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Dixie is Dead
Dearly beloved, I come not to praise Dixie, but to bury her. Let’s face it: “Dixie” has become one of those empty words whose only purpose is to convey stereotypes. For political pundits, it’s shorthand for White People South of I-64 (or I-40, it depends) Who Vote Republican. (Mysteriously, although black people can be found in vast numbers in Southern states and arguably have more collective sweat equity in the region than anybody, whenever pundits say “Dixie” they are always talking exclusively about white people.)
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South Georgia Counties Ban Together to Boost Economic Development
South Georgia is showing off its power in numbers through 'Locate South Georgia,' an initiative to bring more industries to the region. "Really branding South Georgia, trying to make sure we have a positive image with all the state wide developers," said Darrell Moore, President of the Moultrie-Colquitt Chamber of Commerce. Wctv.tv
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McCrory expresses displeasure with NC 'religious freedom' law proposals
RALEIGH, N.C. — Gov. Pat McCrory told a Charlotte radio host Monday that he opposes a bill that would allow magistrates to opt out of performing weddings and didn't see the need for a broader religious freedom bill. Wral.com
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Economic development bill stalls in NC Senate
Gov. Pat McCrory has dreams of recruiting an automobile manufacturer, thousands of jobs and scores of companies to invest billions in the state’s economy. Journalnow.com
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OUT to LUNCH
The Randle Report is breaking for lunch and making way for a new editor shift. Click on the headline above to access Southern Business & Development's Web site for more detailed information on economic development in the South. Posts will resume at 1:00 pm CDT.
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Report: Job Stats Should Include Broader View Of Manufacturing
U.S. job training efforts and economic statistics should include a broader look at manufacturing processes, according to a recent report by the Brookings Institution. In the report, authors Kate Whitefoot and Walter Valdivia note current manufacturing statistics don't account for services before or after production, from initial research and development to follow-up service and maintenance. Manufacturing.net
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Enviro Tech Chemical Services Dedicates Chemical Services Plant In Helena-West Helena, Arkansas
Enviro Tech Chemical Services, a chemical company focused on food safety and water treatment, dedicated the Enviro Tech Chemical Services plant at the Helena Harbor in Helena-West Helena, Arkansas. Area Development
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Trade-Related Job Loss by State
How many manufacturing jobs have been lost in your state? If you click on your state, you'll find information about total manufacturing job losses and more. We include data from the U.S. government's Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) about the overall loss of manufacturing jobs by state – due to both trade and other causes. Moreover, we include estimates from the Economic Policy Institute (EPI), a D.C. research group, on the number of additional jobs that could have been supported with balanced trade with China and the NAFTA countries. The three separate measures – from the TAA program, BLS and EPI – help provide a fuller picture of the impact of U.S. trade policy on jobs in your community. Citizen.org
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Santa Rosa Industrial Park brings business, new jobs
With several companies already settling in at the Santa Rosa Industrial Park in East Milton and another three expected in the coming months, the county-owned complex is slated to be near capacity for the first time ever by the end of this year. Pnj.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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