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Tech company from the Atlanta area has opened its planned headquarters office in Kenner, LA
The information technology firm 4th Source, which announced in April that it planned to move its headquarters from the Atlanta area to Kenner, has opened its Veterans Memorial Boulevard office, the company and economic development officials announced on Tuesday (Sept. 30). So far 4th Source has 15 employees in place in Kenner, where the office opened in recent weeks. The company expects to locate 320 employees there over the next few years. It builds information technology systems and writes software for corporate clients and has offices in Mexico and elsewhere in the United States. Nola.com
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Home prices rise at slowest pace in two years. Why that’s good news.(+video)
Home prices across the country’s major cities grew at their slowest pace in nearly two years in July, according Case-Shiller's 10- and 20-city home price indices. But for couples with an improving job market, the home price slowdown could help ramp up home purchases later in the year. Christian Science Monitor
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Why Virginia is doing charcuterie right
Richmond, Va.-- Virginia ham — that salty, dry-cured variety of swine — is largely made from industrially raised hogs. Cauthen sources her cured meats (and other artisanal provisions) from pastured, antibiotic- and hormone-free animals. Grist.org
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Millions of good jobs out there-- if you know where to look
Joseph Poole will make more than $100,000 in wages and overtime by the end of the year. The 21-year-old works in what looks like NASA mission control, monitoring the manufacturing process at Chevron Phillips petrochemical plant in Houston. Poole didn't get the job with the engineering degree he originally considered. Instead, Poole landed it with a two-year course at a local community college. USA Today
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USDA shells out for local, organic
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announces $52 million in grants to support local food systems and organic agriculture. Just a sop to critics? Fortune
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Georgia’s Getting Greener
Georgia’s environmental successes – from water conservation in Metro Atlanta and recycling across the carpet industry to solar farms that are becoming as common as peach orchards – are impressive and growing. Thanks to a variety of organizations across the state that measure, report on and educate about our collective environmental impact, we can all find more ways to reduce our footprint. georgiatrend.com
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Rise in Business Spending, Jobs Data Suggest More Growth
WASHINGTON -- New orders for capital goods by U.S. businesses rebounded in August, pointing to underlying strength in the economy. The economic outlook also got a lift from other data Thursday showing only a marginal increase in the number of people filing new claims for unemployment benefits last week. Dailyfinance.com
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UAW gains allies in bid to organize VW in Chattanooga
A United Auto Workers official says the union has taken "a big step" toward gaining representation of Volkswagen's Chattanooga employees and creation of a first-in-the-U.S. works council at the plant. The UAW, VW's global group works council and European union IG Metall have signed a letter of intent to jointly commit to organizing the Chattanooga plant as "a UAW-represented facility" and start the process of forming a works council. Chattanooga Times Free-Press
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Japanese Bank Offers $5 Billion To US For Maglev High-Speed Rail
The specific aim of the $5 billion is to build a high-speed (up to 311 mph) maglev train route between Washington DC and Baltimore. The said route would — quite impressively — cut the travel time between the two cities down to about 15 minutes. Cleantecha.com
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Not even a citrus-based superhero can save orange juice
In an effort to turn around a years-long freefall in the consumption of orange juice, the Florida Department of Citrus recently revamped its mascot (paywall). Instead of a friendly, orange shaped chap, the new Captain Citrus is a heavily muscled Marvel-designed superhero who joins the Avengers to beat up robots in a promotional comic book. QZ.com
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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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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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