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Tokyo Company to Create 170 Jobs in Gwinnett Co
Gov. Nathan Deal announced Thursday that Haso USA Inc., a Tokyo-based manufacturer of personal use cleaning products, will create 170 jobs and invest $7 million in in a new location in Peachtree Corners. Haso USA Inc. will lease a 100,000-square-foot building in Peachtree Corners, located at 2850 Northwoods Parkway. The 170 jobs will be in the areas of manufacturing and distribution, with potential for future job creation as the company continues to grow its presence in the U.S. market. coosavalleynews.com
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Huntsman’s $1 billion acquisition may boost job creation, economy in The Woodlands
The Huntsman Corporation, headquartered in The Woodlands, announced a major, $1 billion acquisition Wednesday from Rockwood Holdings, Inc. — an investment that has the potential to pay out the kind of dividends which boost local economic prosperity. yourhoustonnews.com
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Settling the Dust in Arkansas
The Arkansas Senate race continues to be fertile ground for fact-checkers. Sen. Mark Pryor tries to make political hay out of agricultural dust by distorting the facts in a new TV ad, while Republicans manufacture a bogus jobs claim against the Democratic senator. factcheck.org
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The Free-Trade Way to Job Growth
The United States has entered the 64th month of recovery from the trough of the Great Recession. From the labor-market bottom, companies in America have created about 10 million new jobs. But the Census Bureau reported on Sept. 16 that the 2013 median household income of $51,939 was 8% below its pre-recession level. Wall Street Journal
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Manufacturing Plant Construction Boom Creating Jobs
Spending on construction or renovation of factories is up 12 percent in 2014 compared to being virtually flat in 2013, according to Census Bureau figures and a recent article from USA Today. That 12.6 percent surge in spending on nonresidential structures was a big reason for the upward revision of second quarter economic growth. The Commerce Department said the economy expanded at a 4.6 percent annual rate, up from its previous 4.2 percent estimate and the strongest growth in 2 ½ years. forconstructionpros.com
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200 new jobs coming to Opelika as Baxter manufacturing expands facility
OPELIKA, AL -- There are 200 jobs headed to Alabama with the expansion of Baxter International's manufacturing facility. State and local leaders held a groundbreaking ceremony for the new facility in Opelika on Wednesday, a familiar location for announcing good news according to the Governor. "You know, I visit over here more than, I believe, any place in the state of Alabama as far as announcing jobs," said Gov. Robert Bentley. "It's just amazing how many jobs are coming to this area, it's a good place." wsfa.com
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Louisville could see 18,000 new jobs by 2017
When he graduated three years ago from high school, Hugo Blakeman had made top grades, but he knew college wasn't for him. Instead, he signed on as an apprentice machinist at Atlas Machine and Supply in southwestern Jefferson County, learning the intricacies of repairing industrial equipment and attending class on Thursday nights. Courier-Journal
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Swoope: Speeding Up Incentives Could Help Land Apple-Like Firm
Tallahassee, Fl-- Florida may be trying to entice Apple Inc. to build a manufacturing plant in the state. Or a top economic-development leader could just be using the prospect of landing the multinational electronics and technology company to get state lawmakers to allow more leeway on state incentives packages through a program known as the "Quick Action Closing Fund." wtxl.com
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Florida Can Save Money Under the Clean Power Plan
Earlier this summer, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued its draft Clean Power Plan (CPP) standards for cutting carbon pollution from existing, coal-fired power plants in Florida and other states around the country. This plan was greeted with strong support from Floridians, 78% of whom said there should be limits on how much carbon pollution power plants are allowed to emit, 77% of whom said they supported the new EPA rules, and 69% of whom said they wanted an emphasis on renewable energy and energy efficiency — not fossil fuels. cleanenergy.org
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Boeing's Puget Sound Job Cuts Have Unions Questioning Billions in State Tax Breaks
Boeing (BA) plans to move about 2,000 engineering jobs from Washington state to other, lower-cost regions over the next three years. That news, announced Monday, came less than 11 months after state lawmakers approved the most lucrative package of tax incentives in U.S. history—$8.7 billion—so Boeing would keep its new 777X program in the area. Given Boeing’s record of moving jobs to states with lower wages, union members in the Puget Sound area are grumbling that Washington’s political leaders missed a critical chance to tie employment to tax breaks. Businessweek.com
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 Top Ten Places in the South for Relocating California Companies

The America South is home to almost as many residents as the Northeast and the Midwest combined, but even that statistical record is about to be broken. According to a new Census Bureau study that came out in April, 51 percent of the nation's population jump occurred in the South from 2010 to 2013.
 

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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.
 

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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

We try to change up the categories in our annual Ten Top 10s section, but we always include the "Ten People Who Made a Difference" category. This year though, we are honoring 12 and you will learn why by reading about this group of folks who have made a difference in the South. Here is our annual list that includes executives, economic developers and politicians who have made a difference in the South's economy.


 


 

 

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