Local Savannah Attorney and Founder of Savannah Film Alliance Launches Southern Gateway Production Services to Meet Growing Demand for Film Industry in Georgia

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Visiting Productions Can Now Access all Necessary Services Under One Roof

(SAVANNAH, GA) Business and entertainment attorney Charles Bowen has announced the formation of Southern Gateway Production Services.

The company’s mission is to ensure a seamless experience for out-of-town producers coming to Savannah to film their projects. Bowen’s overall goal is to continue to build upon Savannah’s stature as one of the country’s most desirable and user-friendly filming locations in ways that will both greatly benefit production companies while also strengthening the relationship between visiting productions and local crew, vendors and service providers.

“The idea came from weeks of strategy sessions with the City of Savannah, the Savannah Area Film Office, local service providers, and the unions and guilds,” said Bowen. “Because of Georgia’s industry-leading tax credit program and Savannah’s additional generous rebate incentive offered by the Savannah Economic Development Authority, inquiries and interest in filming in the Savannah area are at an all-time high. Total local spending on motion pictures and television in Savannah in 2014 was slightly over $18 million. In 2015, that number jumped to nearly $60 million, and 2016 is expected to significantly surpass that figure.”

After going through a significant vetting process, Southern Gateway Production Services became signatory to all IATSE National Term Agreements. IATSE is the union that represents the vast majority of film and television crew. This allows Southern Gateway clients to gain access to the most favorable terms and conditions offered in the industry.

Rather than charging a set fee for access to the National Term Agreements, Southern Gateway will instead allow its clients to simply pay a percentage of their actual savings in an effort to make certain the service is accessible and affordable to film and television productions of all sizes.

Bowen is recognized within the Savannah film community for his formation of the Savannah Film Alliance in 2015. The organization promotes the film community within Savannah and the greater Coastal Empire through advocacy and action via education, outreach and collaboration. As the founder of The Bowen Law Group, he has also developed a reputation as one of Savannah’s most experienced attorneys in entertainment law.

He plans to put that expertise to use at the helm of Southern Gateway Production Services by offering motion picture and television productions access to an array of exclusive services. This not only includes access to the National Term Agreements, but the company will also facilitate production loans, broker the sale of Georgia tax credits, and provide extensive legal services including handling the application process for both the Georgia tax credits and the local incentive. Southern Gateway also serves as a one-stop shop for production companies coming to Savannah by vetting and providing connections and referrals to the full spectrum of local services required by productions at a discounted price.

“My overall objective is to ensure the continued growth and success of the Savannah entertainment industry,” Bowen said. “The film and business community are working hard to make Savannah the premier film destination in the country. I am confident that these new exclusive services provided by Southern Gateway will significantly contribute to the accomplishment of that goal.”

Southern Gateway Production Services is located at 7 East Congress St, Suite 1001. For more information, contact Charles Bowen at cbowen@thebowenlawgroup.com or 912-544-2050.

charles-bowenABOUT CHARLES BOWEN
Based out of Savannah, Charles Bowen is a business attorney who focuses on commercial and entertainment law. Bowen attended Mercer University in Macon, Ga., where he graduated summa cum laude with honors in both psychology and political science. Upon graduating from Georgetown University Law Center in 1995, he moved to Savannah and established a corporate law practice.

Bowen was named “Business Advocate of the Year” in 2015 by the Savannah Morning News. He won the “2016 Helen V. Head Business Leader of the Year Award” presented by the Savannah Area Chamber of Commerce. He also chaired the 24th Annual Kiss-a-Pig campaign on behalf of the American Diabetes Association.

Bowen has received the Martindale-Hubbell® AV® Preeminent™ rating, the highest rating based upon confidential surveys sent to other attorneys. He also has been selected by the members of the State Bar of Georgia as one of Georgia Trend’s 12th Annual Legal Elite in two categories: Business Law and Corporate Law. He is the author of three eBooks.

With panoramic views of the city and the Savannah River, The Bowen Law Group is located on the top floor of the Manger Building at 7 East Congress Street. For more information, call 912.544.2050 or visit http://www.thebowenlawgroup.com. Find The Bowen Law Group on Twitter at @bowenlawgroup.

