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Florida Chamber targets local sick-time laws
The Florida Chamber of Commerce said Wednesday that one of its top legislative priorities this year would be blocking local governments from adopting paid sick-time measures such as the one pending in Orange County. Orlando Sentinel
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Lockheed lays off another 150 workers at Fort Worth plant
FORT WORTH - An additional 150 workers at Lockheed Martin Aeronautics in west Fort Worth received pink slips today, more than doubling the number of layoffs since the first of the year. Employees at the plant have been told that their last day of work is expected to be Jan. 25, Lockheed spokesman Ken Ross confirmed in an email to the Star-Telegram. Star Telegram
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Work under way on first locomotive at GE's Fort Worth plant
Production is under way on the first railroad locomotive to be assembled at the new General Electric facility in far north Fort Worth, plant manager Walter Amaya said Wednesday. "We'll have our first locomotive built by the end of this month," Amaya told about 200 people at a Fort Worth Chamber luncheon. Production of GE's first fuel-efficient Evolution electric-diesel locomotives to be built here began Jan. 2, about two weeks after the city issued a certificate of occupancy. Star-Telegram
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Prediction of the Day: Cities Will Soon Compete to Build Driverless Car Infrastructure
The Transportation Research Board Conference is going on in Washington this week, which means Washington's nerd-per-capita ratio is higher than usual. How high? Panel discussions included "Pavement Marking Management: Best Practices and Safety Benefits" and "State of the Practice in Ground Tire Rubber–Modified Asphalt." The Atlantic
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Dallas becomes a battleground for the better-burger niche
America’s hunger for a burger that offers more than speed, a modest price and middling taste has spawned a growing better-burger niche that now includes at least 50 U.S. restaurant chains. Dallas Morning News
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That's The Randle Report for Wednesday, January 16, 2013
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Manufacturing Expands in U.S. While Inflation Tame as Recovery Accelerates
Production at U.S. factories climbed more than forecast in December and the cost of living was little changed, showing the economy gained momentum entering 2013 while inflation remained at bay. Manufacturing output advanced 0.8 percent after jumping 1.3 percent in November, the strongest back-to-back reading in almost a year, Federal Reserve figures showed today. The Labor Department said its consumer-price index was unchanged last month, capping the third-smallest annual gain in a decade. Bloomberg
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FAA grounds Boeing 787s to address risk of battery fires
Federal officials say they are temporarily grounding Boeing's 787 Dreamliners until the risk of possible battery fires is addressed. The Federal Aviation Administration said Wednesday it will issue an emergency safety order requiring airlines to temporarily cease operating the 787, Boeing's newest and most technologically advanced plane. The agency said it will work with Boeing and U.S. air carriers to develop a plan allowing 787s to "resume operations as quickly and safely as possible." United Airlines is the only U.S. carrier with 787s. It has six. Fox News
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Toyota expansion talk grows louder in Mississippi
We’ve crossed this bridge before, and we’ve worn a good groove over it: Toyota is expanding. No, it’s not official. It’s not even unofficial. But you’ve heard the talk at meetings, grocery stores, restaurants and church: “Did you hear Toyota is expanding its Blue Springs plant?” After all, there are people in town. Contractors. People who build things. They’re snapping up hotel rooms and apartments. They’re staying for a long time to help with the expansion. And, supposedly there are super-secret blueprints at the Toyota plant that only a few people have seen. Soon, there will be helicopters flying in and trucks rolling in bringing new equipment. We’ve heard it all before, and we’ll keep hearing about it. djournal.com
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Mississippi settles lawsuit with defunct solar company Twin Creeks
JACKSON, Mississippi — The state of Mississippi settled a lawsuit Tuesday with Twin Creeks, a California solar panel company that went out of business after the state spent $27.7 million to construct a building for the business in Senatobia and buy equipment, The Associated Press has learned. "I believe we will make a full recovery of state tax dollars through this settlement," Gov. Phil Bryant told The Associated Press, which obtained a copy of the settlement from Bryant's office. "The Mississippi Development Authority is eagerly marketing the building for a new high tech industry to provide jobs and income to the citizens of Senatobia," Bryant said in a statement. Bryant denied the company's request for another $25 million from the state and sought to get money back from Twin Creeks quickly, said his spokesman, Mick Bullock. Mississippi Press
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 Top Ten Places in the South for Relocating California Companies

The America South is home to almost as many residents as the Northeast and the Midwest combined, but even that statistical record is about to be broken. According to a new Census Bureau study that came out in April, 51 percent of the nation's population jump occurred in the South from 2010 to 2013.
 

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Demographer Wendell Cox recently analyzed the largest gains in holders of bachelor's and post-graduate degrees between 2007 and 2012 in the 51 metro regions in the U.S. of 1 million residents or more. The results were published in Forbes magazine and the South dominated the ranking.
 

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This is our annual "Made in the South" issue and it's timely because there is a new player in the South's manufacturing universe. For almost two decades, economic developers and politicos in the South and the U.S. have been chasing Chinese projects with little or nothing to show. Want proof we've been chasing ghosts in China for years? Okay, go ahead and name a Chinese brand that's made in the South? Tick. . .tick. . .tick. Give up?
 
 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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