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Texas towns consider deep makeovers to prepare for inevitable oil field bust
LA VERNIA, Texas -- Crumbling streets, stark storefronts and disappearing sidewalks are the hallmarks of many rural communities in the Eagle Ford Shale. No more, if designs laid out in a series of vision plans are brought to fruition. eenews.net
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$60M Texas high school football field closed due to structural flaws
A North Texas high school's $60 million stadium that has been shut down since February amid structural flaws will remain closed through the fall football season. The Allen Independent School District on Tuesday announced consulting engineers found "significant" structural problems at Eagle Stadium. Fox news
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NASA forced to retreat as rising sea levels threaten operations
Sea level rise is threatening the majority of NASA’s launch pads and multi-billion dollar complexes famous for training astronauts and launching historic missions to space, scientists said Tuesday. From Cape Canaveral in Florida to mission control in Houston, the US space agency is busily building seawalls where possible and moving some buildings further inland. Rawstory.com
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Modern Dust Bowl: In Severe Drought, Some Texas Cities Could Run Out Of Water
More than 30 Texas water suppliers could run out of drinking water in 45 to 90 days as the drought in the state worsens. No residents will go without water, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality said Wednesday, and if a supplier runs out, then water will be trucked in. Most of the suppliers are located in rural areas or outside of large metropolitan areas, with the worst situations in West and Northwest Texas — the driest of the areas affected by a yearslong drought. Some parts of West Texas are now drier than the 1930s Dust Bowl. Keranews.com
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'I hope people reading this will send us their resumes:' Remington CEO talks Alabama move
The head of Remington Outdoors said his company was courted by 24 different states trying to woo the gun maker's new mega-production facility. The company eventually selected Alabama as its new production home, a move he said was prompted by both the state's pro-gun and pro-business environments. AL.com
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Ray of hope? After years of decline, Birmingham, Mobile post modest population gains
As a measure of population growth, Birmingham's net gain was barely a blip – 672 people between July 2012 and July 2013. Mobile's was even more modest: The city added 11 people, for a .01 percent growth rate. For city leaders in both places, though, the population estimates released Thursday by the U.S. Census Bureau are important not for the quantity but the direction. Both cities have struggled with declining populations for years. AL.com
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Forget State Birds: South Carolina Makes Woolly Mammoth its State Fossil
The woolly mammoth is now the state fossil of South Carolina, thanks to a third-grader. Following months of pushback in the South Carolina Senate from creationist state legislators who opposed the idea, Gov. Nikki Haley designated the Columbian mammoth as the official state fossil last week. Mashable.com
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SC HOUSE PROPOSES MAJOR ETHICS UPGRADE
Lurking in the background of the Palmetto political scandals that have swirled around S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley and (more recently) Speaker of the House Bobby Harrell has been a key structural deficiency related to the state’s system of accountability. We’re referring of course to the “cover-up committees” in the S.C. House and State Senate that have enabled current legislators to sit in judgment over their colleagues (and former colleagues). Fitsnews.com
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That's The Randle Report for Wednesday, May 21, 2014
Join us again tomorrow morning for all of the American South's business, economic development and political news in real time and in one place. Use the sort buttons or the search window above to find your favorite stories from yesterday, last week, last month or last year. Click on the headline to access Southern Business & Development magazine.
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A deeper dive on Project Magellan: Taking flak and taking questions
There's a very sweet lady who lives across the street from me in Suntree. She's a longtime Brevard County resident. Maintains a nice lawn. Goes to church each week and keeps an eye out for strange activity in the neighborhood. And she has paid taxes for many, many years. Question: If she was inclined, should she take credit for Project Magellan, aka Northrop Grumman's expansion at Melbourne International Airport? My take: Why not? Her tax dollars were used in sealing the Northrop Grumman deal so she gets as much credit as other taxpayers should. Florida Today
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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.
 

 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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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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