the number of new layoffs increased.

The number of jobs decreased by 1,000, or 2.3 percent, to 42,800.

Most of the job losses came in the service industries, such as trade, transportation and warehousinggovernment.