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This is America's Fastest Growing Industry
Back in 1938, Popular Mechanics ran an article about how cannabis (specifically, hemp) was the new "billion dollar crop." It may have taken nearly eight decades, but according to a report released this week, the legal cannabis industry is now worth well over twice that. Inc.com
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The 10 Most Promising Jobs Of 2015
With a rapidly aging population and tens of millions of people newly covered by Obamacare, America faces a looming doctor shortage and burgeoning opportunities for physician assistants, one of the fastest-growing professions in the country. To become a P.A. you need to graduate from a two-year master’s program, which typically consists of a year in the classroom and a year of clinical work. You must pass a national certification exam and practice under a supervising doctor. P.A.s typically earn about half of what doctors make but the cost of training is a fraction of a medical degree, which now approaches $300,000. Forbes
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The 14 Best Startup Cities in America
No disrespect to San Francisco or Brooklyn, but we wanted to identify the next wave of cities building an ecosystem to turn innovators into entrepreneurs. Popular Mechanics
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NASA: Flying Astronauts With Boeing and SpaceX Will Save Us $12 Million Per Seat
NASA Administrator and former astronaut Charles Bolden left no doubt as to his goal for the space agency's Commercial Crew program. "I don't ever want to have to write another check to Roscosmos after 2017," he told a gathering of reporters and NASA astronauts at a press conference at Johnson Space Center in Houston on Monday. Popular Mechanics
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What's Stopping Gigabit Internet? Your Cable Company
Are you frustrated by the low speed and high cost of your cable Internet connection? It’s a common problem. Us Americans pay some of the highest prices for broadband Internet service in the world, and yet, our speed lags behind a number of other countries including Latvia, Romania and Denmark. So what’s the holdup? Who – or what – is responsible for the slow state of U.S. Internet? Tehclicious.com
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Major New Google Fiber Expansion Shines Massive Spotlight On Lack Of Broadband Competition
While Google Fiber will never likely see a full-fledged national deployment, we've noted repeatedly how the effort is worth its weight in gold for the way it draws attention to the lack of competition in the broadband marketplace and elevates what can often be an immensely inane conversation about telecom policy. While incumbent giant ISPs have feebly tried to argue that consumers don't really want faster, cheaper speeds, the thousands of cities screaming for better broadband burns a hole right through all-too-common flimsy defenses of the status quo. Techdirt.com
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Former FCC exec: North Carolina could be 'ground zero' in fiber competition
"You could actually argue that North Carolina, six months from now, may be the most competitive wire line market in the country," says Blair Levin, former executive director of the National Broadband Plan. Triangle Business Journal
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Boeing’s first North Charleston-built 787 ‘Dash-9’ Dreamliner rolls off production line
The first Dash-9 Dreamliner to be built at Boeing Co.’s North Charleston campus rolled off the production line Monday and is slated for delivery to United Airlines in early March, Boeing officials said Tuesday. “What this final assembly team has accomplished is incredible,” Eric Van Avery, final assembly director for Boeing South Carolina, told employees in a statement Tuesday. “Just like in football, teams who prepare in advance succeed on game day,” he said, adding that a plan for the first 787-9 assembly began last July and that “the team executed the plan flawlessly.” Post-Courier
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Google Fiber: Here's What the Hype Is All About
When Google announced today it is bringing its high-speed Internet service to a handful of cities in the southeastern United States, residents of the areas went into full-on celebration mode. Google's gigabit Internet service is coming to the Atlanta, Charlotte, Nashville and Raleigh-Durham metro areas, covering a total of 18 cities. ABC News
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Alabama ranked in bottom half of states for gender pay gap
Women looking to make as much as their male counterparts at work may want to steer clear of some states, including Alabama. Expert Market recently compiled a map of each state, ranked by gender pay gap, and the results showed that Alabama is in the bottom half of states when ranked on the gender pay gap. Birmingham Business Journal
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Just look around at what's happening in the aerospace industry in the American South. Aerospace is really making a move to become one of the region's top two industry sectors. It’s not there yet, but if large project counts are any indication, aerospace may soon challenge the petrochemicals sector as the second largest industry in the region. Never before has the aerospace industry been so important to the South's economy. Oh, what's the No. 1 industry sector in the South? Automotive is, of course. That industry hasn't been challenged much for 25 years in this region, or since we’ve been counting.

 

 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
If you have ever seen one of my presentations, then you know about the word "reshoring" and how that phenomenon has lifted the spirits of even the most skeptical Southerners regarding the future of the region's economy. After all, in the last four decades, manufacturing has suffered a bloodletting never before seen in U.S. history. The biggest factor behind the slow and long meltdown that began in the 1990s was the herd mentality to offshore manufacturing capacity to cheaper locales, primarily by U.S.-owned companies.
 


 

 

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