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States Slowly Regain Fiscal Ground Lost in Great Recession
Nearly five years after the Great Recession officially ended in June 2009, states’ financial conditions are improving. But most states have yet to return to prerecession performance on some key measures of fiscal health. Even after states overcome the effects of the downturn, additional challenges await them. Pew States
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Lawmakers Jockey Over Budget Surpluses
Less than 24 hours after the University of Kentucky men’s basketball team beat cross-state rival Louisville to advance to the Sweet 16, Lexington Mayor Jim Gray asked state lawmakers for $80 million to renovate Rupp Arena, the iconic building where the Wildcats play. He didn’t get it. Pew States
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‘Jobs vs. the Environment’: How to Counter This Divisive Big Lie
In an era in which our political system is dominated by plutocracy, grassroots social movements are essential for progressive change. But too often our movements find themselves at loggerheads over the seemingly conflicting need to preserve our environment and the need for jobs and economic development. How can we find common ground? The Nation
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Tapstone Energy seeks $1.45 million in Oklahoma City incentives
The Oklahoma City Economic Development Trust is being asked to approve job incentives totaling $1.45 million to Tapstone Energy as it seeks to establish a new headquarters in Bricktown creating 150 new jobs over the next five years. The Oklahoman
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World's busiest airport tries incentives to draw flights
Not even the world's busiest airport is above offering incentives as a way to tempt airlines to add new service. Incentives will now be part of the toolkit for Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International as they work to secure even more routes for the airport, already the world's busiest. That comes after the Atlanta City Council on Tuesday OK'd the establishment of a five-year, $2 million incentive program aimed at helping the airport with both new passenger airline routes and cargo services. USA Today
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Poll: Just 18% of conservatives want Jeb Bush to run in 2016
Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, considering a 2016 presidential bid, does not have the support of his party's base, with just one in four Republicans eager for him to run and an even worse 18 percent of self-identified conservatives backing his bid. Washington Examiner
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Jeb Bush: I’m ‘thinking about’ 2016 run
Jeb Bush on Wednesday was the most vocal he’s been about considering a run for the White House in 2016. The Republican told a crowd of about 200 people at a Catholic Charities fundraiser in New York that he is “thinking about running for president,” according to an attendee. Politico
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Out to Lunch
The Randle Report is breaking for lunch and making way for a new editor shift. Click on the headline above to access Southern Business & Development's Web site for more detailed information on economic development in the South. Posts will resume at 1:30 pm CDT.
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How Lindsey Graham outmaneuvered the tea party
SUMMERVILLE, S.C. — Sen. Lindsey Graham recognized the threat years before it had a chance to form — and knew immediately what he had to do. Politico
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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.

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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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