CONTACT
Charles J. Bowen, Founder
The Bowen Law Group
912-544-2050
cbowen@thebowenlawgroup.com
http://www.thebowenlawgroup.com

MEDIA INQUIRIES
Cynthia Wright
Carriage Trade Public Relations™
Cecilia Russo Marketing
912.856.9075
http://www.carriagetradepr.com 
cynthia.wright@carriagetradepr.com

Ransomware Attacks on the Rise

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jason-ryalsby Jason Ryals, Chief Technology Officer at Speros

In the wake of another hospital falling victim to a ransomware attack, it is more important than ever to be vigilant when online. Ransomware is a type of malware that encrypts your company’s data so you can’t access it, and holds it hostage.

The encryption process doesn’t happen instantly, so you may not know your system is infected for a week or more. Once your system has been taken over, you will get a notice when you try to access your data that demands you pay a ransom in order to get it back.

Prevent Data Compromises
Ransoms can be anywhere from a couple hundred, to tens of thousands of dollars. The Cyber Threat Alliance estimates a total of $18 million in damages from CryptoWall Version 4. By paying the ransom, you are in no way guaranteed to get your data back. We’re talking about cybercriminals after all. The good news is there are measures you can take to protect your company data from being held hostage.

Back Up Your Data
Regularly backing up your data is an important security measure to take in general. In the event ransomware takes over your system, a backup is the only way to recover your data without paying the ransom. In this day and age there is no excuse for not backing up your data. Programs exist to help back up your personal data to the internet, and a good IT company has the capability to create regular backups of your entire server, and store them in a secure, offsite location.

Keep Your Software Current
The most common way people become infected with ransomware is by downloading what appears to be an Adobe Flash or Javascript update. Googling for software updates should never be done. Always download software updates directly from the manufacturer’s website, or enable automatic updates within the program itself. This isn’t fool-proof, however, so when in doubt, consult your managed services provider. They should be handling your system updates for you.

Avoid Phishing Scams
Phishing is a malicious attempt to get access to your personal information or company data by appearing to be a reputable source. Emails can be sent under the guise of a person or business you are familiar with. These emails will ask you to click on a link and input personal information, or download a file onto your computer. Red flags that the email is not legitimate are attachments or links that end in ‘.exe’, ‘.vbs’, and ‘.src’, or receiving an encrypted fax in an email.

Follow Safe Browsing Practices
Keep your browser up-to-date. Whether you use Safari, Chrome, Firefox, or Internet Explorer, if you receive a prompt to update, do so. Browsers are updated to protect you against security vulnerabilities. Also, enable the built-in security features in your browser settings to warn you about websites or images that appear to be malicious in nature.

Do Not Use Unknown Devices
Believe it, or not, people have infected their systems with malware by plugging devices, such as USB drives, they have found into their computers. USB drives are pretty common place, and provide an easy way to share documents with colleagues. But, as we were taught as kids not to take candy from a stranger, if you don’t know where the drive came from, do not plug it into your computer.

Ransomware attacks are becoming more common, with more variants of this type of malware cropping up all the time. By staying informed, setting best practice guidelines for web and email usage in your business, and working closely with your IT company, you can prevent your data from becoming compromised.

Jason Ryals is the Chief Technology Officer at Speros. Ryals’ certifications include VMware Data Center, ADTRAN Technical Support Professional, SonicWALL CSSA&CSSP, Microsoft Certified Enterprise Administrator, Linux & A-plus, Cisco, and IBM AIX Unix based server systems. He has in-depth knowledge on troubleshooting Local Area Networks and Wide Area Networks, routing, VMware and complex software designed data centers, and SD-WAN solutions. For more information, visit http://www.speros.com, call 912-354-8900 or email info@speros.com.

Park Place Outreach Youth Emergency Shelter Announces Annual Gala

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Shelter to Honor Linda Hilts During Festivities

(SAVANNAH, GA) Park Place Outreach – Youth Emergency Shelter has announced it will hold its annual gala “A Celebration of Love” at 6 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 3 at the Plantation Club of the Landings. During the event, the shelter will honor the legacy of longtime director Linda Hilts who will retire later this year after leading the organization for 20 years.

The event, which also will recognize 33 years of love and safety provided by the only local shelter for young people, will feature dinner, a silent auction, a live auction and live entertainment by vocalist Trae Gurley.

Hilts joined Park Place Outreach on Jan. 6, 1997, after serving as the director of Hope House of Savannah and as an employee of Candler Hospital. Her legacy will include the development of several shelter services, including the Street Outreach Program team, which hires teens to be part of the team, and offers mentoring to resident adolescents and provides counseling, clothing and personal care items to teens and young adults, up to age 21, who are in need but might not wish to come to the shelter.

