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The Other ALECs: A Look at the Lesser Known Stealth Lobbies That Write Bills for Your State
The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) has been the target of increasing public scrutiny and opprobrium - and while the recent defections of several major companies from ALEC suggest public outcry has the power to rein in even the most deep-pocketed players, it would be a mistake to target scrutiny solely at ALEC and its members. Truth-Out
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The Other ALECs' K-12 Education Agenda Exposed
For over 30 years, corporate America and its allies on both sides of the political aisle have carried out an assault on US workers, pushing down wages, slashing benefits and busting unions. But after decades of repeated and near-fatal assaults, the US labor movement has waged a fight back, with teachers in the forefront of the battle. Public schools have become the centerpiece of the struggle. Truth-Out
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Louisiana: Boomtown Casino to add 150-room hotel
BATON ROUGE, La. — Las Vegas-based Pinnacle Entertainment Inc. said Tuesday it will be starting construction on a 150-room hotel at the site of its Boomtown Casino in Jefferson Parish. CBS News
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Arkansas Casino Proposal Facing Long, Tough Odds
A proposal to expand casino gambling in Arkansas looks like a long-shot to make the ballot and it will have to beat the odds to gain passage from Arkansas voters. Talk Business
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AR Republicans Ask DHS, Governor For Medicaid Reforms, Slower Process
Republican legislative leaders in the House and Senate asked the Beebe administration to slow the process for a potential Medicaid expansion and to consider a laundry list of reforms. TalkBusiness
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Low natural gas prices may draw industries to Louisiana
With natural gas at decade-low prices, state economic officials are working to catch a wave of new investment interest from industries eager to tap into the abundant supply of the clean-burning fuel to power their plants. "We're working hard to position ourselves to get a disproportionate share of that new activity," Stephen Moret, secretary of Louisiana Economic Development, said in an interview last week. Times-Picayune
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Christine Rambo: Work force development impacts economic development
Work force development is an integral but sometimes overlooked component of economic development. It attempts to enhance a region's economic stability and prosperity by focusing on people — their needs and skill levels. By doing so, work force development ensures a qualified work force to sustain and attract businesses while boosting the standard of living for communities. Shreveport Times
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Restructuring plan calls for Kansas City Missouri economic development super board
An ambitious restructuring plan that would replace the many boards running Kansas City’s alphabet-soup mixture of economic development agencies with a single “super board” is the key recommendation in a draft of the long-awaited AdvanceKC reform plan. The super board, which AdvanceKC authors think the Kansas City Council has the power to enact itself, also could lead to eventually merging all the agencies — TIF, DESA, LCRA, PIEA, EEZ, IDA and Port Authority — and their tax incentive programs into one development agency run by a single board. Kansas City Star
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KY Gov. Beshear to Make Economic Development Trip to Germany, France
Governor Steve Beshear will depart today for Europe, with meetings planned in Germany and France to showcase Kentucky’s business-friendly climate and strengthen existing ties with European companies already operating facilities in the Commonwealth. surfky.com
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LA Gov. Jindal, Ameritas Technologies Announce 300-Job Technology Center
BATON ROUGE — Governor Bobby Jindal and Ameritas Technologies CEO Brian Keane announced the company will open an information technology center to provide IT services from the Chase Tower South in downtown Baton Rouge. The center will create 300 new jobs. Southern Governor's Association
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Features & Opinion

 Top Ten Places in the South for Relocating California Companies

In growth, companies find themselves in the dilemma of identifying capital to increase capacity and managing opportunity cost where capital may be deferred. This dilemma is amplified as capacity constraints drive a company to complete the site selection process for an expanding or new facility. 
 

 Randle Report - Business News in the South

 FEATURE  
By Dr. Glen Fenter
Desperation sometimes masks itself in acceptance. Such was the case for Takelia Carter of Marion, Ark. For Carter, the mother of six school-age children in a low paying job, desperation was normative existence. This was her life in Crittenden County, Ark., deep in the Delta where unfortunately one in four families lives well below the poverty level.
 

 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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