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The Reynolds-Lorillard deal: What about jobs, consolidation? (SLIDESHOW)
Details on how the proposed $27.4 billion merger between Reynolds American Inc. and Lorillard Inc. could affect local jobs and potential consolidation remain murky. Triangle Business Journal
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Is There Substance In Walmart’s ‘Made In America’ Pledges?
This past week, Walmart announced some big “Made in America” promises, including addressing ways to support American jobs, stocking more domestic products and new grants. Unfortunately for manufacturers, the promises and declarations are mostly empty. Manufacturing.net
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The 20 jobs that robots are most likely to take over
Machines are only getting smarter and more efficient. So much so that they're starting to take over both blue-collar and white-collar jobs. Business Insider
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One Reason It's So Hard to Become a 'Creative Superstar City'
The new economy is a creative one, with knowledge workers increasingly powering innovation and growth. And while creativity is theoretically a limitless resource, a new study finds that a relatively narrow group of metros have emerged as winners in America’s creative economy—and discovers how much ground other metros must gain to catch up with them. Citylab.com
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Home-brewers, beer lovers to converge in Charlotte this weekend
NoDa Brewing Co. will play host this weekend to an American Homebrewers Association event that will offer a taste of what home-brewers in the Charlotte region bring to the table. Triangle Business Journal
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Why the aerospace industry should watch the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction
FedBiz readers have reason to watch the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony, and it’s not for Ringo Starr’s R&D work on “Yellow Submarine.” Bill Withers, the singer-songwriter behind hits like “Ain’t No Sunshine,” “Lean on Me” and “Lovely Day,” is a member of the 2015 class and his story is one that should carry some appeal to anyone who’s spent some time in the aerospace industry. Jacksonville Business Journal
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Breaking: McCrory vetoes 'ag-gag' bill
RALEIGH, N.C. — Gov. Pat McCrory on Friday vetoed a bill that would curb undercover investigations of workplaces, siding with animal rights groups and the AARP, which said it would block employees from blowing the whistle on malfeasance in workplaces ranging from factory farms to nursing homes. Wral.com
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N.C. Gov. McCrory vetoes bill to allow religious exemptions on gay-marriage duties
In a move that puts him at odds with leaders in his own party, N.C. Gov. Pat McCrory has vetoed a bill that would allow magistrates and other officials in North Carolina to opt out of performing same-sex marriages based on their religious beliefs. Charlotte Business Journal
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Atlanta Mayor Reed hires new planning commissioner
Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed has reached across state lines to hire a new planning commissioner for the city. The mayor named Tim Keane commissioner of Atlanta’s Department of Planning and Community Development Thursday, a job that will take him from a similar position with the city of Charleston, S.C. Atlanta Business Chronicle
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The Little Known Toxic Travesty Of Anniston Alabama
Choccolocco Creek in Anniston Alabama is known for its easy whitewater rafting, one of the world’s first hydroelectric dams, and a local resident who donned a cow skull and scared the hell out of passersby on nearby roads. It’s less known for being a toxic waterway that turned fish into mutants. In 1993, a local fisherman caught a severely deformed largemouth bass from Choccolocco Creek, and the truth finally burst into view: For more than 30 years, Monsanto—the world’s largest biotech corporation—had been slowly and consciously poisoning the people of Anniston, Alabama. Honeycolony.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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