She also spearheaded a major renovation effort in 2008, during which the 24-hour shelter became one of Savannah’s first LEED-certified nonprofit buildings and has since provided a high-quality living and healing environment for children and families, as well as a good working environment for staff.

Since its inception, Park Place Outreach has helped more than 6,200 area young people find emergency shelter and thousands more find stability through its non-residential programs.

Tickets for the gala are $125 apiece or for tables of ten for $1,150. Proceeds from the dinner, silent auction and live auction will benefit Park Place Outreach and the shelter program. Last year’s celebration raised $31,425.

For more information, to buy tickets or to make a donation, please call 912.234.4048 or visit http://www.parkplaceyes.org.

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MORE INFORMATION ON PARK PLACE OUTREACH YOUTH EMERGENCY SHELTER
Park Place Outreach Youth Emergency Shelter, located at 514 E. Henry St., provides support for troubled children and teens in Savannah and the surrounding area. Opened in 1984, the shelter, open 24 hours a day, offers youth, between the ages of 11 and 17, a safe and loving environment. Homeless, abused or runaway teenagers can self-admit themselves into this shelter. The Street Outreach Program team offers mentoring to resident adolescents and provides counseling, clothing and personal care items to teens and young adults up to age 21 that are in need and might not come into the shelter. Whenever possible, the organization’s goal is to keep kids off the street and reunify families. With the generous support of local organizations and individuals, Park Place Outreach has helped more than 6,200 area young people find emergency shelter and thousands more find stability through its non-residential programs. Park Place Outreach is an equal opportunity provider and employer. For more information, visit http://parkplaceyes.org or join the group on Facebook (ParkPlace) and Twitter (@parkplaceyes).

CONTACT
Park Place Outreach
Youth Emergency Shelter
514 E. Henry Street
Savannah, GA. 31401
912-234-4048
Fax 912-651-3621
http://www.parkplaceyes.org

MEDIA CONTACT
Cynthia Wright
Carriage Trade Public Relations™
cynthia.wright@carriagetradepr.com
912.856.9075

Leadership Southeast Announces 2017 Class

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(SOUTHEAST GA) Leadership Southeast Georgia (LSEGA) is pleased to announce 28 program participants from across the region have been selected for the LSEGA class of 2017. The five-month program is designed to equip and empower community leaders to effectively work promoting positive growth while improving the quality of life in the Southeast Georgia Coastal Region.

Beginning in January 1999, leaders representing the business, local government and education communities in 10 southeast Georgia counties set about the difficult task of creating a regional strategic plan for community and economic development.

All of the participants live and work within Bryan, Bulloch, Camden, Chatham, Effingham, Glynn, Liberty, Long, McIntosh and Screven counties, which together are known as Georgia’s Coastal Region.

The members of the LSEGA Class of 2017 are:

Brad Brookshire, Ameris Bank (Bryan)
John Petrino, Georgia Ports Authority (Bryan)
Gary Sanchez, AT&T (Bryan)
Christy Sherman, Richmond Hill CVB (Bryan)
Lori Grice, Lori Grice Photography (Bulloch)
Kendria Lee, Georgia Southern University (Bulloch)
Terry Landreth, Camden Bicycle Center (Camden)
Charles Bowen, The Bowen Law Group (Chatham)
Carol Coppola, Sun Trust (Chatham)
Alfred McGuire, Woodville Tompkins Technical & Career High School (Chatham)
C.A. Miller, C.A. Miller Enterprises (Chatham)
Chris Nowicki, Gulfstream (Chatham)
Lynn Tootle, Gro-Masters (Chatham)
Mike Tucker, Coastal Workforce Services (Chatham)
Mark Wilcox, Seacrest Partners (Chatham)
Jennifer Abshire, Abshire PR (Chatham)
Sheila Burtz, Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems (Effingham)
Phillip Scroggin, Hargray (Effingham)
Ryan Thompson, Thomas & Hutton (Effingham)
Randy Mayfield, Georgia Power (Evans)
Heard Galis, Phillipps Galis Insurance (Glynn)
Christy Jordan, Southeast Georgia Health System (Glynn)
Tonya Miller, Glynn County (Glynn)
Joey Strength, Hunter Maclean (Glynn)
Rick Townsend, College & Career Academy (Glynn)
Chuck Moss, U.S. Army Garrison Fort, Stewart and Hunter Army Airfield (Liberty)
David Southerland, U.S. Army Garrison, Fort Stewart and Hunter Army Airfield (Liberty)
Elise Stafford, Coastal Manor (Long)

“We have almost every county in the region represented, and they are a diverse group from various ages and experience,” said Lee Beckmann, a graduate of LSEGA’s class of 2013 and current vice chair for the 2017 board of directors. Beckmann is also the manager of governmental affairs with the Georgia Ports Authority. “I look forward to working with this group and watching their ideas develop into meaningful projects for our region.”

