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The Callow Way – On Tax and Fraud in Film
The tax incentives offered by various countries, and some US states, to film and TV production companies have been a good thing. Maybe not in if you live in Los Angeles, which has seen a decline in projects being shot there in the past few years, but it means films are as likely to be shot in London or Hungary Bayoubuzz.com
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Texas slashes game and film incentives
Dispute between sectors results in significant cuts State legislators in Texas have proposed deep cuts from its Moving Image Industry Incentives Program designed to fund film, TV and game projects. The scheme had been running since 2008 and provided companies with approximately $150m in incentives. This has brought in spending of $1bn by companies in the area. Develop-online.net
Submitted 1 years 236 days ago

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Film Credits A Blockbuster For Georgia
When I was a kid, I thought Georgia became famous because Bert Reynolds filmed Smokey and The Bandit here. When I was in High School I recall a few scenes of Fried Green Tomatoes being filmed in our local Winn Dixie parking lot. Savannah got a huge tourism boost in my twenties when Midnight In the Garden of Good and Evil was released. Peachpundit.com
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Landowners form a pipeline rebellion in the Deep South
When the letter arrived from a Texas pipeline company asking permission to enter his land, Alan Zipperer refused to allow surveyors onto his property. But they came anyway, he said, traipsing through his corn fields and pine forests and sticking wooden stakes in the low-country land his family has owned since the 1700s. "I don't want a private company to build a gasoline pipeline in my front yard — or anywhere on my property," he said. "They told me the same thing they told others: 'We're a big company, we're coming, and the state of Georgia can't stop us.'" Zipperer, 60, is one of many Southern landowners challenging the nation's largest energy infrastructure company, Kinder Morgan, as it plans to run a petroleum pipeline through 360 miles of bottom land, river forests and freshwater coastal wetlands across South Carolina, Georgia and Florida. Los Angeles Times
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Flooding is costing Texas a lot of money
Severe storms in Texas this month have caused at least $27 million in infrastructure damage. Texas transportation officials Sunday said the figure is expected to rise as the state continues to tally damages caused by extreme weather during the past week, the Associated Press reported. Business Insider
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More Flooding In Texas As Death Toll Rises
DALLAS/SAN ANTONIO-- Rain caused flooding on roads in parts of Texas on Saturday, an official said, after severe weather killed at least 23 people during the week and prompted U.S. President Barack Obama to declare a disaster in the state. Huffington Post
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Wal-Mart Going Small in Small-Town Arkansas
Small towns in Arkansas love small Walmarts; vendors may be a little more ambivalent. When Wal-Mart Stores Inc. of Bentonville announced a few years ago it planned to open a prototype 13,700-SF Express store in Gentry, Mayor Kevin Johnston said concerned citizens feared that the coming of the retail giant would crush competitive commerce in the city. Johnston said there were town meetings with small-business leaders to discuss the situation. Arkansasbusiness.com
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Innovate Arkansas Firms Experiencing Success
Since its inception in 2007, Innovate Arkansas has counseled and mentored hundreds of Arkansas tech startups, placing them in position to succeed and create high-paying jobs. With about 85 currently active client companies, IA continues to nurture tech entrepreneurs and help grow the state's budding tech startup ecosystem. Arkansasbusiness.com
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Sen. Shelby and Congress need to protect Alabama jobs, renew Export-Import bank
The term level playing field in the world of sports is also applied to business, politics, and anything, really, that is construed as uneven, slanted, or unfair. Currently there's a contest – but it's not a game – that could result in an un-level playing field for thousands of manufacturers and businesses including nearly 90 in Alabama that compete internationally. AL.com
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Mercedes part supplier adds 145 jobs in production, forklift operation
Rehau, a Cullman auto supplier that provides parts to Mercedes Benz and BMW among others, is recruiting workers to operate forklifts and assist in production. AL.com
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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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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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