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Supporting Small Businesses through Economic Development Offices
Incubators. Microlending. Accelerators. Crowdfunding. From rural areas to large cities, from the middle of the country to the coasts, today’s economic development entities — and their jargon — are all-in on encouraging small business finance. Publicceo.com
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LOOK: What Time Does America Go To Bed?
New Yorkers are night owls and Hawaiians are early to bed -- at least according to recent data findings that look at bed times and hours of sleep per night across every county in the U.S. Different U.S. cities and counties vary greatly when it comes to bedtimes and hours of sleep per night, according to recent Jawbone data tracking the sleep patterns of thousands of users of its UP device. The county that stays up the latest is Brooklyn, New York (Kings Country), with an average bedtime of 12:07 a.m., while the earliest to bed counties are Maui and Kauai in Hawaii, hitting the hay at 10:31 and 10:33, respectively. Huffington Post
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Campaign to boost economic development gets $100,000 pledge
The Houston Northwest Chamber of Commerce and the Grow Northwest Capital Campaign received the first large financial pledge toward meeting its $3.2 million goal with a promise of $100,000 from the Houston Northwest Medical Center. Tim Puthoff, CEO of Houston Northwest Medical Center, joined with Houston Northwest Chamber of Commerce President Barbara Thomason and Anne Vallette, who is spearheading the Grow Northwest Capital Campaign, to announce the $100,000 pledge. Houston Chronicle
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From Inter-Town Rivalries To Chain Gangs: The History Behind The Dixie Highway
Today, you can get just about anywhere in the U.S. by hopping on an interstate. But back in the early 1900s, the idea of traveling across the country by road was nearly inconceivable. Many people, especially those in the South, had access to little more than dirt roads that extended just as far as the nearest town. Wabe.org
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Incentives unveiled for three businesses
A craft brewery and a company that builds assembly lines for the auto industry will be coming to Tuscaloosa County next year. The two businesses, along with a major investment at Nucor Steel, one of the county’s larger manufacturers, were unveiled Thursday at the Tuscaloosa County Industrial Development Authority. Tuscaloosa News
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U.S. economy is improving, just in time for the holiday shopping season
For Christmas this year, the U.S. might finally be given the sort of recovery we’ve all been waiting for. Economists expect that following recessions, an economy should grow more quickly than than its long-term potential, so that growth eventually catches up to the pre-recession trend. Our most recent recovery, however, never lived up to this expectation, and the economy simply sputtered along rather than making up for lost time. Fortune
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Can Automakers Fix Themselves?
If there were any doubts that 2014 would go down in history as a turning point for auto safety, last week's Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee hearing on defective air bags erased them. Coming on the heels of the still-expanding investigation into General Motors's faulty ignition switches, the congressional grilling of air-bag supplier Takata and customers Honda and Chrysler was yet another demonstration of the auto industry's inability to find and fix deadly defects. This year's scandals have not only shattered recall records, but they also have repeatedly exposed systemic failures by automakers, suppliers and regulators alike. Bloomberg
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Location Notebook: Economic Innovation in the “New” New Orleans
A culture of creativity, top-ranked workforce training, and customized incentives have all contributed to a transformed New Orleans economy. Area Development
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Almost 50 jobs coming to Lee County
Almost 50 high paying jobs are coming to Lee County Iowa because of tax incentives from the state. wgem.com
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Oklahoma fights back after feds pull education funding over Common Core
Oklahoma and Washington have finally reached an agreement after federal officials nixed waivers of education requirements that would have cost the Sooner State as much as $165 million - all as a result of Oklahoma opting out of Common Core. Fox News
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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.
 

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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.
 

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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?
 
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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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