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Reviving U.S. Manufacturing
America has been a very weak competitor in the game of globalization and has not used its power or legal rights to improve American manufacturing. I don’t mean protectionist policies, I mean competing with foreign countries within the rules and guidelines in the agreement they signed with the World Trade Organization, to simply level the playing field. This includes incentives for American corporations that create jobs and make investments in the U.S. Manufacturing.net
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One-On-One: Gov. Steve Beshear
Governor explains why developing a skilled workforce and enhancing healthcare are important factors in growing the state’s economy. Lane Report
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The Case for a Temporary Corporate Tax Cut
ROBERT PROFUSEK: U.S. companies have deleveraged and built up an unprecedented amount of cash since the financial crisis. However, aftershocks of the financial crisis and investor hunger for yield in a low interest-rate environment combined to make many companies reluctant to invest. As a result, at least until this year’s M&A boomlet, many U.S. companies have focused on returning cash to shareholders, some $1.6 trillion of it last year alone. Wall Street Journal
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Quality, Cost Are Key Factors in 'Re-Shoring' of Manufacturing Jobs, an Industrial Info News Alert
A growing number of U.S. industrial manufacturers are continuing to "re-shore" projects and jobs due to the higher quality of domestic work, the rising cost of overseas labor and the increased access to lower-priced raw materials in the U.S., Kip Anthony, president of EFE Labs (Horsham, Pennsylvania), told Industrial Info. The "re-shoring" trend is still accelerating, Anthony said, adding the day is not far off when the U.S. could be a net exporter of manufactured goods. Marketwatch
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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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The Fracking Fight's New Front Line
As the U.S. oil-and-gas boom rolls into its second decade, a new idea is starting to resonate with regulators and communities: Certain places should simply be off-limits to drilling. That is not how it has worked up until now. Over the past decade, oil and gas wells have been drilled for hydraulic fracturing in suburban subdivisions, airports, public parks and golf courses. As long as energy companies leased the mineral rights, they could drill almost anywhere. Wall Street Journal
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Dream cars on exhibit in Atlanta — back to the future.
In the auto industry they’re called “concept cars,” and they are glimpses of what we might see in the future in any given showroom. In reality, they’re Dream Cars in the sense that they were born in the dreams of some of the world’s best and most original designers. Houston Chronicle
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Will the EPA’s Climate Plan Lead to a Counterproductive Fracking Boom?
There’s little doubt the Obama administration’s big push to cut carbon pollution, announced this week, will lead to much less coal-fired power in the United States. That’s a good thing. But what if states instead turn to natural gas-powered electricity instead? That’s certainly what the administration would like them to do—it’s explicitly laid out as an alternative in the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed rule, and Obama echoed that suggestion when he spoke on a conference call the day the rule was unveiled. For years, his administration has pushed natural gas as a fundamental part of America’s long-term energy strategy. The Nation
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Will Miami-Dade voters bend to Beckham’s request for public land?
MIAMI — England’s celebrity jock David Beckham wants valuable public property along waterfront Miami to build his dream — a Major League Soccer stadium. But the Urban Environment League says the land is worth hundreds of millions of dollars and shouldn’t be given away Watchdog.org
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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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