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Anti-union vote at Tennessee VW plant: biggest election of 2014, or duh?
How much to read into last week's decision by autoworkers at a Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga, Tenn., to refuse to join the United Auto Workers? Depending on whom you heed, it's either more a more important vote than the forthcoming November elections or it amounts to business as usual (yawn) in the union-averse South. alaskadispatch.com
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Turns Out Anti-Union Volkswagen Workers May Have Screwed Themselves And The South
Volkswagen employees may have made a huge mistake when they rejected union membership on Friday. Employees at VW's Chattanooga plant voted against representation by United Auto Workers, leaving the factory as the only Volkswagen plant worldwide without a formal mechanism for workers' representation. The German "co-determination" model mandates works councils, which connect employees to management, at all large German companies. Following the union vote, the head of Volkswagen's works council told German newspaper Sueddeutsche Zeitung that the automaker would hesitate to expand in the U.S. South. Huffington Post
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Powering Advanced Industries: State By State
More than four years after the Great Recession, America’s economic rebound remains anemic. Despite recently improved forecasts, the nation still faces a job deficit of nearly 8 million, elevated poverty, a negative trade balance, and persistent questions about the competitiveness of its industries and workforce. Clearly, much work is needed to renew the economy by reorienting it away from its pre-crash obsession with consumption and debt and toward a new focus on innovation, technology, exports, and opportunity. And yet who will lead this work? Brookings Institution
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Severe Weather Hits Midwest, Southeast; Tornadoes Reported in Illinois, Georgia
A severe weather outbreak brought dangerous weather to the Midwest and South Thursday night, and the storm system continued to bring the threat of severe storms Friday as it pushed toward the East Coast. Several tornadoes have been reported in Illinois and Georgia by the Storm Prediction Center Thursday night and Friday morning. There were more than 200 reports of wind damage peppered across more than a dozen states Thursday, and nearly 25 reports of hail. weather.com
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All Cities Are Not Created Unequal
Inequality may be the result of global economic forces, but it matters in a local sense. A city where the rich are very rich, and the poor very poor, is likely to face many difficulties. It may struggle to maintain mixed-income school environments that produce better outcomes for low-income kids. It may have too narrow a tax base from which to sustainably raise the revenues necessary for essential city services. And it may fail to produce housing and neighborhoods accessible to middle-class workers and families, so that those who move up or down the income ladder ultimately have no choice but to move out. Brookings Institution
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Income inequality: Among US cities, bigger ones are more unequal (+video)
“It turns out that big cities are more unequal places than the rest of the nation,” says Alan Berube, senior fellow at the Brookings Institution Metropolitan Policy Program and the author of the report, in an e-mail to The Monitor. “But not all cities are equally unequal,” he says. Christian Science Monitor
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Atlanta’s incomes most unequal of any U.S. city
As the gulf between rich and poor drives a national debate, a new study released Thursday found that Atlanta is the most unequal city of all, ranking first among 50 cities examined. Atlanta Journal Constitution
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Things I learned during the Alabama Legislature's Ten Commandments debate today
Should Alabamians be able to hang the Ten Commandments in public buildings, including schools and courthouses? Rep. DuWayne Bridges, R-Valley, wants to give Alabamians an opportunity to decide at the ballot box, and this week he again introduced a bill to send an amendment of the Alabama Constitution to voters. The debate over the bill was, to say the least, as interesting as it was meandering. Here are a few things I learned about morality and Biblical history while listening to the debate. AL.com
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8 tips for getting a job at Alabama's new Remington plant
HUNTSVILLE, Alabama - Here are eight tips to getting employable for the new Remington plant that will open in Huntsville as soon as 2015. The plant will employ 2,000 people at peak production. Based on interviews with experts (see below), this isn't the only way to go, but it's a way you can start moving toward a new job. AL.com
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Take this (federal) job and shove it: Survey shows government workers have had enough
re you a federal employee fed up with furloughs, pay freezes and financial uncertainty? If so, you're not alone. A new online poll by PulsePoll by Market Connections Inc. and FierceGovIT shows 50 percent of federal employees are considering changing careers. Workers cite a variety of reasons for their unhappiness, ranging from frustration with current work environment and concerns about "brain drain" hurting mission effectiveness. AL.com
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 Top Ten Places in the South for Relocating California Companies

Urban areas have all kinds of assets that are easy to spot. They have the population, so the labor shed is not usually an issue. Urban areas are also connected by better roads, rail and air service and many have river and deep water ports. Usually Internet access and other forms of communication are more efficient in urban areas. And you have a larger array of quality of life options to choose from, such as the cultural assets found in metropolitan areas.
 

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By Mike Randle
The belief that "80 percent of all new jobs come from existing business and industry" is an out-of-date, old-fashioned fabrication. I have no idea how it started, where it started, or who said it first, but there are professionals in economic development as well as leaders of government in the South who actually believe that each year, 80 percent (why 80 percent I don't know, either) of all new jobs are created by existing business and industry. I hear it all the time and I just roll my eyes. There is nothing static in economic development but this: 100 percent of all lost jobs come from existing business and industry. That, and of course 100 percent of the time site consultants never pay for a meal.
 

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According to Chinese theory, yin is a passive, negative force and yang is an active, positive force. Chinese philosophers believe that the opposing forces aren't really contradictory. Instead, they are interconnected and complimentary, interacting to create a balance in one's life. 
 
 Nashville Mayour Karl Dean
The Annie E. Casey Foundation's KIDS COUNT report was released in the summer quarter. I try to read it every time it comes out since I find it to be the best indicator of child poverty, a statistic everyone involved in economic development needs to be aware of. The Annie E. Casey Foundation is a charity that supports disadvantaged children. 
 


 

 

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