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How to Jump-Start the U.S. Economy
Anti-growth policies continue to frustrate the aspirations of working Americans. The economy is likely growing at less than 2 percent in the second quarter, making prospects for a better job market remote. CNBC
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66 Years Ago This Week, Another Deadly Texas Blast
HOUSTON (AP) -- Texas is no stranger to ammonium nitrate fertilizer explosions. Exactly 66 years ago this week, what remains the nation's worst industrial disaster occurred when a series of explosions rocked the huge waterfront petrochemical complex at Texas City, southeast of Houston and across the bay from Galveston. At least 576 people were killed and 5,000 were injured. Manufacturing.net
Submitted 3 years 37 days ago

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While West, Texas, Burned, Its Famous Czech Bakery Kept the Kolaches Coming
There's a Czech bakery, deli, and gas station combo in tiny West, Texas, that's world-famous for serving up fruit kolaches and hot chubbies to locals and tourists driving on I-35 between Dallas and Austin, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, for the last 29 years. Last night was no exception. In the wake of the massive explosion and fire that rocked a fertilizer plant just three miles down the road, Czech Stop kept its doors open—and the kolaches coming—almost without interruption. Mother Jones
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A Brief History of Our Deadly Addiction to Nitrogen Fertilizer
As investigators and rescuers move through a destroyed fertilizer factory in West, Texas, it makes me think about just what nitrogen fertilizer is, and why we use so much of it. Nitrogen is one of the nutrient elements plants need to grow. Every apple or ear of corn plucked represents nutrients pulled from soil, and for land to remain productive, those nutrients must be replenished. Nitrogen is extremely plentiful—it makes up nearly 80 percent of the air we breathe. But atmospheric nitrogen (N2) is joined together in an extremely tight bond that makes it unusable by plants. Plant-available nitrogen is actually scarce, and for most of agriculture's 10,000-year-old history, the main challenge was figuring out how to cycle usable nitrogen back into the soil. Farmers of yore might not have known the chemistry, but they knew that composting crop waste, animal manure, and even human waste led to better harvests. Mother Jones
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Texas Plant May Not Have Been Inspected in Years, Despite Risks
As the news of the deadly explosion at the West Fertilizer Company plant in West, Texas, has unfolded, journalists and observers wasted no time in wondering if anyone could have seen this catastrophe coming. Mother Jones
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Alabama unemployment rate stays high in March, but for a good reason
MONTGOMERY, Alabama -- Alabama's unemployment rate was stuck at 7.2 percent in March, right where it was in both one month ago in February 2013 and a year ago in March 2012. al.com
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Tech firm scouts Buckhead for HQ
A technology and marketing company plans to establish a regional headquarters in Atlanta, bringing 225 jobs to the city, Atlanta economic development officials said Thursday. Atlantic Journal Constitution
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Virginia’s jobless rate falls to 5.3 percent in March
Virginia’s unemployment rate declined to 5.3 percent in March from 5.6 percent in February, the Virginia Employment Commission reported today. The rate was down from 5.9 percent a year ago in March. Richmond Times-Dispatch
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Natural gas industry experiencing ‘paradigm shift’
There is tremendous upside potential for using liquefied natural gas as a transportation fuel over the next several decades, industry officials were told Friday on the closing day of a mega conference in Houston. The 17th International Conference & Exhibition on Liquefied Natural Gas brought together industry and government officials from around the world to discuss the past, present and future for LNG. Natural gas is an abundant resource in the U.S., and there is increased pressure on the government from firms to be able to convert the resource into LNG and export it to other countries. Fuel Fix
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Site near Miami airport sold for $11M, distribution center planned
An investor from Illinois acquired a 20.5-acre site six blocks north of Miami International Airport and is considering the construction of a 400,000-square-foot distribution center. South Florida Business Journal
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 Top Ten Places in the South for Relocating California Companies

Urban areas have all kinds of assets that are easy to spot. They have the population, so the labor shed is not usually an issue. Urban areas are also connected by better roads, rail and air service and many have river and deep water ports. Usually Internet access and other forms of communication are more efficient in urban areas. And you have a larger array of quality of life options to choose from, such as the cultural assets found in metropolitan areas.
 

 Randle Report - Business News in the South

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By Mike Randle
The belief that "80 percent of all new jobs come from existing business and industry" is an out-of-date, old-fashioned fabrication. I have no idea how it started, where it started, or who said it first, but there are professionals in economic development as well as leaders of government in the South who actually believe that each year, 80 percent (why 80 percent I don't know, either) of all new jobs are created by existing business and industry. I hear it all the time and I just roll my eyes. There is nothing static in economic development but this: 100 percent of all lost jobs come from existing business and industry. That, and of course 100 percent of the time site consultants never pay for a meal.
 

 Business News in the South - Randle Report

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According to Chinese theory, yin is a passive, negative force and yang is an active, positive force. Chinese philosophers believe that the opposing forces aren't really contradictory. Instead, they are interconnected and complimentary, interacting to create a balance in one's life. 
 
 Nashville Mayour Karl Dean
The Annie E. Casey Foundation's KIDS COUNT report was released in the summer quarter. I try to read it every time it comes out since I find it to be the best indicator of child poverty, a statistic everyone involved in economic development needs to be aware of. The Annie E. Casey Foundation is a charity that supports disadvantaged children. 
 


 

 

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