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Help wanted: Next-generation STEM jobs
JOHNSON CITY — A question posed at the recent Tennessee Valley Corridor (TVC) Summit may have sounded strange, but it essentially framed the daunting challenge ahead. Timesnews.net
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105 new jobs coming to Calhoun, TN; part of $270M expansion
One-hundred and five new jobs are coming to the Calhoun, TN area as Resolute Forest Products expands their current operations. Wrcbtv.com
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Davidson, Williamson have TN's lowest jobless rates
Of 95 counties in Tennessee, seven in Middle Tennessee, including Davidson, have the lowest unemployment rates in the state. The Tennessean
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Maker culture blooms in Nashville
A few times a month, Tennessee native Clay Bush goes to a local junkyard to salvage seat belts, buckles and airbags from old cars. Bush uses scissors and a utility knife to cut out the used parts. He unloads them at his workshop on Eighth Avenue South before the items are washed and transformed into furniture, bags, wallets and more. The Tennessean
Submitted 1 years 236 days ago

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Florida leads nation in number of self-employed jobs
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) – Florida created the most jobs with people working for themselves of any state in the nation, and positions in real estate and rentals led the way. The state added more than 63,000 new self-employed jobs from 2012 to 2013, according to figures released Wednesday by the U.S. Census Bureau. Winknews.com
Submitted 1 years 236 days ago

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Bobby Jindal's religious freedom executive order: How will it impact business and tourism in Louisiana?
As professionals charged with making New Orleans look good to the outside world prepare bids to host future Super Bowls and college football national championships, will concerns over Louisiana's religious freedom executive order thwart their efforts? NOLA.com
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Bobby Jindal responds to his low presidential poll numbers on ABC's 'This Week'
Gov. Bobby Jindal was asked about his presidential ambitions and poor showing in a recent Iowa poll during an interview on ABC's "This Week" Sunday Morning (May 31.) Jindal said he wasn't worried about being at the back of pack of would-be presidential candidates, because the GOP contender will have to earn his or her nomination. NOLA.com
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HOW BOBBY JINDAL LOST IT ALL
These are not happy times in Baton Rouge, where government officials are desperately trying to plug a $1.6 billion budget shortfall. But even by that standard, Wednesday, April 22, was particularly fraught. In the imposing state capitol that Huey Long built, the Senate Finance Committee was wrestling with a complicated cost-cutting scheme to repeal an inventory tax that businesses pay to local governments and that the state rebates to the businesses, all while promising to somehow make stressed-out local leaders whole. Salon
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DHL Express Invests $108 Million To Expand Its Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport Hub in Covington, Kentucky
DHL Express plans to invest $108 million to expand its hub at the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport in Covington, Kentucky. The global logistics company also plans to create up to 50 new jobs in the region. Area Development
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France-Based 2CRSI Establishes United States Headquarters In Chapel Hill, North Carolina
France-based 2CRSI, specialists in building customized servers for data centers and independent software vendors, is establishing its headquarters for North America in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Area Development
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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.
 
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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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