Participants were nominated by the alumni of the Leadership Southeast Georgia program and by community business leaders in the coastal region. They will each spend one weekend a month in surrounding counties learning about topics that affect the region such as healthcare, education, economic development and transportation.

Georgia Power, A Southern Company, and Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation are the presenting sponsors for this year’s class. Other sponsors include Carriage Trade Public Relations™, Cecilia Russo Marketing, HunterMaclean, Seacrest Partners, Rives Worrell, Savannah Economic Development Authority, Camden County Development Authority, the Savannah Chamber of Commerce and Thomas and Hutton.

For more information, visit http://www.lsega.com/.

ABOUT LEADERSHIP SOUTHEAST GEORGIA
Leadership Southeast Georgia is a 501©3 regional five-month program designed to equip and empower community leaders to effectively work promoting positive growth while improving the quality of life in the Southeast Georgia Coastal region. All of the participants live or work within Bryan, Bulloch, Camden, Chatham, Effingham, Glynn, Liberty, Long, McIntosh and Screven counties. For more information, visit http://www.lsega.com/.

CONTACT
Lee Beckmann
Leadership Southeast Georgia
LBECKMANN@gaports.com

MEDIA CONTACT
Marjorie Young
Carriage Trade PR
marjorie@carriagetradepr.com
912.844.9075
http://www.carriagetradepr.com

Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society Receives $2,300 Donation

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Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society Receives $2,300 Donation

(SAVANNAH, GA) The Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society (LDSS) recently received a $2,300 donation from Schneider Logistics in support of the nonprofit organization’s program and educational endeavors. LDSS is a family support group to benefit people with Down syndrome and their families through a variety of efforts.

“We are very grateful for this generous gift from Schneider Logistics,” said Candy Bogardus, LDSS President. “Having public support, means so much to our organization. These type of unsolicited donations go directly to supporting individuals with Down syndrome and their families in our area.”

Schneider Logistics, located at 250 Grange Road in Port Wentworth, provides a variety of logistics services. For over 80 years, the company has provided truckload services, supply chain management, port logistics, regional services, and much more.

Gifts to LDSS are tax deductible. For more information about LDSS, visit http://www.ldssga.org/.

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MORE ABOUT THE LOWCOUNTRY DOWN SYNDROME SOCIETY
The Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society (LDSS) is a family support group to benefit people with Down syndrome and their families through local leadership, outreach, education, and advocacy to champion and celebrate acceptance and inclusion. Meetings are held every 4th Tuesday of the month, typically with a guest speaker and social time for families to meet and interact with one another. LDSS encourages people to bring their children. LDSS is an affiliate of the National Down Syndrome Society. For more information about LDSS, visit http://www.ldssga.org/. Find LDSS on Twitter at @LowcountryDSS.

CONTACT
Candy Bogardus
Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society
912-728-8505
jcbogardus@gmail.com

MEDIA CONTACT
Cynthia Wright
Carriage Trade PR
cynthia.wright@carriagetradepr.com
912.856.9075

3rd Annual Louise Lauretti Hoops for Horizons Tournament

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(SAVANNAH, GA) The 3rd Annual Louise Lauretti Hoops for Horizons 3 v 3 charity basketball tournament will be held March 4th, 2017 at Savannah Country Day School starting at 9am. The event is open to teams of boys and girls grades 5th through adults. Teams of up to 5 players may register to play. The tournament will be 3 v 3 play with refereed games. Teams are guaranteed 3 games each and will play in age and affinity divisions. Hosted by Savannah Country Day School, tournament clinics will be provided by local legends Larry “Gator” Rivers and Dale Parker. A former Harlem Globetrotter, “Gator” is also a famous Beach High School Alumnus. Parker retired after leading the Hornets to three title games and winning a state championship in 2000 after 18 years of coaching at Savannah Country Day.

