Author: bill dawers

Savannah City Manager finalists, already down to 4

Apparently, one of the final 5 candidates for the Savannah city manager position pulled out of the process. From a press release from the city, here are the bios of the remaining 4 candidates: Wayne Cauthen Wayne Cauthen served as…

Savannah’s city manager search: the plot thickens

I’ll be posting a number of times this weekend about Savannah’s search for a new city manager. We have a weak mayor and council form of city government with a strong city manager — one who is in charge of…

Thoughts on starting a blog

I’ve had all sorts of interesting questions and reactions to this new blog. It’s only been going for 11 days, but there are a few general observations I wanted to make. Several other people have asked about the ease and…

Morning Headlines: harbor deepening, housing, Nathan Deal

A month or so ago, I set up a Google Alert for news articles about harbor deepening issues along the East Coast. It’s clear that politics is playing a big role — and will certainly play a bigger role —…

Transparency needed in Savannah City Manager search

In my City Talk column in Tuesday’s Savannah Morning News, Transparency needed in city manager search, I point out some of the big achievements of the current City Council, including “affordable housing initiatives, domestic partner benefits for city employees, residential…

KidSyc@Brandywine, up and coming hip hop from Savannah

I don’t know how many folks have actually been paying attention — yet, anyway — to the Georgia Lottery All Access Music Search, but the contest has been going on for months now. The Savannah hip hop band KidSyc@Brandywine is…

Homebuyer tax credits: A post mortem

Almost exactly three years ago, in one of my City Talk columns in the Savannah Morning News, I predicted that Savannah area home prices were probably about 30% too high. Some readers who had been closely following my researched columns…

Thinking about chains in our unique downtown

In my City Talk column in the Savannah Morning News today, New Year brings changes to Broughton and Congress Streets, I focus briefly on Fuddruckers, which just closed on Broughton Street. Ever since I’ve been writing this column — over…

Nights of love and loss with American Aquarium

I first heard the Raleigh-based band American Aquarium on March 16, 2009. I remember the date so specifically because that was the night before St. Patrick’s Day, generally the wildest night of the year in Savannah. By mid-evening, downtown was…

Winter Dance Concert at the Savannah Arts Academy

Last night I attended the 2011 Winter Dance Concert at the Savannah Arts Academy. I imagine many hear “Savannah Arts Academy” and assume that it’s a private school. It’s obviously not. The arts magnet high school is one of the…

This morning’s employment report

This morning’s data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics regarding December employment was somewhat worse than expected. I wish I had a dollar for every time economic data over the last few years has been “worse than expected.” Maybe there…

Morning headlines: a brighter outlook, Auburn football, other issues

Here are some things that have caught my eye this a.m.: A post from yesterday on my favorite blog Calculated Risk (chosen by the WSJ as one of the top 10 economics blogs) about the reasons to be optimistic that…

Savannah implements a smoking ban

In my Tuesday Savannah Morning News column this week, Smoking ban comes at tough time, I discuss some of the issues and challenges as the city implements a new smoking ban. The ban affects a variety of different establishments, but…

In memory of Clinton Powell

I don’t remember where or when I first met Clinton Powell, but there’s a pretty fair bet it was eight or nine years ago at The Sentient Bean just south of Forsyth Park here in Savannah. The Bean was brand…