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Rogers Toy Company Leaves Arkansas, Takes Jobs with It
ROGERS, AR (KNWA) - Arkansas-based toymaker and Walmart supplier, Nuvzn Technologies, LLC is ceasing its manufacturing operations in the U.S. Representatives with the company have announced that 24 full- and part-time positions will be laid off. Nuvzn partnered with Rogers-based Redman & Associates, Walmart and the state of Arkansas to bring back jobs to America, as a part of the "Made in the U.S.A." initiative. Nuvzn, together with Redman & Associates, was awarded a state-funded loan through the Arkansas Economic Development Commission to promote job creation. Nuvzn agreed to invest more than $6.5 million in a new manufacturing and distribution facility in Rogers, Arkansas, which would employ not less than 74 people with an average hourly wage exceeding $18. arkansasmatters.com
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The states with the rudest drivers – and the states that hate them
Call it brusque, boorish or downright barbaric. Whatever you call it, weaving in and out of traffic, laying on the horn and saluting with an upright digit is universally regarded as rude. So who is most guilty of this offensive behavior? Insure.com surveyed 2,000 drivers nationwide to find out. We found that roadway rudeness reaches its zenith in the following 10 states. insure.com
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Dallas developer, Houston builder partner on new residential community near Tiger Woods course
Dallas-based Beacon Land Development is partnering with Houston-based Tipler Design & Build LLC to form Bluejack Properties, which will construct residences near the Tiger Woods golf course, now under construction. Dallas Business Journal
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Radical Fed Doves Actually Took a Middle Path on Interest Rates
There is a good chance that today, Janet Yellen and the members of the Federal Open Market Committee will take a small, tentative step toward raising interest rates from their current levels just above zero. That is not to say rates are going up any time soon, but the FOMC, which sets monetary policy for the central bank, is believed to be at least considering a change in the way it talks about future interest rate increases. The Fiscal Times
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The Randle Report is breaking for lunch and making way for a new editor shift. Click on the headline above to access Southern Business & Development's Web site for more detailed information on economic development in the South. Posts will resume at 1:30 pm CDT.
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Why Americans Aren’t Moving Long Distances Anymore
Fewer than 12% of Americans changed homes in the past year, near the all-time low. But the reasons why people go or stay are changing. TIME
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Big companies agree to cut back on a potent greenhouse gas (+video)
WASHINGTON — The White House on Tuesday announced steps to tackle a potent greenhouse gas used in refrigeration and air conditioning, of which the United States is the world's largest producer, a week ahead of a major UN summit focused on addressing climate change.
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WalletHub: Tennessee ranked low in fairness of tax system
Tennessee ranks low in a new report that looks at fairness of tax systems in each state. Personal finance social network WalletHub.com ranked Tennessee No. 41 in its annual report. nooga.com
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Tennessee, neighbors buck U.S. trend of falling poverty levels
The nation's poverty rate dropped last year for the first time since 2006, but the number of Tennesseans living below the poverty line increased in the most recent two-year period, the Census Bureau said Tuesday. Chattanooga Times Free-Press
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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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