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Texas Megachurch Pastor: Obama’s Re-election Will Lead To ‘Reign Of The Antichrist’
Texas Megachurch pastor and former Rick Perry supporter Robert Jeffress predicted on the Sunday before Election Day that President Obama’s re-election “would lead to the reign of the Antichrist” in the United States: “I want you to hear me tonight, I am not saying that President Obama is the Antichrist, I am not saying that at all. One reason I know he’s not the Antichrist is the Antichrist is going to have much higher poll numbers when he comes,” said Jeffress. “President Obama is not the Antichrist. But what I am saying is this: the course he is choosing to lead our nation is paving the way for the future reign of the Antichrist.” Think Progress
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Tifton Co. Adding 550 Jobs
Hundreds of new jobs are coming to south Georgia as a food manufacturing company consolidates its operations in Tifton. Bell Plantation makes a low-fat peanut butter powder as well as peanut oil and peanut butter crackers. It’s spending $15 million on a 109,000-square-foot plant. Founder and CEO J.C. Bell said the company will hire about 350 production workers as fast as they can get new equipment installed. “On top of that, we’re increasing our sales force because, in the last year, we have added about 30,000 grocery stores,” Bell said. “So we’re in the process of rolling out to all of those stores.” GPB News
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That's The Randle Report for November 13, 2012
That's a wrap on The Randle Report for today. Feel free to use the sort buttons above or the search window to find your favorite stories from today, last week, last month or in the last year. If you are looking for more information on economic development in the South, click on the headline above to read Southern Business & Development magazine. If you want to keep up with the South's growing automotive industry, go to www.SouthernAutoCorridor.com. If you are looking for sports in the South, go to www.RandleSportsReport.com, or click on the "Sports" tab above.
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Left for dead after hurricanes and BP spill, no place on the globe is seeing more action than the Gulf Coast
We don't know of anyone who has lived in more places on the Gulf Coast than South Alabama-born Jimmy Buffett. The entertainer is also one of the Gulf Coast's most successful businessmen, with ventures in all five Gulf States. It was Buffett's songs "Margaritaville" and "Cheeseburger in Paradise," among others, that helped him launch his career, one that makes this Gulf Coast parrothead about $100 million annually. Margaritaville, the fictitious place where shrimp are on the boil and booze is in the blender, is paradise. And paradise is the American South's Gulf Coast. Yet, Buffett's regional home has had a tough time of late. But like the singer's career, the South's Gulf Coast is resilient. And almost all of its traditional industries – petrochemicals, tourism, manufacturing, fishing, aviation and aerospace – are hoppin' like no year in the region's history, and exports from the Gulf Coast are off the charts. Let's not forget that it was just a few years ago that the Gulf Coast was left for dead after devastating hurricanes and the BP oil spill. Southern Business & Development
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State Based Factors Affecting Inward FDI Employment in the U.S. Economy
Foreign direct investment (FDI) plays an extraordinary and growing role in the global business and represents an integral part of the U.S. economy. The inward FDI constitutes important factor contributing to output growth and employment in the U.S. economy. The United States continues to be the leading destination for foreign direct investment (FDI) and the leading investor in other economies. Kearney’s index ranks World inward FDI and reveals FDI flows and the factors that drive corporate decisions to invest abroad. The major finding in A.T. Kearney's 2010 FDI report indicates that China and United States are the most attractive FDI locations in the world and have achieved unprecedented levels of investor confidence. The United States remains a strong FDI magnet in the World economy. Recently, China, India, and Brazil made the top spots of Kearney’s FDI Confidence Index. www.ssbfnet.com
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Redefining workforce development: Global trade transforming South Alabama hiring, recruitment methods
MOBILE, Alabama – Meeting the unique - and expanding - workforce development needs of southwest Alabama and the Mississippi Gulf coast requires a new way of thinking for a new way of doing business. Local economic development officials such as Troy Wayman are confident, however, the region is “as prepared if not more than any other place in the country” to exceed the employment demands of an increasingly global business community. Mobile Press-Register
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Is Free Rent Enough to Jumpstart a Sleepy Commercial District?
For decades, about five blocks of the South Avondale neighborhood of Birmingham, Alabama, was all but vacant. Once a small, thriving cultural district on the border of affluent sections of the city's Southside, South Avondale's business district had experienced a stunning decline in recent decades thanks to "white flight," population loss, and the closing of industrial businesses that manufactured goods such as cotton and bricks. The Atlantic Cities
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Opting out has its risks in BP case
With the statute of limitations running out for some 25,000 Gulf Coast residents with potential spill claims against BP, it is still not clear how many of them will be allowed to opt out of an already negotiated settlement. Joe Rice, a plaintiff attorney who helped negotiate the $7.8 billion settlement with the oil giant related to the 2010 spill, warned Monday that attorneys for those seeking to opt out in hope of possibly striking a separate deal risk getting nothing for their clients. “I imagine that a lawyer thinks that if he opts out, he will file an appeal and come up with some way to resolve those claims with BP outside the class in some aggregate fashion,” Rice told the Houston Chronicle. “I don’t think BP has any intention of doing that at the current time.” Houston Chronicle
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Richard Florida: What Draws Creative People? Quality of Place
Why do people—especially talented Creative Class people, who have lots of choices—opt to locate in certain places? What draws them to some places and not to others? Economists and social scientists have paid a great deal of attention to the location decisions of companies, but they have virtually ignored how people, especially creative people, make the same choices. This question first began to vex me more than a decade ago. In search of answers, I began by simply asking people how they made their decisions about where to live and work. I started with my students and colleagues and then turned to friends and associates in other cities. Eventually, I began to ask virtually everyone I met. Ultimately, in the mid-2000s, I put the question at the heart of a major survey I conducted along with the Gallup Organization. The same answers came back time and again. Urban Land
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Low incomes, lack of job growth put Alabama near bottom of new state-by-state fiscal rankings
Alabama's fiscal environment is among the least healthy in the nation, according to credit analysts at Conning & Co. Alabama ranked 40th in Conning's "State of the States" report, which was updated earlier this week. As is the case with any business, a state's fiscal health is based on two simple factors: the amount of money it spends, and the amount of money it takes in as revenues through taxation. Within a fiscally healthy state, revenue matches or exceeds spending. al.com
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Features & Opinion

 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.
 

 Randle Report - Business News in the South

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By Stacy Randle
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.
 

 Business News in the South - Randle Report

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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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