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10 Worst People on Forbes 2013 Billionaires List: Oligarchs and monopolists and thugs, oh my!
It will hardly come as a surprise that the rich got richer in 2013. Didn’t happen to you, did it? The combined wealth of the world's billionaires hit an all-time high of 5.4 trillion, up from 4.6 trillion in 2012. Alternet
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Why did Lipton stay in VA? Workers steeped in plant history
Its 60-year history in the city, a trained workforce of 300 employees and proximity to the port were key factors in Unilever's decision to stay put and invest $96 million to upgrade its Lipton Tea plant in Suffolk, company officials said Monday. The Virginian-Pilot
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Austin among cities getting millions from online travel firms
The city of Austin stands to reap millions from a class-action lawsuit against 11 online travel companies accused of underpaying hotel occupancy taxes, according to a lawyer in the case. San Antonio and 172 other cities, including several in Central Texas, sued 11 online travel companies, including Hotels.com, Expedia and priceline.com, in a lawsuit dating back to 2006. Austin American Statesman
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Another George Bush runs for office in Texas, talks up oil and gas drilling
George Prescott Bush has kicked off a campaign to run for Texas land commissioner next year. Haven’t heard much about this Bush? Just wait — you will. He’s the 36-year-old son of former Florida governor and 2016 presidential aspirant Jeb Bush and his Mexican-born wife Columba. Grist
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Oil barge crashes into gas pipeline in Louisiana, triggers big fire
A grotesque collision of fossil-fuel-laden vessels happened in a bayou south of New Orleans on Tuesday evening, where tug-boat operators crashed a barge carrying crude oil into a submerged natural-gas pipeline. Grist
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Oklahoma Lawmakers, CIO Partner to Change the Face of Technology
Oklahoma CIO Alex Pettit stands on the state data center’s raised floor and points to a mismatched row of server racks he calls purgatory. The jumble of equipment has been plucked from state agencies and dropped into the gleaming new facility in Oklahoma City — part of an aggressive IT consolidation that’s reaching its halfway point. govtech.com
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New App Helps Jacksonville, Fla., Boost Economic Development
With a population of 1.38 million, Jacksonville is the largest city in Florida – and this large city is looking to stimulate its economic development. To that end, Jacksonville has launched new mobile and Web applications that let users access information on special events. govtech.com
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Feds reviewing TX-based Flowers' bid for Hostess' bread brands
The bid by Flowers Foods Inc. (NYSE: FLO) to buy most of Irving-based Hostess Brands Inc.'s bread brands is undergoing a review by the U.S. Justice Department. Dallas Business Journal
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NC economic-development spending tops $1.3B in fiscal 2011-12
Forget for a moment about the $90 million-plus in incentives North Carolina has promised to MetLife Inc. (NYSE:MET) for its planned 2,600-job expansion in Charlotte and Cary, and let’s look at the state’s economic-development landscape from above. Charlotte Business Journal
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Let's Not Create a Giant Federal Corporate Welfare Slush Fund
There's a fair amount I agree with in Anne Kim's Washington Monthly article on American manufacturing, but she also endorses a terrible proposal to create a large federal slush fund the executive branch can use to randomly subsidize politically powerful firms: Slate
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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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