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... And Now, Gas Prices Are About To Become A Big Issue
Just in time for the home-stretch of the Presidential campaign, gas prices are becoming a big story again. Business Insider
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Florida tourism still on record pace
An estimated 22.1 million people visited Florida in the second quarter, keeping the state on pace for another record tourism year. The 1.3 percent visitor gain over 2011 also came as taxable sales for tourism and recreation sectors hit $31.5 billion from January through May, the latest period available, a robust 8.8 percent rise over that same period last year, according to a report Thursday by Visit Florida, the state's tourism marketing agency. Sarasota Herald Tribune
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Missouri utility executive tapped for top job at SC's Berkeley Electric Cooperative
A veteran Missouri utility manager has been tapped to succeed the retiring top executive at Berkeley Electric Cooperative. Dwayne Cartwright plans to start work in Moncks Corner in October. Post-Courier
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SC agency paying off debt
COLUMBIA — South Carolina’s unemployment agency is paying down $106.5 million of its debt to the federal government, leaving a remaining debt of $676 million. Director Abraham Turner says the agency is on track to pay back every dime by October 2015. Business leaders hope the timeline will be shorter, saving employers money because of new state laws that mean fewer people are receiving benefits. The State
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Keystone XL pipeline construction begins amid protests
The Canadian pipeline company TransCanada has quietly begun construction of the southern leg of the controversial Keystone XL pipeline, installing segments near Livingston, Texas, company officials confirmed Thursday. Los Angeles Times
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Recession spurs Chattanooga plastic plant's growth
When shoppers are worried about losing their jobs, they're a lot less likely to spring for the name-brand groceries. So in some ways, the recession has been good for Chattanooga bottle producer Arch Plastics Packaging. Chattanooga Times Free-Press
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About that coal deal with India …
This week’s announcement of a deal to ship about 9 million tons of Appalachian steam coal to power plants in India certainly got a lot of media attention, in part because the story was promoted by the office of Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear, who said of the arrangement: Charleston Gazette
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U.S. fuel demand hits new low; gasoline prices keep rising
Gasoline prices are on the rise even as America’s demand for fuel dropped to the lowest July level since 1995. The tepid economy and fuel-efficient cars pushed America’s petroleum needs below 18.1 million barrels per day last month, down from 18.6 million a year earlier, according to the American Petroleum Institute. Gasoline demand was particularly hard hit, dropping nearly 4 percent compared to July 2011. Fuel Fix
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Two software companies plan Austin expansion
Two software companies — one based in Virginia and the other in Canada — are expanding their Austin operations to be closer to their technology customers here. Austin American Statesman
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EPA regulations likely won’t cause widespread blackouts, GAO finds
New EPA regulations are likely to cause electricity reliability issues , but they won’t be at the level that the industry and Republican officials are claiming, according to a new independent report. Fuel Fix
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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.
 

 Business News in the South - Randle Report

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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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