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RNC speakers include Rick Scott, John McCain, Condoleezza Rice, Nikki Haley, Mike Huckabee, John Kasich and Susana Martinez
TAMPA — Florida Gov. Rick Scott, Sen. John McCain and former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice are among seven headline speakers announced today for the Republican National Convention in Tampa. The first look at featured speakers also includes South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, Ohio Gov. John Kasich and New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez. Tampa Bay Times
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Made in South Florida: Local economy gets a boost from manufacturing
When people think about South Florida’s economy, what usually come to mind are tourism, retail businesses, housing and construction and international trade. Manufacturing? Uh, uh. Big companies producing airplanes, trains, autos, jet engines, pharmaceuticals, oil products, steel and processed foods … they’re somewhere else. Miami Herald
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Online job postings grow most in Florida
Job data released Friday offered two hopeful signs, as Florida saw the largest increase in online job ads in the nation and employment rose across the U.S. "There's no doubt in my mind that Florida's economy has picked up," said Mark Vitner, economist for Wells Fargo Securities. Nationally, a report from the economist called the 163,000 job gains in July "surprisingly decent." A gain of 100,000 jobs was expected, and the news from the Labor Department sent U.S. stocks to their highest level since May. Sun Sentinel
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NASA rover Curiosity makes historic Mars landing, beams back photos
(Reuters) – NASA’s Mars science rover Curiosity performed a daredevil descent through pink Martian skies late on Sunday to clinch an historic landing inside an ancient crater, ready to search for signs the Red Planet may once have harbored key ingredients for life. Mission controllers burst into applause and cheers as they received signals confirming that the car-sized rover had survived a perilous seven-minute descent NASA called the most elaborate and difficult feat in the annals of robotic spaceflight.
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The other Georgia
On Monday, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution's Jim Galloway brought us photographic evidence of the new Two Georgias. In side-by-side pictures, he showed shots of back-to-back press conferences. The first was the power structure of Georgia. The governor, lieutenant governor, Atlanta mayor, legislators, civic and business leaders had all crowded the Capitol in a strong show of institutional support for T-SPLOST. As soon as they were done, a sparse crowd from the Transportation Leadership Council gave their rebuttal. Columbus Ledger-Enquirer
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When it Comes to Jobs, the Real Story is Education, Occupation, and Geography
Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney posted on his website this morning that "Today's increase in the unemployment rate is a hammer blow to struggling middle-class families." The reality is that the burden of unemployment has been felt hardest on those in working-class factory, construction, and low-wage service jobs, as evidenced by the detailed jobs report released today. Atlantic Cities
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Houston one of most income-segregated cities in U.S.
Houston is one of the most income-segregated large metros in America, especially in terms of upper-income households. The Pew Research Center’s analysis of census tract and household income data shows that 24 percent of the Houston area’s upper-income households reside in a majority upper-income tract. Houston Business Journal
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CH2M Hill to create 285 Houston jobs with TEF investment
Texas Gov. Rick Perry said the state’s Texas Enterprise Fund will invest $2.3 million in Eaglewood, Colo.-based CH2M Hill Co., which will in turn create 285 jobs in Houston, and invest another $5.2 million for its new global energy practice here. Michael Lucchesi, vice president and Houston-area manager for CH2M Hill, said the company's Houston office will have 500 employees by 2015. CH2M Hill provides design, engineering, operations and program management services. Houston Business Journal
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Buddy Roemer has kind words for Bobby Jindal, Kathleen Blanco, Mike Foster
Former La. Gov. Buddy Roemer, who ran unsuccessfully for president this year as a Republican and then as an independent, last week sang the praises of Louisiana's incumbent governor and two of his predecessors for helping clean up the state's tarnished political image of relying on the "good ol' boy network" to get things done. The Times Picayune
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Louisiana sales taxes are among the nation's highest
Louisiana has the third-highest sales tax rate in the nation when its 4 percent statewide levy is combined with an average of 4.86 percent sales tax on the local level, according to a study released last week. The Tax Foundation of Washington, D.C., said Louisiana's maximum local sales tax rate is 7 percent, and the average local tax is 4.86 percent, giving the state an average 8.86 percent combined state-local rate. The Times Picayune
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Features & Opinion

 Top Ten Places in the South for Relocating California Companies

Reshoring manufacturing capacity from primarily Asia to the South and Mexico is now a common thing to do and it's all about money. When China joined the World Trade Organization in 2001, the average manufacturing wage in China's Pearl River Delta (PRD) was about 58 cents an hour.

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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.
 

 Business News in the South - Randle Report

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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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