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San Antonio business leaders planning trip to explore opportunities in Cuba
Dozens of San Antonio business leaders will soon be heading out to Cuba on a cultural exchange program, but many of them will be keeping one eye open for opportunities in the newly-opened market. San Antonio Business Journal
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Hi-Rez Studios to expand, add 50 Georgia jobs
Gaming developer Hi-Rez Studios will expand its Alpharetta, Ga., headquarters and create 50 new jobs, the Georgia Department of Economic Development announced March 25. Atlanta Business Chronicle
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Southern Conservatives Are High on Legalizing Medical Marijuana
Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal on Friday said he would sign into law a bill that would make the Peach State the 24th to legalize medical marijuana, continuing the rapid expansion of cannabis into the Deep South and underscoring a dramatic shift in pot politics for social conservatives in the U.S.
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Kentucky launches aviation/aerospace study to determine economic impact
Gov. Steve Beshear today signed House Joint Resolution 100, which will study the economic impact of the aerospace/aviation industry in the commonwealth. “The aviation/aerospace industry plays a significant role in Kentucky’s economy,” said Gov. Beshear. “We need to create more public awareness of this thriving industry, as well as more education and training opportunities for employment in this field. These efforts will help ensure that Kentucky develops and maintains the best workforce for aerospace, aviation and manufacturing companies seeking to locate or expand here.” Lane Report
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UPDATE 2-Charter Communications to buy Bright House in $10.4 bln deal
Charter Communications Inc said it would buy Bright House Networks in a $10.4 billion deal as it seeks to expand its cable network after losing out to Comcast Corp in a fight for Time Warner Cable Inc last year. The cable industry has been rapidly consolidating in recent years in a bid to counter the growing popularity of satellite TV and Web-based entrants such as Netflix Inc Reuters
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Reducing Climate Change Would 'Create One Million Jobs'
As the March 31 deadline for countries to submit their proposals for tackling irreversible climate change passes, a new report claims lives could be spared, the climate could be saved from catastrophic and irreversible change, and one million jobs could be created if green policies are initiated. Newsweek
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Another Reason to Promote Social Equity in U.S. Metros: Job Growth
Social equity should be something to work toward for its own sake, but in case public officials needed extra motivation, it's also been tied to prolonged economic growth. A recent report by the International Monetary Fund found that more equitable countries tended to have longer national economic growth spells. Now a new study of U.S. metros by researchers at University of California at Davis finds the same thing holds true at a city level.
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The Private Sector’s Fix for the Public Sector
Agencies struggling with poor morale turned to private-sector business leaders for advice on how to better engage their workforce, during a White House meeting on Friday. Representatives from the Housing and Urban Development and Education departments attended the President’s Management Advisory Board meeting, looking for answers from current and former leaders of Fortune 500 companies. The Fiscal Times
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Leaders Of Indiana Companies 'Deeply Concerned' Over LGBT Discrimination Law
In a letter to Gov. Mike Pence (R) and state Republican leaders on Monday, the CEOs of nine different large companies headquartered in Indiana expressed concern that the state's controversial Religious Freedom Restoration Act would lead to discrimination against employees. Huffington Post
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Going Into Final Four, No Cheers for Indiana
Host city Indianapolis is stealing the spotlight, thanks to the state's controversial new legislation on religious freedom TIME
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Features & Opinion

 Top Ten Places in the South for Relocating California Companies

Just look around at what's happening in the aerospace industry in the American South. Aerospace is really making a move to become one of the region's top two industry sectors. It’s not there yet, but if large project counts are any indication, aerospace may soon challenge the petrochemicals sector as the second largest industry in the region. Never before has the aerospace industry been so important to the South's economy. Oh, what's the No. 1 industry sector in the South? Automotive is, of course. That industry hasn't been challenged much for 25 years in this region, or since we’ve been counting.


 Randle Report - Business News in the South

By Stacy Randle
Demographer Wendell Cox recently analyzed the largest gains in holders of bachelor's and post-graduate degrees between 2007 and 2012 in the 51 metro regions in the U.S. of 1 million residents or more. The results were published in Forbes magazine and the South dominated the ranking.

 Business News in the South - Randle Report

This is our annual "Made in the South" issue and it's timely because there is a new player in the South's manufacturing universe. For almost two decades, economic developers and politicos in the South and the U.S. have been chasing Chinese projects with little or nothing to show. Want proof we've been chasing ghosts in China for years? Okay, go ahead and name a Chinese brand that's made in the South? Tick. . .tick. . .tick. Give up?
 Nashville Mayour Karl Dean
If you have ever seen one of my presentations, then you know about the word "reshoring" and how that phenomenon has lifted the spirits of even the most skeptical Southerners regarding the future of the region's economy. After all, in the last four decades, manufacturing has suffered a bloodletting never before seen in U.S. history. The biggest factor behind the slow and long meltdown that began in the 1990s was the herd mentality to offshore manufacturing capacity to cheaper locales, primarily by U.S.-owned companies.



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