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Robust Economic Opportunities in the U.S. Biobased Economy
A report released a couple of weeks ago by the USDA’s BioPreferred Program, “Why Biobased?,” provides a very positive overview of economic opportunities in the emerging biobased economy. Those opportunities include a revival of U.S. manufacturing and new job creation, economic growth in rural agricultural communities, and production of new environmentally preferable consumer products. Biofuelsdigest.com
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Texas fights EPA’s anti-smog rules because people spend ’90 percent of their time indoors’
The state agency responsible for protecting Texans against harmful chemicals said on Tuesday that it opposed federal efforts to lower smog levels because most people had air conditioners and spent “90 percent of their time indoors.” Rawstory.com
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Extending Unemployment Insurance Isn’t Dead, Says Labor Secretary
The Obama administration has not given up its efforts to renew a federal extension of unemployment insurance for the long-term jobless, Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez said Monday. That statement probably comes as news to many of the long-term jobless. The Fiscal Times
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W.Va. Senate race will make history
BLUEFIELD — The U.S. Senate race between two women who have spent a lot of time in the public’s eye — U.S. Rep. Shelley Moore-Capito, R-W.Va., and the Democratic Party nominee, West Virginia Secretary of State Natalie Tennant — will be one for the history books, regardless of who wins. bdtonline.com
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Mississippi's war for Memphis water use is about to heat up again
Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court invited Solicitor General Don Verrilli to weigh-in on whether to allow Mississippi to file a new lawsuit alleging Memphis is stealing its water. Memphis Business Journal
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Lawsuit challenges Mississippi gay marriage ban
Two same-sex couples seeking marriage equality in Mississippi filed the first federal challenge to the state's gay marriage ban on Monday, the latest in a string of similar lawsuits nationwide. Clarionledger.com
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Swing state Georgia has highest unemployment rate
WASHINGTON— Swing-state Georgia had the nation’s worst unemployment rate last month, according to government data released Tuesday. Though a tenth of a percentage point better than last year, Georgia’s 7.9% unemployment rate compares to 5.9% nationally. Marketwatch.com
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Report: Intermodal centers grow Florida trade
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Florida is taking steps to handle more of the world's multi-billion dollar trade industry by expanding its intermodal centers, according to the latest economic commentary from Florida TaxWatch. Intermodal centers are specialized facilities where goods are moved from one form of transportation to another, such as moving a shipping container from a ship to a train or from rail to truck. news4jax.com
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CSX terminal key to thousands of new jobs in Central Florida
Polk County and the city of Winter Haven are beneficiaries of a transportation, logistics and distribution hub that could bring thousands of jobs to the area over the next five to 10 years. The terminal for the CSX Central Florida Logistics Center in Winter Haven, which opened in April, is the first step in developing about 7.9 million square feet of warehouse, distribution and manufacturing facilities, all located on about 930 acres surrounding the CSX rail line. About 300,000 containers of goods will be processed annually from rail to truck or truck to rail with state-of-the-art technology. Winter Haven Industrial Developers paid about $8.5 million for about 500 acres of the site, according to Polk County records. The remaining acreage will be part of a second phase of development. 83degreesmedia.com
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Republican Governors Outsource Prisons, Child Support Services, Jobs Agencies
Champions of the free market, Republicans running governor’s offices across the country have outsourced important government services in efforts that have not faired well. A new report (pdf) from the Center for Media and Democracy (CMD) found that public operations which provide job services, child support, and prisoner incarceration often weren’t successful from a government standpoint. Allgov.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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