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New report: D-FW top U.S. market for shopping and retail construction
Traditionally North Texas has been one of the country’s fastest growing retail development markets because, well, we love to shop. But the last few years, that’s not been so much. The recession hit the shopping center development market harder than probably any commercial building sector and it’s been slower to come back than, say, the apartment market where building is booming. Dallas Morning News
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Champion Petfoods USA to open in Logan County; will create 147 jobs
AUBURN, Ky.-– Champion Petfoods USA Inc. plans to open its first U.S. kitchen in Logan County. The company, which specializes in Biologically Appropriate™ pet foods using fresh local ingredients, will create 147 new jobs. Lane Report
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Florence SC airport to be site for industrial development study
FLORENCE, SC - Duke Energy Progress has chosen a 438-acre site at the Florence Regional Airport Industrial Park to study and assess the location for potential economic growth for six months. WMBF.com
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Nixon welcomes auto supplier, 290 jobs to Riverside
Gov. Jay Nixon was back in the Kansas City area Thursday to welcome another new automotive supplier to Missouri and the region: Martinrea International Inc. Kansas City Business Journal
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Mercedes debuts new model, Toyota's award and the UAW retreats in this week's Driving Alabama
Mercedes-Benz has unveiled a concept version of a coupe SUV, a model that will be built at the automaker's Alabama factory. This week at the Beijing auto show, the German automaker debuted the Concept Coupe SUV, which has elements of both an SUV and a coupe. Features of the crossover include a low roofline, 22-inch wheels and a prominent grille. See the photos. AL.com
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No laughing matter: Texas cities rank among least funny in U.S.
Two Texans walk into a bar … Sorry, were you waiting for a punchline? Don't hold your breath: Texas cities rank among the least funny in the U.S. Houston Business Journal
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Economist: Houston economy will stay strong, while Texas will slow down
There's one more reason for the rest of Texas — and the rest of the country — to be jealous of Houston. Houston Business Journal
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T-Mobile call center hiring 100 in Birmingham
T-Mobile U.S. Inc. plans to hire more than 100 full-time employees for its Birmingham call center. Birmingham Business Journal
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Gov. Scott Ensnared in Immigration Debate
TALLAHASSEE-- With time running out on his first term, Gov. Rick Scott entered his fourth legislative session with a limited agenda dealing with education, tax cuts and the state's economy. And as he is locked in what could be a tough re-election fight, the governor is snared in a complicated debate over immigration that has pitted the Republican against members of his own party. Theledger.com
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Rick Perry Dismisses Nevada Rancher's Racist Remarks
In an interview with CBS This Morning Thursday, Texas Governor Rick Perry discussed the situation at the Bundy Ranch in Nevada and racist comments made by the man at the center of the recent standoff there, rancher Cliven Bundy. Perry said Bundy's remarks were a "side issue" and pointed to a land dispute in Texas with the same federal agency Bundy battled in Nevada, the Bureau of Land Management. Business Insider
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 Top Ten Places in the South for Relocating California Companies

Reshoring manufacturing capacity from primarily Asia to the South and Mexico is now a common thing to do and it's all about money. When China joined the World Trade Organization in 2001, the average manufacturing wage in China's Pearl River Delta (PRD) was about 58 cents an hour.

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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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