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Closing the Expectations Gap
With all 50 states and the District of Columbia having adopted college- and career-ready standards in English and mathematics, Achieve's seventh annual "Closing the Expectations Gap" report shows how all states are aligning those standards with policies to send clear signals to students about what it means to be academically prepared for college and careers after high school graduation. For the first time, the report also details not only states' policy progress on the college- and career-ready agenda but also their efforts to implement those policies since only faithful implementation can improve student achievement. The report was released during the opening session of Achieve's eighth annual American Diploma Project Leadership Team Meeting in Alexandria, Va., which brought together nearly 300 education leaders in cross-sector teams from 34 states. Achieve.org
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Unions pair up for another run at Delta
Two unions are partnering to make another run at unionizing flight attendants at Delta Air Lines, after several failed attempts by one union. The Association of Flight Attendants and the Transport Workers Union say they are in the early stages of planning a campaign to seek a representation vote among Delta’s more than 19,000 attendants. The AFA has lost three elections at Delta in the last 10 years, with the most recent following Delta’s 2008 acquisition of Northwest Airlines, whose flight attendants the union had represented. AJC.com
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Indian-born dominate U.S. tech start-ups founded by immigrants: study
(Reuters) - A new study showing that immigrants founded one quarter of U.S. technology start-up companies could fuel calls to relax immigration rules ahead of next month's U.S. presidential elections, where the economy and immigration are key issues. The study "America's New Immigrant Entrepreneurs: Then and Now," shows that 24.3 percent of engineering and technology start-up companies have at least one immigrant founder serving in a key role. Indian-born entrepreneurs, representing 33 percent of the companies, dominated the group.
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Are Corporate Incubators the Next Funding Trend for Entrepreneurs?
Here’s a little known fact: small businesses generate approximately 13-times the number of patent- per-employee as larger corporations. If patent awards are a reliable measure of commercial innovation, then small businesses have an advantage over bigger companies in visualizing how home consumers and businesses will operate and communicate in the future. But what large corporations have that forward-thinking smaller companies lack is cash, and lots of it. During the last 20 years, many large corporations such as Johnson & Johnson, Disney, Comcast, Intel, Samsung, UPS, Pfizer and Siemens formed venture capital funds to buy an ownership stake in a select number of entrepreneurial companies that represented potential strategic significance to the corporation. Foxbusiness.com
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Net-zero energy homes on the rise in Charleston, S.C.
Several subdivision developments in the Charleston suburbs are offering super-efficient "green" homes designed to generate the energy they consume. It's part of a growing national trend in home construction that has arrived in the Lowcountry. Net-zero homes, as they sometimes are called, are a niche within the booming "green homes" sector. "In 2011, green construction was about a 17 percent share of the overall (home building) market, and that's up from less than 2 percent just a few years ago," said Kevin Morrow, senior Green Homes Program manager at the National Association of Home Builders. By 2016, he said, green construction is expected to account for up to 38 percent of home building. Energycentral.com
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Oklahoma region part of massive power line plan
Electricity generated at northwestern Oklahoma wind farms could soon be buzzing through a high-voltage transmission line that will stretch to Tennessee, crossing through Muskogee County. The $3.5 billion, 800-mile project has cleared a number of regulatory hurdles. The next step includes a series of meetings scheduled throughout this month, including one Tuesday in Muskogee. The project being pursued by Clean Line Energy Partners represents a $7 billion investment in new, clean-energy projects in the Oklahoma Panhandle and surrounding region. Coordinators expect the project will create more than 1,000 permanent jobs and 10,000 or more project jobs. Energycentral.com
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VA Gov. McDonnell heads south — and then west -- to continue surrogate tour, RGA duties
Gov. Robert F. McDonnell continues his campaign surrogate tour this week with a number of appearances, kicking off with the second presidential debate on Tuesday night. Washington Post
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SC power companies defend solar practices
South Carolina's major utilities say they're committed to solar power and renewable energy, although they don't rely heavily on sun power to serve customers. SCE&G, Duke Energy and Santee Cooper proudly point to the solar programs and projects they have undertaken. Each company gives customers credit on power bills for installing solar panels on roofs, each company has developed solar energy production sites and each company says it is interested in doing more with solar in the future, utility spokespeople said. "We certainly are in favor of renewable energy and solar if it makes sense from a cost standpoint, as well as a generation standpoint," SCE&G spokesman Robert Yanity said. Energybiz.com
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Denver Global Products Locating Manufacturing Operations in North Carolina
RALEIGH – Gov. Bev Perdue announced today that Denver Global Products, Inc., a subsidiary of Chongqing RATO Power Company Ltd., will establish its manufacturing, distribution and R & D facilities in Lincoln County. The project was made possible in part by a Job Development Investment Grant. To meet the targets established in this performance-based grant, the company plans to create 450 jobs over four years and make a capital investment of $30.2 million in Lincoln County. NC Commerce
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Oppermann Webbing Inc. expanding facility in Anderson County SC
COLUMBIA, S.C. – October 16, 2012 – Oppermann Webbing, a maker of tie-downs and webbing for cargo transportation, today announced plans to expand its current operations in Anderson County. The $2.1 million investment is expected to generate 20 new jobs. SC Commerce
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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.
 

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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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