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Christine Rambo: Work force development impacts economic development
Work force development is an integral but sometimes overlooked component of economic development. It attempts to enhance a region's economic stability and prosperity by focusing on people — their needs and skill levels. By doing so, work force development ensures a qualified work force to sustain and attract businesses while boosting the standard of living for communities. Shreveport Times
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Restructuring plan calls for Kansas City Missouri economic development super board
An ambitious restructuring plan that would replace the many boards running Kansas City’s alphabet-soup mixture of economic development agencies with a single “super board” is the key recommendation in a draft of the long-awaited AdvanceKC reform plan. The super board, which AdvanceKC authors think the Kansas City Council has the power to enact itself, also could lead to eventually merging all the agencies — TIF, DESA, LCRA, PIEA, EEZ, IDA and Port Authority — and their tax incentive programs into one development agency run by a single board. Kansas City Star
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KY Gov. Beshear to Make Economic Development Trip to Germany, France
Governor Steve Beshear will depart today for Europe, with meetings planned in Germany and France to showcase Kentucky’s business-friendly climate and strengthen existing ties with European companies already operating facilities in the Commonwealth. surfky.com
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LA Gov. Jindal, Ameritas Technologies Announce 300-Job Technology Center
BATON ROUGE — Governor Bobby Jindal and Ameritas Technologies CEO Brian Keane announced the company will open an information technology center to provide IT services from the Chase Tower South in downtown Baton Rouge. The center will create 300 new jobs. Southern Governor's Association
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5 Reasons the Super-Rich Need Government More Than the Rest of Us
Wealthy individuals and corporations want us to believe they've made it on their own, without the help of government or the American people. Billionaire financier Sanford Weill blustered, "We didn't rely on somebody else to build what we built." He was echoing the words of his famous predecessor, the formidable financier J. P. Morgan, who spouted, "I owe the public nothing." Alternet
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Another American Century? Stop Lying
Circa 1912, it would've been a phenomenal feat to predict the events and outcome of Word War I, and impossible for anyone on earth to anticipate the rise of Adolph Hitler and Joseph Stalin, the Axis alliance, the bombing of Pearl Harbor, the events of World War II, and America's subsequent place in the world. Nor could any person in pre-World War I America imagine the partition of Europe by Soviet communists, the nuclear arms race, the Cold War or its end. Neither could the British nor the French nor the Germans nor the Japanese nor the Russians nor the Poles anticipate the respective courses they would take over the ensuing nine decades. The Atlantic
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How to Protest the Major Parties Without Throwing Away Your Vote
Writing at the New York Times' Campaign Stops blog, veteran political reporter Thomas Edsall recently compared President Obama's rhetorical strategy during his meteoric rise to the contradictory approach he's taken this year. "There are those who are preparing to divide us, the spin masters and negative ad peddlers who embrace the politics of anything goes," he once said. "Well, I say to them tonight, there's not a liberal America and a conservative America; there's the United States of America. There's not a black America and white America and Latino America and Asian America; there's the United States of America." On so many occasions, Obama asserted that we're "one people, all of us pledging allegiance to the stars and stripes," adding the question, "Do we participate in a politics of cynicism, or do we participate in a politics of hope?" But now? The Atlantic
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Work moving into gear on VW expansion sites in Chattanooga
A Chattanooga panel agreed Tuesday to move ahead with millions of dollars of grading work to prepare for a potential expansion at the Volkswagen plant. "Those areas are where the plant expansion footprint would be," City Engineer Bill Payne told the Industrial Development Board. Chattanooga Times Free-Press
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Court upholds Georgia ban on guns in church
A federal appeals court has upheld Georgia’s ban on bringing guns into places of worship. The Rev. Jonathan Wilkins, a Baptist pastor, and a gun-rights group had argued that church members should have the right to carry guns into worship services to protect the congregation. Washington Post
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Georgia rises out of bottom 10 in national child well-being study
Georgia moved out of the bottom 10 states in the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s annual Kids Count report, but Bibb County is still lagging behind the rest of the state in most areas. Georgia ranked 37th nationally in child well-being, the highest the state has placed in the 23-year history of the report. Macon Telegraph
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Features & Opinion

 Top Ten Places in the South for Relocating California Companies

Reshoring manufacturing capacity from primarily Asia to the South and Mexico is now a common thing to do and it's all about money. When China joined the World Trade Organization in 2001, the average manufacturing wage in China's Pearl River Delta (PRD) was about 58 cents an hour.

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 FEATURE  
By Dr. Glen Fenter
Desperation sometimes masks itself in acceptance. Such was the case for Takelia Carter of Marion, Ark. For Carter, the mother of six school-age children in a low paying job, desperation was normative existence. This was her life in Crittenden County, Ark., deep in the Delta where unfortunately one in four families lives well below the poverty level.
 

 Business News in the South - Randle Report

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By Mike Randle
There are numerous factors driving the new industrial revolution in the South. And it is a revolution, as this manufacturing surge that began in 2007 continues to break records year after year in the total number of large, capital intensive projects. One factor, of course, is that reshoring of facilities back to the U.S. continues to grow each year.
 
 Nashville Mayour Karl Dean

We try to change up the categories in our annual Ten Top 10s section, but we always include the "Ten People Who Made a Difference" category. This year though, we are honoring 12 and you will learn why by reading about this group of folks who have made a difference in the South. Here is our annual list that includes executives, economic developers and politicians who have made a difference in the South's economy.


 


 

 

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