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DeKalb GA biomass plant approved
Georgia environmental regulators have signed off on an alternative energy project in DeKalb County. The state Environmental Protection Division has issued an air permit to South Carolina-based Green Energy Partners LLC to build and operate a plant that will convert biomass into electricity. Atlanta Business Chronicle
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New Trader Joe’s distribution point offers glimmer of hope for Memphis
Could a deal in Texas bring a Trader Joe’s in Memphis one step closer to reality? The Dallas Morning News reported the upscale grocery chain has picked Irving, Texas for a distribution center. Memphis Business Journal
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Lower tax rate, but more taxes to pay in N.C.?
Expect lots of huffing and puffing on all sides about fairness, jobs, the economy — and maybe even mom and apple pie before its all said and done — over the question of reforming North Carolina's tax code. Triangle Business Journal
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Update: Comcast to shut down Orlando call center, lay off 260
Comcast’s cable division will lay off 260 workers and shut down its call center at 8415 South Park Circle, according to a letter obtained May 8 by Orlando Business Journal. Orlando Business Journal
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FreshPoint laying off 79 in Jacksonville
FreshPoint North Florida plans to lay off workers this summer, according to a Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification notice filed with the state. Jacksonville Business Journal
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Wallis State Bank wants to grow in 'vibrant' Dallas market, CFO says
Wallis State Bank has long envisioned a footprint in the “Texas triangle” — Houston, San Antonio and Dallas — but the bank on April 29 finally established a spot in the triangle’s north tip. Houston Business Journal
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Senate Panel Rejects Major Challenge to Immigration Bill
A sweeping immigration bill survived an early test Thursday as two Republican authors of the legislation sided with Democrats to vote down an amendment that would have strengthened border security provisions in the bill. Supporters of the legislation said the real effect of the measure would have been to indefinitely delay citizenship for the estimated 11 million people living here illegally. Newsmax
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Which States Have the Highest Hospital Prices? 3 In the South
Hospitals in California, New Jersey and Nevada generally list the highest prices of any states nationally for the most common diagnoses and treatment, according to a Governing analysis of data released Wednesday by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). Governing.com
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How Generation X is Shaping Government
Acouple of months ago, the city of San Mateo, Calif., finished a small experiment. Planning to renovate the playground at one of its most popular community parks, it put a set of proposed designs online for a month and invited public comments. Some 130 people from around the city batted ideas back and forth, remarked on what they liked and didn’t like in the designs, and made suggestions. The playground needed shade, they agreed, and water fountains reachable by little kids. Governing.com
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The insurance exchanges are coming –– but what will that mean?
Oct. 1 is a big milestone for the Affordable Care Act. That’s when open enrollment begins for the ‘‘marketplaces,’’ the insurance exchanges where individuals and small businesses will get health coverage under the 2010 law. Renard Murray is well aware of the upcoming calendar. Murray is the regional administrator for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services in both the Atlanta and Dallas (Texas) regions. He will be in charge of the federally run insurance marketplace in Georgia and six other states in the Southeast. And Murray, who hails from Louisiana, will be working with the exchanges in the Dallas region, which consists of Texas, New Mexico, Louisiana, Arkansas and Oklahoma. georgiahealthnews.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 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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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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