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By 2060, the American South Could Be Three Times as Urbanized
Southern city planners and conservationists, look alive: New predictions map the future spread of urban sprawl in Dixie, and it is immense. Basing their model on past growth patterns and locations of existing road networks, researchers at North Carolina State University projected the region’s expansion decades into the future. According to their forecast, the Southern urban footprint is expected to grow 101 percent to 192 percent. Take a look at urban land cover in the South as of 2009: Citylab.com
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Editorial: FL Gov. Scott should come clean about rail project
When a private company contemplates a major transportation investment stretching across 256 miles of Florida railway and dozens of communities, Floridians deserve to know what their governor knows. But vigorous efforts by Gov. Rick Scott and his administration to deflect questions and mislead the public about the state's investment in the success of All Aboard Florida fuels more suspicion about the proposed rail line between Miami and Orlando and distrust of state government. The governor already has a hypocritical record on rail, and he owes Floridians some straight answers. Tampa Bay Times
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Jacksonville not recovering as fast from recession as other Florida cities, says WalletHub report
Jacksonville is painfully behind other major Florida cities when it comes to snapping back from the recession, according to a national economic analysis. Jacksonville Business Journal
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Economic optimism rules the First Coast
On the whole, Northeast Floridians have a pretty positive outlook on the local economy and their place in it according to a survey conducted by JP Morgan Chase in partnership with the JaxUSA economic development organization. Jacksonville Business Journal
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Construction Industry Markets to Build Younger Workforce
The construction business is looking for a few good gamers. Trying to shake its image as dirty, backbreaking labor and attract younger workers, the industry—from construction firms and trade groups to equipment manufacturers and machinery makers—is marketing itself as a place to use advanced math, science and technical skills. adage.com
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Jax insurance carrier: Construction projects are the 'hot market'
The increase of the Main Street America Group’s single surety bond capacity to $90.5 million will allow independent agents of the Jacksonville-based company to write larger bonds through one of its major underwriters, the NGM Insurance Company. Jacksonville Business Journal
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Duke Energy makes $1.2B deal for municipal shares in power plants
Duke Energy (NYSE:DUK) has agreed to pay the N.C. Eastern Municipal Power Agency $1.2 billion to purchase shares in several power plants owned by the agency in the eastern part of the state. Charlotte Business Journal
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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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Just where will Tesla build its battery factory?
Several states, including Washington and Caifornia, are being considered as the site for Tesla's battery factory and the location list also includes New Mexico, Nevada and Arizona. Techtimes.com
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Features & Opinion

 Top Ten Places in the South for Relocating California Companies

In growth, companies find themselves in the dilemma of identifying capital to increase capacity and managing opportunity cost where capital may be deferred. This dilemma is amplified as capacity constraints drive a company to complete the site selection process for an expanding or new facility. 
 

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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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