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Tax incentives viewed as crucial to luring businesses
If Mobiquity expands into Gainesville, it would be the 14th company persuaded to move to or stay in Alachua County in part because of tax rebate payments from state and local governments in return for creating jobs. A mobile application developer based in Wellesley, Mass., Mobiquity has promised to create 260 jobs paying almost $50,000 a year if it opens here. In return, it would receive rebates of as much as $2.08 million through the Qualified Target Industry program. Gainesville Sun
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Walmart Hiring 100,000 Vets: Smart Move or Cynical Ploy?
Is it a good-faith attempt at corporate social responsibility, or it is a cynical ploy to generate good publicity in the wake of labor strife and a high-profile bribery scandal? Opinions certainly ran the gamut after Walmart (NYSE:WMT) announced yesterday that it will hire more than 100,000 veterans in the next five years, starting on Memorial Day. Any veteran who applies for a job within 12 months of being honorably discharged will be hired, said Wal-Mart USA CEO Bill Simon in a speech to the National Retail Federation in New York on Tuesday. The Fiscal Times
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Why Robots Are Worse for the Economy Than You Think
Paul Krugman has recently taken a keen interest in the rise of robots and automation — an issue that I have been focusing on since the publication of my book on this subject back in 2009. In a recent post, Krugman says the following: Smart machines may make higher GDP possible, but also reduce the demand for people — including smart people. So we could be looking at a society that grows ever richer, but in which all the gains in wealth accrue to whoever owns the robots. The Fiscal Times
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Mark Sanford: I’m a ‘wounded warrior’


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Bexar Co., TX ranks No. 4 in concealed carry gun permits
President Barack Obama has proposed a comprehensive list of reforms and proposals to the nation’s gun laws in response to the mass shooting late last year at an elementary school in Newtown, Conn. that left 27 people dead, including 20 children. San Antonio Business Journal
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New Evidence that the NRA Might Be Just Another Corporate Front
For an organization that looms so large over American politics, it's oddly difficult to say what the National Rifle Association really is, or who it represents. The group purports to have four-million members and touts itself as the populist defender of American gun rights. Yet, as I wrote last month, it has also received millions of dollars in donations from the firearms industry over recent years, some of which have been tied directly to gun and ammo sales. The Atlantic
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Signet Maritime announces expansion in Pascagoula, 50 jobs
PASCAGOULA -- Signet Maritime Corporate announced Tuesday plans for a $3.6 million expansion of its shipbuilding and repair operations at the Port of Pascagoula, creating 50 additional jobs. The company said the 50 spots have already been filled, and those new employees will assist the construction of a new tractor tug boat, Signet Magic, which is a 140-by-40-foot heavy deck barge. Sun Herald
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Enterprise Florida leads trade mission to Chile
Enterprise Florida and Gov. Rick Scott will lead a trade mission to Santiago, Chile in May. Jacksonville Business Journal
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Verizon to add 500 jobs in Tulsa for financial center
Verizon will soon add a financial services hub to its Cherokee Industrial Park facility, a move that will add 500 jobs to the area. The announcement was made Friday morning, and scheduled to include an appearance by Gov. Mary Fallin. Tulsa World
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Duke’s nuke plant decision could come in February
Duke Energy hopes to decide by early February whether to repair or retire its crippled Crystal River nuclear plant in Florida, CEO Jim Rogers said this week. The fate of the plant, which Duke inherited in its 2012 merger with Progress Energy, will be a key decision for Duke this year. Duke now has 1.6 million customers in Florida, the second-largest of its six-state territory. Charlotte Observer
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Features & Opinion

 Top Ten Places in the South for Relocating California Companies

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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By Stacy Randle
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.
 

 Business News in the South - Randle Report

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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?
 
 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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