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Southern Vidalia farmers turn to prison system for harvest help after immigration crackdown
Relinda Walker still can't believe what she heard. Incredulity seeps into in her slow Southern drawl as she repeats the price – only 60 cents for a pound of organic Vidalia onions. Incredible. CNN
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Georgia Ponders Spending Billions on Roads and Rails
ATLANTA — Some 33,000 people work in the Atlanta neighborhood near Emory University. Besides the school, it is home to a children’s hospital, a senior center, a veterans hospital and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. But the neighborhood has no direct access to the area’s public rail system or to an interstate highway. Stateline
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Rick Scott Shuts Down TB Hospital Amid "Worst Outbreak in 20 Years"
Welcome to Sunshine State: Republican-run since 1998, tea party-controlled since 2010, and fast becoming one of the lowest-service states in the nation. Which helps explain how lawmakers shut down its only tuberculosis clinic last month, just as the worst outbreak of the infectious disease in America's recent history flared up with a vengeance in Jacksonville, Miami, and who knows where else—an outbreak that state and local officials sat on until last month, according to an investigation published by the Palm Beach Post. Mother Jones
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How ‘Ideation’ Is Growing Business in Memphis
City leaders face tremendous pressure to respond to crises quickly and decisively, and they frequently excel at doing just that. "What are we going to do about this?" or "What can we do about this?" are the sort of questions that drive policy. Too rarely, however, do city officials have the time and space to ask, "What should we do about this?" Governing.com
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Bayer to lay off 250 in Institute
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Bayer CropScience informed county officials Monday it would begin laying off nearly half of its Institute workforce beginning in early September. The layoffs are part of the company's planned restructuring and permanent elimination of several units at the Institute facility. It first announced the plans last year. Daily Mail
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Virginia drops to No. 3 among states for doing business
Virginia is no longer the top state for business. The state fell to third place in CNBC's sixth annual listing of the best states in the nation to do business. It had been No. 1 in the 2011 study, beating out Texas. Richmond Times-Dispatch
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Utah rocket company moving to Florida, promising as many as 1,300 jobs
Rocket Crafters Inc., a Utah-based corporation that specializes in hybrid-rocket design and aerospace-composite technologies, said Tuesday it is moving to Titusville, where it hopes to create as many as 1,300 full-time jobs. Orlando Sentinel
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New-home sizes growing again
When developers planned one of the first neighborhoods for Lake Nona's Medical City a few years ago, they saw buyers demanding an urban-style lifestyle, so they started with duplexes, relatively small houses and lots no wider than 50 feet. Orlando Sentinel
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Hilton plans $25M overhaul of Longboat Key resort
LONGBOAT KEY - The owner of the Hilton Longboat Key Beachfront is planning a sweeping redevelopment that will include adding 85 rooms and meeting space to the hotel in a new building. The 102-room resort will be closed for up to a year as demolition and construction on the $25 million project occurs. Sarasota Herald Tribune
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Virginia should see modest job growth in 2012, new study says
Virginia is expected to have "modest" job growth in 2012 and won't reach its pre-recession employment level until next year, according to forecasts in a new report commissioned by the Thomas Jefferson Institute for Public Policy. Richmond Times-Dispatch
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Features & Opinion

 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.
 

 Randle Report - Business News in the South

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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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By Mike Randle
There are numerous factors driving the new industrial revolution in the South. And it is a revolution, as this manufacturing surge that began in 2007 continues to break records year after year in the total number of large, capital intensive projects. One factor, of course, is that reshoring of facilities back to the U.S. continues to grow each year.
 
 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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