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What’s So Great About Manufacturing?
Democrats and Republicans disagree on a lot, but leaders of both parties are as keen now as they were decades ago to embrace manufacturing jobs. G.O.P. Presidential candidates, including Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio, have spoken of a “renaissance” in American manufacturing; Rubio, for his part, told a Los Angeles audience in April that taxes and regulations need to be relaxed to create more factory jobs. Meanwhile, a group of Democratic senators have joined forces with labor unions and some big businesses to support an ongoing campaign, backed by legislation, called Manufacturing Jobs for America (M.J.A.). “America’s manufacturing sector has enormous potential to create new jobs and accelerate our economic recovery,” the campaign declares. New Yorker
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Samet planning third spec building at Triad park
Greensboro-based Samet Corp. is planning a third speculative building at the 600-acre N.C. Industrial Center that it is developing in Mebane as part of an effort to attract high-profile tenants. Triangle Business Journal
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Lincoln Financial expands in Atlanta, will add 'substantial' number of jobs
Lincoln Financial Group will expand a key business unit in Atlanta, a move that could create hundreds of jobs over the next several years. Lincoln (NYSE: LNC) announced on Monday it’s expanding its group protection business and will open a new office by spring, confirming earlier talk that the company was consolidating operations and adding personnel. Triangle Business Journal
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Three new tenants in Miramar Park of Commerce to bring over 500 jobs
The Miramar Park of Commerce signed three new tenants that collectively plan to bring over 500 jobs to the Broward County facility. The biggest lease is 70,164 square feet of warehouse space with ACME Furniture at 9641 to 9633 Premier Parkway. The furniture distribution company plans to employ 100 people there. The company sells mostly home furniture. South Florida Business Journal
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Google Fiber will bolster San Antonio’s economic development efforts, online readers say
High-tech firms will move their operations to San Antonio once Google Inc. completes the rollout of Google Fiber in the local market. That’s at least the consensus so far according to a Business Journal online reader survey. San Antonio Business Journal
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Sensor company to invest $9M in Hampton, bring 66 new jobs
A company that makes sensors is planning to invest $9 million in an expansion that will create 66 new jobs, according to an announcement from Gov. Terry McAuliffe. The Virginian-Pilot
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Macon company looking to fill 200 new jobs
GEICO's Macon office is looking for 200 new employees. The company is hiring positions in sales, service, claims, centralized services and management development, according to a news release. Positions in emergency roadside service are also available. Applicants should have experience in customer service and excellent communication skills, the news release states. 13wmaz.com
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America is working itself to death: How “9 to 5″ became “24/7″
Though it’s a flawed feminist anthem steeped in capitalist dreams and white-collar, middle-class aspiration, Dolly Parton’s 1980 hit song “9 to 5″ still plays as an ode to America’s overworked, underappreciated women workers. There’s a certain timelessness to the list of grievances Parton cites: thankless; credit-stealing bosses; underwhelming paychecks for 78 cents on every dollar made by male colleagues; killing yourself slowly to enrich corporate coffers. Alternet
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Charters transform New Orleans schools, and teachers
It's been 10 years since Hurricane Katrina and the flood-of-floods struck New Orleans. In the following decade, the city has transformed it public schools, housing and business community. Marketplace Morning Report host David Brancaccio traveled to the city to explore what these vast changes mean for New Orleans and the country. Marketplace.org
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10 Trending US Cities For Tech Jobs And Startups, See Which Are Southern
Traditionally actors headed for Hollywood while techies made a beeline for Silicon Valley. But times are changing, and with technological job opportunities expanding (Infographic), new hotspots are emerging that offer fantastic opportunities for tech jobs and startup companies in the industry. Cludtweaks.com
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Features & Opinion

 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.
 

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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.  
 

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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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