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G2X Energy OKs Lake Charles methanol plant
G2X Energy, a Houston-based company that turns natural gas into transportation fuel, will move forward with plans to build a large-scale methanol production plant in Lake Charles. The plant will add 125 jobs in the region. NOLA.com
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Jeb Bush: 'People should work longer hours'
Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush on Wednesday seemed to propose a bold solution for economic troubles: “People should work longer hours,” drawing negative reactions from critics who suggested the last thing Americans need is to work more. The GOP presidential contender made his suggestion during an interview with the conservative New Hampshire newspaper, The Union Leader, on Wednesday to address a variety of issues, including a tax reform agenda that Americans could expect under his administration. Politico
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New jobs, businesses coming to Central State Hospital
MILLEDGEVILLE, Georgia -– Central State Hospital in Milledgeville will never be the largest mental health institution in the world again. The last patient left the Craig Nursing Center in April. NBC News
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Ga. Commissioner Of Labor Speaks On The State’s Job Growth
The job numbers in Georgia are released every month to inform people about the status of Georgia's unemployment rate. However, the job numbers can be inaccurate and they may not always help job seekers get their first and second interview. Wabe.org
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Join efforts underway to prepare E.Ky. workforce for STEM jobs
For Eastern Kentucky, the statistics are as familiar as they are disheartening: Over half of coal-mining jobs gone in the last five years; one-quarter of residents living below poverty level; and average per-capita incomes stuck at a fraction of the rest of the nation. Last year, numbers like these prompted a New York Times reporter to write that Eastern Kentucky "... just might be the hardest place to live in the United States. Statistically speaking." Kentucky.com
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Obama administration takes aim at segregation in housing
The nation's head of urban housing policy announced new regulations Wednesday aimed at fulfilling promises of the 1968 Fair Housing Act by promoting racially integrated neighborhoods. "The truth is for too long federal efforts have often fallen short," Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro said at a news conference next to new public housing apartments and a playground on Chicago's South Side. Walk.com
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New Orleans ranked 2nd best U.S. city by Travel + Leisure
Travel + Leisure readers are again giving New Orleans some love, ranking the city the second best in the U.S. and Canada in the magazine's annual World's Best Awards. New Orleans ranked second to Charleston, S.C. This is the second year New Orleans has laid claim to the second spot on the list, ranking ahead of such cities as Savannah, Ga., San Francisco, Chicago and New York. NOLA.com
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Cassidy bill to expand drilling off Florida's coast draws rebuke by GOP-led House
WASHINGTON – Sen. Bill Cassidy's bill to expand drilling to areas off the Florida coast suffered a setback this week when the Republican-led House approved a measure that continues current policy, which puts the state off limits to oil and gas exploration through 2022. NOLA.com
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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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There Are Places Where Electric Cars Pollute More Than Gas Guzzlers
The idea that gasoline cars might cause less environmental harm than electric vehicles seems impossibly backwards. But consider the following thought experiment before you dismiss it out of hand. A view from the tailpipe gives EVs a clear edge: no emissions, no pollution, no problem. Shift the view to that of a smokestack, though, and we get a much different picture. The EV that caused no environmental damage on the road during the day still needs to be charged at night. This requires a great deal of electricity generated by a power plant somewhere, and if that power plant runs on coal, it’s not hard to imagine it spewing more emissions from a smokestack than a comparable gas car coughed up from a tailpipe. Mother Jones
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 Randle Report - Business News in the South

For those who still languish over "losing to China" or believe that the economy is still in recession, wake up and smell the data. Economic development in the South was about as good as it gets in calendar year 2015 according to the data. And as for China, borrowing a quote from the late football coach Bear Bryant that he made in the half-time locker room down 15-0 to Georgia Tech in 1960, "We got 'em right where we want 'em." For those of you who don't know the rich history of Alabama Crimson Tide football, Bama scored all of its 16 points in the fourth quarter, kicking a field goal on the last play of the game to beat Tech 16-15.
 

 Randle Report - Business News in the South

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By Mike Randle
Today, factories in the U.S. make twice as much product as they did in 1984. And they are doing it with one-third of the manufacturing workforce. In fact, the output of durable goods in 2015 was the highest in the nation's history. So, we do have a strong manufacturing base, at least in the South, much of the Midwest and parts of the West, and it is getting stronger because on a cost-basis, we can compete with any major manufacturing nation in the world.  
 

 Randle Report - Business News in the South

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The argument for or against a minimum wage hike continues between the reds and the blues, as well as within the economic development community in the South. Should we stay the course with a minimum wage under $8 an hour to better compete with Mexico, the South's biggest competitor for jobs, or set a minimum wage just over $10 an hour, a wage floor most centrists support? That $10 per hour is, according to the MIT Living Wage Calculator, about right in most states in the South for one adult to be able to cover basic expenses plus all relevant taxes.
 
 Randle Report - Business News in the South
Recent data from the Computing Technology Industry Association (Comp TIA) showed that the technology industry is one of the fastest growing job generators in the South and the nation. The report also indicated that technology job compensation is growing faster than any other sector.
 


 

 

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