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Why the South Is the Region With the Fewest Breweries
It may be hard to imagine now, but American ale-drinkers previously had few alternatives to the mass-produced beers that The Economist once (not incorrectly) deemed "fizzy dishwater." In fact, there were only two craft breweries in America in 1977. By 2012, that number had risen to 2,751, and while macrobreweries such as Anheuser-Busch and MillerCoors still dominate America's beer market, craft breweries are estimated to account for about a tenth of the industry's revenues. The Atlantic
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Helping the Unemployed Create Their Own Jobs
Danielle Bliss already had an inkling that she wanted to do something different with her career when she got laid off on New Year's Eve in 2010. For the previous five years, she'd been working for a national television station in New York City, doing on-air animation for the station's overnight shift. In her spare time, she took letterpress-printing classes: a nice, creative hobby for an art school graduate. The Atlantic
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Tesla's new gigafactory will highlight the 2 biggest labor trends in America
Tesla is building a massive gigafactory in northern Nevada. Tesla will build the batteries for its electric cars there, and while the factory is still years from being operational, a report in the Reno Gazette-Journal on Sunday discusses the impact the factory is already having on the region's economy. Business Insider
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Schnurman: Is Texas afraid of going green?
Call it the devolution of Texas. First, lawmakers went after in-state tuition for children of unauthorized immigrants. They want to end the country’s first such program despite its great success. Dallas Morning News
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Texas leads nation in generating export-supported jobs
When it comes to turning trade into jobs, Texas is leading the way. Last year, more than 1.11 million jobs were supported by Texas exports of goods, according to the Commerce Department’s International Trade Administration. That’s 26 percent more than the number of jobs tied to exports in 2009. Expressnews.com
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Mississippi Delta is undergoing a cultural renaissance, but will always be home of the blues
Their sound was three-chord laments born of a history of oppression — simple dirges wailing upon the hardships of life. From humble beginnings in the Mississippi Delta’s black community, the blues would migrate to become a dominant musical genre, influencing not only Americana but also leaping across the Atlantic to inform the sounds of the Rolling Stones, Eric Clapton and others so much so that the British Invasion would effectively sell back to American teens part of their own heritage in the rapidly expanding vocabulary of rock ‘n’ roll. Washington Times
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Holding Boeing accountable
So, why should the state be giving Boeing a tax break in the first place? It's easy to see Boeing's interest. In the most recent tax incentive package passed in late 2013, Boeing stands to receive $8.7 billion in savings as the terms of an earlier tax break in 2003 — which landed Boeing's 787 in Everett — are extended 16 years beyond 2024 to 2040. But the state and employees of Boeing and other aerospace companies also stand to benefit. Heraldnet.com
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18.4% Say They Can't Always Afford Food
Dora Sanchez learned early from her mother how to make her dollars stretch while growing up in a family of 10. That task has become harder and harder through the years as food and living costs have spiraled. Barely taller than a shopping cart, the lively grandmother of two picked up her regular load of groceries Thursday at the Christian Assistance Ministry food bank. A free carton of chai-flavored coffee was an exotic treat. Insurancenewsnet.com
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Cutting social services priority for Missouri GOP lawmakers
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Republican lawmakers are using their large majorities this session to try to limit the social safety net on a number of fronts, despite concerns from Democrats and advocates that the proposals would harm the state’s most vulnerable residents. Washington Times
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Earthquakes Hit Missouri
Earthquakes hit two cities in Missouri this morning, making for a trifecta of concern among residents. The three hit at 1:43 a.m. Eastern Standard Time (EST), according to earthquake trackers. Guardianlv.com
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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.
 

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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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