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North Carolina Railroad allocates millions for economic development efforts
North Carolina Railroad Co.'s (NCRR) board has approved more than $13 million in economic development investments designed to expand rail access, improve safety and sustain several rail projects. Progressiverailroading.com
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Business Alabama publishes 2015 Alabama Economic Development Guide
Business Alabama has published its 2015 Alabama Economic Development Guide, a comprehensive examination of the state’s economic climate, its key industry sectors and resources, as well as the advantages it offers for investment. Madeinalabama.com
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Campaign to boost economic development gets $100,000 pledge
The Houston Northwest Chamber of Commerce and the Grow Northwest Capital Campaign received the first large financial pledge toward meeting its $3.2 million goal with a promise of $100,000 from the Houston Northwest Medical Center. Tim Puthoff, CEO of Houston Northwest Medical Center, joined with Houston Northwest Chamber of Commerce President Barbara Thomason and Anne Vallette, who is spearheading the Grow Northwest Capital Campaign, to announce the $100,000 pledge. Houston Chronicle
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Location Notebook: Economic Innovation in the “New” New Orleans
A culture of creativity, top-ranked workforce training, and customized incentives have all contributed to a transformed New Orleans economy. Area Development
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Almost 50 jobs coming to Lee County
Almost 50 high paying jobs are coming to Lee County Iowa because of tax incentives from the state. wgem.com
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Greater Richmond Partnership exceeds fundraising goal
The Greater Richmond Partnership said it has raised $850,000 in private-sector funds to help support its economic development programs, exceeding its fundraising goal for this year by $100,000. Richmond Times-Dispatch
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Study: Bridgestone relocation carries $87M annual impact
Bridgestone Americas’ planned move into a new 30-story high-rise in downtown Nashville would produce an additional $87 million in economic activity in the region annually while creating more than 3,200 direct and indirect jobs. The Tennessean
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Editorial: TN must keep up with needs of auto industry
Tennessee has become an automotive industry powerhouse over the past three decades, with three major manufacturing plants and about 1,000 parts suppliers. The industry employs more than 115,000 Tennesseans and its collective payroll puts about $6 billion directly into the economy. Knoxnews.com
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Southern Champion Tray to expand in Chattanooga, create jobs
Southern Champion Tray plans to expand in Chattanooga with an $18.1 million investment, which will create 105 new jobs, leaders announced Tuesday. "Our company’s growth has put pressure on our local space and equipment, and this expansion is important for our continued success," President and CEO John Zeiser said in a prepared statement. "Chattanooga has been [Southern Champion Tray's] home since 1927, and we’re pleased to grow our business here." Nooga.com
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FoxFarm Soil and Fertilizer Company establishing Anderson County manufacturing facility
COLUMBIA, S.C. –A family business that specializes in the manufacturing of garden products, premium potting soils and both natural and organic dry and liquid fertilizers is establishing operations in Anderson County. FoxFarm Soil and Fertilizer Company is investing $6.9 million to locate in Pendleton S.C., creating an expected 27 new jobs. Sc Commerce
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