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Job forecast looking up for La.
The future employment outlook for Louisiana has changed, thanks to a booming petrochemical industry and continued growth in the healthcare sector. The Advocate
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Destin, Chamber of Commerce plan economic development partnership
DESTIN — The city and Chamber of Commerce are working to come up with a strategy to spur economic development. “Economic development has to be localized for Destin and a plan created for Destin,” said Shane Moody, president and CEO of the Destin Area Chamber of Commerce. “We want Okaloosa County to stay on the map as well, but when small, high-tech businesses are looking for a place to locate, we want them to think about Destin.” nwfdailynews.com
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Economic development agreement calls for 450 jobs to come to western Kentucky
PADUCAH, Ky. — Paducah Economic Development officials say they've signed a deal that will bring 450 jobs to the area. The Republic
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Energy expected to provide economic development in Ga.
ATLANTA — The investment in Georgia pine-pellet factories could triple to $3 billion soon, and the number of jobs in the energy-conservation industry here could double to 14,000, according to a pair of forecasts presented last week at the World Energy Engineering Congress. Athens Banner Herald
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Why Economic Growth Happens in Same Places and Not in Others?
Have you ever wondered why, sometimes, poverty continues to increase in countries that grow super-fast? Take the case of India, a model of economic take-off. The number of Indians living on less than $1.25 a day (yes, $1.25 a day, that's how poor the extremely poor are) went up in the 30 years through 2005 -- from 420 million to over 450 million. Huffington Post
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Louisiana unemployment numbers continue to drop
Unemployment claims continued to decrease in Louisiana during the week ending on Oct. 27, when 2,568 new applicants filed for unemployment insurance, down from 2,891 during the previous week. The number also was lower than the comparable week in 2011, when workers filed 3,435 first-time unemployment claims, according to the Louisiana Workforce Commission. Times-Picayune
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Oil industry seeks to intervene in environmental lawsuit over chemical dispersants
WASHINGTON -- An oil industry association is seeking to intervene in a federal lawsuit in which environmental groups are pressing for stricter standards for chemical dispersants like those used to help stem the 2010 BP oil spill. In a brief filed with the federal District Court in Washington D.C., the American Petroleum Institute says any new restrictions on dispersants can impact oil spill response plans required as part of the federal permitting process. Times-Picayune
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Arkansas county begins strategic growth planning process
A strong county strategic plan is a road map to success, one that maximizes assets and marginalizes weaknesses. Paragould Press
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Hotel investor looks to acquire Osler Building in Oklahoma City
Paul Coury, owner of Tulsa-based Ambassador Hotels, is preparing to add to his growing chain of properties with the acquisition of an historic hotel in Oklahoma City. The executive plans to close on the Osler Building, empty since it was acquired by MidTown Renaissance Group in 2006, by December. Coury envisions reopening it late next year as an Ambassador-branded holding. Tulsa World
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Someone hung up on me while I did an interview for this edition. That hasn't happened to me since Dave Cooley – then the President of the Memphis Chamber of Commerce – hung up on me in about 1993. I was horrified by Cooley's action because I was new at economic development journalism in 1993. After all, Cooley was a legend, and I can still hear him say things that would eventually pave the way to the practice of regionalism, such as "There's no fence around this damn thing!" In addition to being a legend, Cooley was also hard to deal with.
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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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