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From Sewing to Analyzing: The Historical Shift in Urban Work
At the height of the industrial era, urbanization was powered by the concentration of industry in cities. The rise of manufacturing brought huge waves of migration, as rural workers sought factory jobs in burgeoning industries located in cities. Boston grew as a center for textile and boot and shoe production. Pittsburgh grew as a center for steel-making. Detroit grew around automotive products. So day after day, these 19th century city dwellers engaged in exactly the kind of tasks memorialized by Charles Dickens and Upton Sinclair: braiding, sewing, threading, etc. The Atlantic Cities
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Georgia risks passing up millions of dollars in funding to stop foreclosures
Mark Harris always wanted a house with a two-car garage and a fireplace. In 1996, the U.S. Army veteran and commercial truck driver finally got his wish when he left Cascade Heights and moved into a ranch-style home on Dunwick Drive in Avondale Estates. Creating Loafing
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God-Given Economic Development
Mississippi is making a concerted push to capture some of the enormous money in the health-care industry. That push, however, doesn't include what experts deem two of the most vital aspects of creating a health-care economy: healthy, well-educated citizens. Jackson Free-Press
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Development could bring 20-fold population boom to Pittsboro NC
PITTSBORO, N.C. — Often viewed as the epitome of quaint, small-town living, Pittsboro could become the region's next boom town. Chatham Park, a multi-use development covering more than 7,000 acres on the east side of town, has already received a recommendation from Pittsboro's planning department. The town's Board of Commissioners is expected to review the master plan Saturday and could vote on rezoning the area for development as soon as Sept. 9. WRAL.com
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Clean energy firm seeks incentives in Palm Beach County to bring hundreds of jobs
A clean energy company identified only as “Project Gas” is seeking public incentives to create 120 to 330 jobs in Jupiter and build a new facility. South Florida Business Journal
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Cagle visits Kia plant in Georgia
WEST POINT, Ga.— After nearly three years away, Georgia’s Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle returned to Kia Motors Manufacturing Georgia site in West Point. OAnow.com
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Auburn native named Opelika Economic Development Department’s new project manager
Opelika’s Economic Development Department welcomed Auburn native Blake Walley as its new project manager last week. “Blake will help support our efforts to recruit new business and industry to Opelika as well as assist our existing industries,” explained Opelika Economic Development Director Lori Huguley. “We are excited to have him on board and part of our team.” OAnow.com
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Rep. Rogers touts AL aerospace industry in Lee County visit
Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Saks) believes Alabama and Lee County are soaring to new heights in aerospace manufacturing. OAnow.com
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Proposed widening of I-85 would aid economic development, lawmakers say
COLUMBIA, SC — Anderson County lawmakers are asking the state to consider widening Interstate 85 from the Georgia line as a means of economic development and easing eventual traffic gridlock. Greenvilleonline.com
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Sequestration Decimates Government Workforce
The media and public can’t wait to see the changes in U.S. civilian workforce statistics. After all, we all care about jobs. However, despite some interesting details, the public generally doesn’t discuss the federal government’s workforce. Theepochtimes.com
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Features & Opinion

 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.
 

 Randle Report - Business News in the South

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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.
 

 Business News in the South - Randle Report

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After I finished the cover story for this issue, I read an interesting article by economist Paul Krugman, the op-ed columnist for the New York Times, titled, "Partying like it’s 1995." Generally I side with Krugman, even though I am a journalist, not an economist. Occasionally, though, I read some of his stuff and ask myself, "What planet did Krugman come from?" Like when he predicted a shift of automotive assembly to Canada after Toyota announced a new plant in Woodstock, Ontario in 2005 because of "free healthcare," among other benefits. That Toyota deal was the last major automotive assembly plant announced in Canada and I predict it will be the very last one for the Canadians.
 
 Nashville Mayour Karl Dean
If you have ever seen one of my presentations, then you know about the word "reshoring" and how that phenomenon has lifted the spirits of even the most skeptical Southerners regarding the future of the region's economy. After all, in the last four decades, manufacturing has suffered a bloodletting never before seen in U.S. history. The biggest factor behind the slow and long meltdown that began in the 1990s was the herd mentality to offshore manufacturing capacity to cheaper locales, primarily by U.S.-owned companies.
 


 

 

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