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Ryan Gosling, Russell Crowe to film in Atlanta
Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe will team up for “The Nice Guys,” which will be set in 1970s Los Angeles and will do some filming in Atlanta. Atlanta Journal Constitution
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San Antonio billionaires rank among the richest in the U.S.
Three San Antonians are among the richest Americans, according to the Forbes 400 list of The Richest People in America 2014. Charles Butt, 76, chairman of H.E.Butt Grocery Co., ranked 47th overall and fifth in Texas with an estimated net worth of $9.8 billion. San Antonio Business Journal
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American Made: the new manufacturing landscape
Rochester, N.Y., was once the imaging capital of the world, home to Kodak, Xerox and the eye care company, Bausch + Lomb. Led by these companies, the manufacturing sector once employed 60 percent of Rochester's workforce. Now, that's less than 10 percent. And so, like many cities in this country, Rochester is trying to build something new from its manufacturing heritage. If you want to understand the story of Rochester, says historian Carolyn Vacca, you need to come to High Falls, where from a bridge visitors see a waterfall and a panoramic view of downtown. "We are in the heart of what was the center of Rochester, historically, and is still, somewhat, today," she says. NPR
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'Gray is gold' in Florida, report says
Older Floridians have a major impact on the state’s economy. A new report from AARP shows Floridians ages 50 and older make up 38 percent of the state’s population, but generate 54 percent of the state’s economic output. Additionally, they pay 67 percent of state and local taxes and account for 58 percent of total consumer spending. Tampa Bay Business Journal
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Commercial Property Filling Up in Northwest Arkansas
Experts think the commercial real estate market in northwest Arkansas is returning to normal; those who make their living in the industry agree. And they like the new normal. Vacancy rates for commercial space dropped nearly 2 percent in the first half of 2014 compared with the second half of 2013, according to Arvest Bank’s Skyline Report, which was released in early September. The report, which covers Benton and Washington counties, was put together by researchers with the Center for Business & Economic Research at the University of Arkansas’ Walton College. aransasbusiness.com
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If Arkansas Goes Wet, ABC Has Plan
If Arkansans vote in November to open up the entire state to alcohol sales for the first time since the mid-1930s — and that remains a fairly big if — the man in charge of implementing the new order has a plan. arkansasbusiness.com
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What are the best gameday rides? Two Alabama-made vehicles named top tailgaters
Two vehicles produced at Honda's Alabama plant have been recognized for their gameday utility. AL.com
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Why Vinik's plan for downtown could lift all of Tampa Bay
No matter where you live and work in Tampa Bay, even if you never go near downtown Tampa or the Channel district, the magnitude of Jeff Vinik's plans for the area will almost certainly affect you. Vinik, owner of the Tampa Bay Lightning, has formed a partnership for the development of his downtown real estate holdings with Cascade Investment LLC, which is controlled by Microsoft founder Bill Gates. The plans for Vinik's real estate — about 25 acres plus the ground lease on Channelside Bay Plaza — is potentially a "billion dollar" deal, Lightning CEO Tod Leiweke said Thursday. The potential ripple effects are huge: Leiweke said Vinik and the team he's put together intend to join economic development efforts to attract more corporate headquarters to Tampa, hoping to lure more high wage jobs to the city. Tampa Bay Business Journal
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5 things to know about Vinik's plans (backed by Bill Gates) for downtown Tampa
Here are the key takeaways from Thursday's news that Bill Gates will back a potentially billion dollar development project led by Jeff Vinik. Cascade Investment LLC's backing of Jeff Vinik's plans for downtown Tampa is a huge endorsement of Tampa's urban core. Cascade is controlled by Microsoft founder Bill Gates. Here are five things to know about the news that Tampa Bay Lightning CEO Tod Leiweke shared with reporters in his office on Thursday afternoon: Tampa Bay Business Journal
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Bill Gates backing Vinik's 'billion-dollar' development plan in downtown Tampa
The investment firm controlled by Microsoft founder Bill Gates is backing Tampa Bay Lightning Jeff Vinik’s plans for a “potentially billion dollar” development of the land he owns in downtown Tampa. Tampa Bay Lightning CEO Tod Leiweke, speaking to a small group of reporters in his office in Amalie Arena Thursday, said Vinik has signed a deal with Gates’ Cascade Investment LLC. Leiweke declined to give specifics of the partnership, and said that Vinik has not met Gates. Vinik will continue to be the face of the deal and is the managing partner, Leiweke said. “Cascade has come and said we think this is an interesting assemblage of property,” Leiweke said. “We think it can be a commercial success. And if they’re interested, it’s a really good sign. . Tampa Bay Business Journal
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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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