The Savannah Championship Free Throw Contest is back at our halftime break at noon! Players of all ages can come out and attempt to sink the most free throws. Players will shoot for the title of champion on March 4th at the tournament. The contest is free to enter, but players must register in advance.

This tournament is named for beloved Horizons teacher Louise Lauretti, who lost her battle with melanoma in 2014. The tournament is an opportunity to bring together players of all ages and abilities, local Savannah Basketball Legends and Horizons supporters to celebrate Louise’s lifelong love of learning and her legacy at Horizons.

For more information, to register your team, sponsor a youth team or sponsor the event visit www.horizonssavannah.org or call 912-961-8854. All proceeds benefit Horizons Savannah.

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ABOUT HORIZONS SAVANNAH
Recognized as one of America’s best summer learning programs, Horizons Savannah at Savannah Country Day School, Bethesda Academy and St. Andrew’s School serves over 200 low-income students each summer. Horizons is a transformative experience for youth in Kindergarten through the 12th grade focused on helping low income students close the achievement gap through academic support and confidence building. For more information, please contact Horizons Savannah Executive Director Christy Edwards at 912-961-8854 or cedwards@savcds.org. You can also visit our website at http://horizonssavannah.org/, check out our Facebook page.

CONTACT
Christy Edwards
Executive Director
912-961-8854
cedwards@savcds.org

Enmarket Announces Fundraiser for The Partnership for a Healthier America to Help End Childhood Obesity

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January Donations Accepted at All 60 Convenience Stores

(SAVANNAH, GA) The Partnership for a Healthier America (PHA) announces the launch of a month-long customer donation campaign with enmarket, a convenience store chain operating in over 60 locations in the U.S. Money raised will go towards supporting PHA’s mission to ensure all kids can grow up at a healthy weight.

Throughout the month of January, customers at any of Enmarket’s convenience stores in Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina can add $1 to purchases at checkout in support of a healthier future for our nation’s children. PHA is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization that works with the private sector and PHA Honorary Chair First Lady Michelle Obama to make healthier choices easier.

“Access to healthy foods is essential for making sure kids live a long, healthy life. This campaign and Enmarket’s commitment to providing healthier options in convenience stores will help us make healthy choices easier for children and families — no matter where they live,” said PHA President and CEO Lawrence A. Soler.

Since partnering with PHA in May 2016, Enmarket has increased the number of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and low-fat and nonfat dairy available in its stores. Additionally, Enmarket works to provide healthier options for Grab and Go items and makes sure healthier options remain affordable.

To find out more about Enmarket’s commitment to making healthier choices easier, please call 912-236-1331 or visit www.enmarket.com.

ABOUT PARTNERSHIP FOR A HEALTHIER AMERICA
The Partnership for a Healthier America (PHA) is devoted to working with the private sector to ensure the health of our nation’s youth by solving the childhood obesity crisis. In 2010, PHA was created in conjunction with – but independent from – First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! effort. PHA is a nonpartisan nonprofit organization that is led by some of the nation’s most respected health and childhood obesity experts. PHA brings together public, private and nonprofit leaders to broker meaningful commitments and develop strategies to end childhood obesity. Most important, PHA ensures that commitments made are commitments kept by working with unbiased, third parties to monitor and publicly report on the progress our partners are making. For more information about PHA, please visit www.aHealthierAmerica.org and follow PHA on Twitter @PHAnews.

ABOUT ENMARKET
Founded as Interstate Stations in 1963 by Robert Demere, Enmark Stations, Inc., which recently rebranded as enmarket, is a family-run business committed to offering its customers top-notch service and superior products. Today, the Savannah-based company, which celebrated its 50-year anniversary in 2013, operates 60 stores in Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina. Enmarket’s mission is to Enrich Life! Stores offer freshly prepared food and healthy snacks, high-quality double filtered gasoline, beverages, lottery services and more. Enmarket customers can save up to $.10 per gallon by using the company’s Cash Card, a reloadable stored-value card that can be used directly at the pump. Coupons, promotions, and a location finder are available on the free mobile app. For more information on enmarket, please call 912-236-1331 or visit www.enmarket.com. Follow enmarket on Twitter at @enmarkenjoy.

CONTACT
Matt Clements
Director of Marketing
enmarket
MClements@enmarkstations.com

CONTACT
Blythe Thomas
Partnership for a Healthier America
Office: 202–864–6053
blthomas@ahealthieramerica.org