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New Montgomery job training center to provide workers new skills in manufacturing, IT
MONTGOMERY, Alabama -- The city of Montgomery is the home of a new job training center through a partnership with the Alabama's Workforce Development Agency, the Chamber of Commerce announced. Training will be high individualized and customized but focused on manufacturing and IT to meet the immediate needs of industry, according to the Montgomery Area Chamber of Commerce. Some of the courses will award certificates, but all will give graduates skills to immediately enter the workplace. AL.com
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Foreclosures still falling in Charlotte, CoreLogic says
Residential foreclosure activity in the Charlotte market continued its steady year-over-year decline in August, CoreLogic Inc. (NYSE:CLGX) reports. The foreclosure rate in the Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia metro was 1 percent that month. That's down from 1.8 percent a year earlier but unchanged from the July figure posted by the Irvine, Calif.-based data firm. It's better than the national foreclosure rate of 1.6 percent for the month but worse than North Carolina's statewide rate of 0.9 percent, the Irvine, Calif.-based data firm says. Charlotte Business Journal
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Tobacco Farmers Lose Longtime Safety Net
Tobacco growers are about to face a completely free market. This month, they'll receive their last checks from a government program meant to ease them out of a Depression-era tobacco-price-fixing system. That has left Stanley Smith, who grows about 60 acres of tobacco on his farm not far from Winston-Salem, N.C., feeling a little unsettled. "I've farmed all my life," Smith says. "I think the best way to sum it up is our safety net now is gone." NPR
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Chiquita Abandons Plan To Dodge U.S. Taxes In Ireland
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Chiquita shareholders have rejected plans to merge with Irish fruit importer Fyffes that would have made the world's largest banana supplier. Chiquita Brands International Inc. said Friday that the shareholders didn't approve a revised transaction agreement between the two companies during a special shareholders meeting. Chiquita and Fyffes PLC have given notice to terminate their agreement. Huffington Post
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10 Amazing Airport Restaurants You Must Try, See Which Are Southern
Meal service on flights? All but vanished. Fortunately, travelers relying on airport meals to avoid inflight hunger fits have an ever more appealing assortment of restaurant choices. Be it a snack or a fine-dining experience you crave, here's a handful of savory stopovers, full of local flavor, en route to your next destination. Huffington Post
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How did Rick Perry escape blame for the Texas Ebola outbreak?
epublicans have been blaming President Obama and Dr. Thomas Frieden, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), for allowing Ebola to gain a foothold in the United States. But if we're pointing fingers, it makes more sense to blame the governor of the first state where Ebola has spread: Texas. Yes, it would be the president's responsibility to order nationwide directives like banning U.S.-bound passengers from West Africa, assuming he even has that authority, and despite public health experts warning that such a ban would be counterproductive. But hospitals and public health are mostly a state issue; the CDC can't tell hospitals what to do, only advise them of best practices.
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SC STATE HOUSE DRAGNET: WHO’S NEXT?
A year ago, S.C. Speaker of the House Bobby Harrell – along with S.C. Sen. Hugh Leatherman – was one of the two most powerful men in the Palmetto State. Today? He’s out of a job … Fitsnews.com
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50% Increase in U.S. Cities Advancing Laws to Restrict the Sharing of Food with Homeless People
Every year, feeding the homeless is getting a little bit harder to do in the United States. Since 2010 there has been close to a 50% increase in the number of American cities that have passed or introduced laws imposing restrictions on the sharing of food with homeless people. Allgov.com
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Lessons from the Grateful Dead on Replacing Workers with Technology
In the foreword to David Dodd’s The Complete Annotated Grateful Dead Lyrics, Robert Hunter, the band’s “lyricist in residence,” wrote that the song “Uncle John’s Band” represented “the first lyric I wrote with the aid of that newfangled gadget, the cassette tape recorder. I taped the band playing the arrangement and was able to score lyrics at leisure rather than scratch away hurriedly at rehearsals, waiting for particular sections to come around again.” Governing.com
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Kentucky Among Most Improved States in Energy Efficiency
An energy policy non-profit today released its annual ranking of states by energy efficiency programs. Though Kentucky is still in the bottom half of the list, it was recognized as one of the “most-improved” states. Governing.com
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 Randle Report - Business News in the South

For those who still languish over "losing to China" or believe that the economy is still in recession, wake up and smell the data. Economic development in the South was about as good as it gets in calendar year 2015 according to the data. And as for China, borrowing a quote from the late football coach Bear Bryant that he made in the half-time locker room down 15-0 to Georgia Tech in 1960, "We got 'em right where we want 'em." For those of you who don't know the rich history of Alabama Crimson Tide football, Bama scored all of its 16 points in the fourth quarter, kicking a field goal on the last play of the game to beat Tech 16-15.
 

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By Mike Randle
Today, factories in the U.S. make twice as much product as they did in 1984. And they are doing it with one-third of the manufacturing workforce. In fact, the output of durable goods in 2015 was the highest in the nation's history. So, we do have a strong manufacturing base, at least in the South, much of the Midwest and parts of the West, and it is getting stronger because on a cost-basis, we can compete with any major manufacturing nation in the world.  
 

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The argument for or against a minimum wage hike continues between the reds and the blues, as well as within the economic development community in the South. Should we stay the course with a minimum wage under $8 an hour to better compete with Mexico, the South's biggest competitor for jobs, or set a minimum wage just over $10 an hour, a wage floor most centrists support? That $10 per hour is, according to the MIT Living Wage Calculator, about right in most states in the South for one adult to be able to cover basic expenses plus all relevant taxes.
 
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Recent data from the Computing Technology Industry Association (Comp TIA) showed that the technology industry is one of the fastest growing job generators in the South and the nation. The report also indicated that technology job compensation is growing faster than any other sector.
 


 

 

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