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6 Ideas for an Inexpensive Labor Day Weekend
In a previous post, I shared a list of four cheap things to do on a three-day weekend. Those strategies work well for any weekend, but what about Labor Day weekend? Labor Day weekend is often seen as the last weekend of summer, as it’s followed by the gradually cooling temperatures of autumn. And if you have children, the school year is just getting started. So this weekend, take in that one last breath of summer – here are six ways to do just that. US News & World Report
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Readers React The battle over business incentives: do they work?
The governor of Texas with a kind of halo around his head, spouting half-truths, while Jerry Brown, whose father was responsible for superior higher education at minimal cost, works to bring back the kind of democracy for which Pat Brown was justly famous. Los Angeles Times
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Why Are Southerners So Passionate About Football?
ATLANTA — Why are Southerners so passionate about football? From Friday night lights to college championships to the Superbowl, people in the South love their pigskin. This week, we’re looking at why. gpb.org
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Mexico's Four Obstacles to Competitiveness
This month Mexico signed substantial reforms into law. “Mexico’s reform agenda is now complete. Eleven structural reforms were passed by congress over the past 20 months. [These] reforms intertwine in a single goal: to increase Mexico’s productivity and competitiveness,” wrote President Enrique Peña Nieto in the August 20 edition of the Financial Times. Industryweek.com
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How Small and Mid-Sized Manufacturers Can Harness the Transformative Power of Technology
Technology is changing the way manufacturing businesses operate by enabling terrific improvements in efficiency, productivity and quality while continuously driving down costs, as well as material and energy consumption. However, not every business has benefited from technology’s transformative power. Most large, well-resourced businesses have made investments in process technology, particularly information technology, and built a robust infrastructure to support every aspect of their operations, from inventory control and production planning, to logistics and transportation. Industryweek.com
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McDonnell Questioned About Dealings With Executive
Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell on Tuesday faced the most pointed questions yet about his dealings with a businessman whose gifts are at the heart of the ex-governor's corruption trial. Prosecutors asked McDonnell about a series of emails and notes in February 2012 in which McDonnell was trying to finalize a $50,000 loan from businessman Jonnie Williams. While that was going on, McDonnell and his wife prodded state officials about doing research to help Williams' dietary supplement, Anatabloc. ABC News
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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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Will there be a GOP wave or wipeout in the Senate?
So where’s the wave? This is President Obama’s sixth-year-itch election. The map of states with contested Senate seats could hardly be better from the Republicans’ vantage point. And the breaks this year—strong candidates, avoidance of damaging gaffes, issues such as Obamacare and immigration that stir the party base—have mainly gone the GOP’s way, very unlike 2012. Politico
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The Tea Party Governor Backlash of 2014
America seems resigned to a Seinfeld election in 2014—a campaign about nothing. To an exhausted electorate, the final midterms of the Obama presidency are failing to drive much mainstream excitement, and no clear national themes have emerged despite the high-stakes fight for the Senate. DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman-Schultz essentially admitted as much when she dismissed the idea of Democrats running on any national message, seeking instead to focus on local themes. The Daily Beast
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Features & Opinion

 Top Ten Places in the South for Relocating California Companies

Urban areas have all kinds of assets that are easy to spot. They have the population, so the labor shed is not usually an issue. Urban areas are also connected by better roads, rail and air service and many have river and deep water ports. Usually Internet access and other forms of communication are more efficient in urban areas. And you have a larger array of quality of life options to choose from, such as the cultural assets found in metropolitan areas.
 

 Randle Report - Business News in the South

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By Mike Randle
The belief that "80 percent of all new jobs come from existing business and industry" is an out-of-date, old-fashioned fabrication. I have no idea how it started, where it started, or who said it first, but there are professionals in economic development as well as leaders of government in the South who actually believe that each year, 80 percent (why 80 percent I don't know, either) of all new jobs are created by existing business and industry. I hear it all the time and I just roll my eyes. There is nothing static in economic development but this: 100 percent of all lost jobs come from existing business and industry. That, and of course 100 percent of the time site consultants never pay for a meal.
 

 Business News in the South - Randle Report

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According to Chinese theory, yin is a passive, negative force and yang is an active, positive force. Chinese philosophers believe that the opposing forces aren't really contradictory. Instead, they are interconnected and complimentary, interacting to create a balance in one's life. 
 
 Nashville Mayour Karl Dean
The Annie E. Casey Foundation's KIDS COUNT report was released in the summer quarter. I try to read it every time it comes out since I find it to be the best indicator of child poverty, a statistic everyone involved in economic development needs to be aware of. The Annie E. Casey Foundation is a charity that supports disadvantaged children. 
 


 

 

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