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Creating the right climate: Smallridge helps business grow in Palm Beach Co., FL
Kelly L. Smallridge embraced her childhood playground as the place to not only grow her career, but help the community thrive as a business hub. Smallridge is president and chief executive officer of the Business Development Board of Palm Beach County, "and one of the longest tenured economic development professionals in the state of Florida, having served in this organization for almost 25 years," she says. Sun-Sentinel
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The Secret of the Sauce: What Democrats Need to Know About North Carolina's Kick-Ass Populism
Stretching past scrubby pines and open fields where tobacco once grew, Highway 70 East guides you to a low-slung, red-roofed building where the scent of smoldering oakwood hangs thickly in the air. You have reached Wilber’s, the High Church of old-school barbecue, where whole hogs are slow-cooked over coals, doused with red-pepper vinegar and served to locals with tar-thick accents. Alternet
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Maureen Dowd: Just think no
There's something trying about an unforgiving man suddenly in need of forgiveness. Yet Todd Akin is right. He shouldn't have to get out of the U.S. Senate race in Missouri simply for saying what he believes. He reflects a severe stance on abortion that many in his party embrace, including the new vice presidential candidate. Post-Gazette
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The fall of the mighty Mississippi: river levels affect industry differently in Miss-Lou
Natchez, MS-- The rise and fall of the Mississippi River--which these days is mostly fall--can be a boon or bust for those who draw their livelihood from the waterway. Natchez Democrat
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Drought Leaves Shippers Scraping Bottom to Move on River
The tow boat Major General John Peabody uses to survey his domain as regional head of the Corps of Engineers couldn’t stop last week in Greenville, Mississippi. Businessweek
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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 12:30 pm CDT.
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The South's Best Economic Development Law Firms
If your company is undergoing a site search in the American South, this digital magazine of the South's best economic development law firms is a valuable asset. Southern Business & Development magazine recently conducted a survey of the region's economic development community and the results of the survey can be found in this digital magazine. Find out which law firms are considered the best in the practice of economic development. Click on the headline above. SB&D
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Obama’s Surprise Supporter: A Former Republican Governor
President Obama landed a surprising endorsement ahead of the GOP convention from Florida’s former Republican Governor. Charlie Crist, the Republican-turned-Independent, who had publically criticized the Obama Administration in the past, now gives the president a glowing review, saying he “served as the nation's calm through a historically turbulent storm.” Stateline
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Alabama leads the nation with highest rate of prescription narcotic use
BIRMINGHAM, Alabama -- Alabama has the highest rate of prescription narcotic use in the nation and the fifth-highest prescription narcotic cost, according to a study by Express Scripts, the health care company that manages pharmacy benefits for 1-in-3 Americans. "This is the first time that we've looked at narcotics," said Rochelle Henderson, director of health services research for Express Scripts. The Birmingham News
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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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By Mike Randle
There are numerous factors driving the new industrial revolution in the South. And it is a revolution, as this manufacturing surge that began in 2007 continues to break records year after year in the total number of large, capital intensive projects. One factor, of course, is that reshoring of facilities back to the U.S. continues to grow each year.
 
 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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