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Memphis medical device makers create regional council to foster workforce development
Facing what they say is a shortage of skilled workers, 17 area medical device companies have banded together to form a regional council that will work with local technical schools, high schools, colleges, universities and community colleges to create a stronger pipeline of employees for the medical device industry. Commercial Appeal
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House Republicans Are Killing the Dream of Local High-Speed Fiber Internet
The conservative small government movement has gained momentum based on the principle that decisions are best made at a local level, because people know what they want better than the federal government does. So why is a contingent of small government-minded congressional representatives trying to dick over local governments when it comes to high-speed internet access? motherboard.vice.com
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Ultra High-Speed Internet Plan Headed to Louisville Metro Council
A Louisville Metro Council committee Tuesday voted to award three franchise agreements to companies to install the infrastructure needed for ultra high-speed internet access in the city. The measure now goes before the full Metro Council, which could consider it as early as Thursday. wfpl.org
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House Republicans Fight to Stop City-Owned Internet Providers
States should be able to block cities from offering their own high-speed Internet service, as far as Republicans in Congress are concerned. Cities such as Chattanooga, Tennessee, have become groundbreaking examples of what local governments can do to provide high-speed fiber optic networks to residents and local businesses. That city created its “Gig City” operation that’s at least 50 times faster than the national average for $70 a month. Allgov.com
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The Federal Government Is Shrinking—Literally
The federal government is shrinking—by 10.2 million square feet, to be precise. That’s how much agency office and warehouse space was cut in 2013 under President Obama’s management initiative know as “Freezing the Federal Footprint,” according to the White House. govexec.com
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Wrapping Up Georgia's Primary Runoff
ATLANTA, GA — David Purdue and his wife, after early voting on July 18. Perdue, former Dollar General CEO and cousin of former Governor Sonny Perdue, will face Democrat Michelle Nunn in the general election. gpb.org
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Michelle Nunn: Georgia's Hillary?
A lot of attention will be focused Tuesday on the Republican U.S. Senate runoff. Whoever wins -- Jack Kingston or David Purdue -- will face Democrat Michelle Nunn in November. Many think Nunn, a political newcomer – and the daughter of former U.S. Senator Sam Nunn – could be the Democratic Party’s first victory on the road back to relevance in Georgia. gpb.org
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Manufacturing: The NC Triad's Comeback Kid
GREENSBORO, NC -- More is manufactured in the Triad than you think. Catherine Carlock of The Triad Business Journal joins 2 Wants to Know Tuesday to talk about why manufacturing is the Triad's comeback kid. wfmynews.com
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Troup County GA: A booming business
For a county with one of the highest unemployment rates in the state of Georgia, Troup is making a come back in a big way. In fact, that’s according to the LaGrange Economic Development Authority. The city was named as the number one “Micropolitan” by Site Selection Magazine and CNBC. The publication also named Georgia the number one state in the U.S. for business. Lagrangenews.com
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Interstate fueling growth in Bartow County; leaders also cite spirit of unity
It’s been a banner year for Bartow County economic developers. voestalpine cut the ribbon in April for a new auto equipment plant while at the same time announcing a major expansion of the facility in the Highlands 75 Industrial Park. northwestgeorgianews.com
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