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Ten People Who Made a Difference in the South
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. Southern Business & Development
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Caterpillar hosts governor's launch of NCWorks for job seekers and companies that are hiring
The state Department of Commerce has launched a new program called NCWorks that will consolidate many of the department’s workforce development functions into a one-stop-shop for job seekers and job creators across the state. Triangle Business Journal
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AT&T hiring 100 in Tennessee
AT&T plans to hire 100 new employees, including 50 technicians and 50 retail employees, in Tennessee in the next several months, according to a news release. Nashville Business Journal
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Gov. Deal signs Georgia's tax incentives bill
Georgia’s video gaming industry, the Atlanta food bank and shoppers across the state will benefit from a tax incentives bill Gov. Nathan Deal signed into law Monday. The multi-faceted legislation will extend for two years state income tax credits for video game companies. Atlanta Business Chronicle
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The Military Man in Charge of Transportation in North Carolina
After 28 years in the Army, Tony Tata landed a job for which he lacks the traditional credentials. Is the ability to command more important than substantive knowledge when it comes to high-level government jobs? Governing
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Nine of the Ten most Common Occupations in U.S. Pay less than the National Average Wage
Nearly all of the top 10 most common jobs in America don’t pay well, according to new figures released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). Data collected from May 2013, the most recent date available, shows nine of the 10 largest occupations produced an average wage below the U.S. average wage of $46,440 annually (or $22.33 per hour). allgov.com
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Where Americans Are Becoming Wealthier, Poorer
Many Americans saw their pocketbooks take a hit during the Great Recession. But in select enclaves throughout the country, incomes continued to grow, often at exceptionally high rates. Areas of the Great Plains particularly enjoyed strong growth, as some parts of North Dakota and Texas recorded per capita personal income gains of more than 50 percent between 2007 and 2012. Governing
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Survey Ranks Where Residents Are Most Satisfied with Their Communities, See Which Southern Spots Made the List
In a handful of communities throughout the country, it seems as if nearly everyone is happy with where they live. A Gallup-Healthways survey published this morning examines attitudes of Americans over a two-year period, finding 85 percent were satisfied with the city or area where they lived. Governing
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5 weird things launching into space on SpaceX's Dragon spacecraft Monday
When private spaceflight company SpaceX launches its newest mission to the International Space Station it will carry some strange cargo to space. SpaceX's unmanned Dragon capsule is scheduled to launch from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida atop the company's Falcon 9 rocket on Monday on its third official resupply trip to the space station. Liftoff is set for 4:58 p.m. EDT (2058 GMT). Among the 5,000 lbs. of cargo riding aboard Dragon are a set of legs for a robotic astronaut, an experimental mini-farm for space vegetables and a wealth of other odd items. Here are the five strange things flying to space with Dragon: Fox News
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NASA, SpaceX 'go' for Monday launch
NASA today cleared SpaceX to attempt a 4:58 p.m. Monday launch of its next International Space Station resupply mission from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. Floridatoday.com
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Features & Opinion

 Top Ten Places in the South for Relocating California Companies

Reshoring manufacturing capacity from primarily Asia to the South and Mexico is now a common thing to do and it's all about money. When China joined the World Trade Organization in 2001, the average manufacturing wage in China's Pearl River Delta (PRD) was about 58 cents an hour.

 Randle Report - Business News in the South

 FEATURE  
By Dr. Glen Fenter
Desperation sometimes masks itself in acceptance. Such was the case for Takelia Carter of Marion, Ark. For Carter, the mother of six school-age children in a low paying job, desperation was normative existence. This was her life in Crittenden County, Ark., deep in the Delta where unfortunately one in four families lives well below the poverty level.
 

 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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