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Brewers Guild fights to pass bill to make wholesale beer contracts enforceable in Alabama
A new bill that would amend the state's beer franchise law to give Alabama craft brewers the opportunity to enter into enforceable contracts with their wholesalers would alter the beer landscape for small businesses for years to come. SB 128, sponsored by Sen. Paul Sanford of Huntsville, was introduced this month in the Alabama Legislature to allow brewers that account for 20 percent or less of a wholesaler's total sales to amend, modify or terminate its territorial agreement based on the terms of a mutually agreed upon contract. AL.com
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Gov. Bentley to discuss tax plan, incentives with Mobile business leaders Friday
Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley will be at the Mobile Area Chamber of Commerce on Friday morning to offer an update on a number of legislative issues that could affect businesses, chamber officials said. The visit to Mobile comes as the governor is on a roadshow around the state to drum-up support for a pan to remedy the state's budget woes. Bentley will discuss a proposal to revamp economic development incentives and the future state budget, chamber officials said. Last month, he unveiled a plan to plug a hundred million dollar shortfall in the state's budget by raising taxes. On Thursday, he was expected to visit with business leaders in Huntsville. AL.com
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Preston named Arkansas economic development director
An official who had success in attracting jobs and investment to Florida has been named the new director of the Arkansas Economic Development Commission. Gov. Asa Hutchinson on Friday introduced Mike Preston, formerly the director of Government Relations for Enterprise Florida, to the post at a Thursday morning news conference. Hutchinson's office said Preston, 32, was part of an effort that created nearly 150,000 jobs and led to more than $10 billion in capital investment during his time at Enterprise Florida, the state's public-private partnership centered on attracting economic development. ArkansasOnline.com
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Florida Democrat Hits Home-State Governor Over Climate Gag Rule
Florida Gov. Rick Scott is seeing some in-state fire over his reported ban on state agencies using the term "climate change." Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson has introduced an amendment to the Senate budget that would prevent any ban on federal agencies and employees from talking about climate change. National Journal
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How immigration reform would affect small businesses
Immigration reform has long been a divisive issue, as politicians, advocacy groups, and pundits fight over whether Congress should grant legal status to the 11 million undocumented immigrants living in the United States. But there's at least one group that has for the most part reliably remained in favor of taking action: the business community. The Week
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The Fastest-Growing U.S. City Is a Senior Community
The latest estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau are in, and the fastest-growing city in the U.S. is not an oil boomtown or a magnet for new immigrants, but a senior living community outside Orlando, Fla., with a reputation for attracting active retirees. Bloomberg
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US jobs, services sector data point to growth rebound
The number of Americans filing new claims for jobless benefits fell more than expected last week while activity in the services sector hit a six-month high in March, underscoring the economy's solid fundamentals despite a recent softening in growth. Harsh weather, the now-settled labor dispute at the country's busy West Coast ports, softer global demand and a strong dollar undercut growth early in the first quarter. CNBC
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The 10 inhumane laws courtesy of Southern Republicans
The extreme right has been in a state of maximum anxiety during the Barack Obama era. Between growing acceptance for same-sex marriage, the implementation of the Affordable Care Act of 2010, troubling economic conditions (which they blame on the left even though the September 2008 crash occurred under George W. Bush’s failed presidency) and being constantly whipped into a frenzy by Fox News and AM talk radio, far-right Republicans and the Tea Party believe they are “losing their country.” Salon
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Mega-office parks without mega-traffic jams? Dream on, Silicon Valley
A friend who lives just a few blocks away from me in San Francisco’s Mission District used to work for one of the tech companies in Silicon Valley. Each day she would get up and walk to 24th Street and Valencia to join the long line of tech workers that forms there every morning. The major tech buses use the same stops as the city buses, but the passengers are different. She was used to the city buses, where the crowd skewed very young and very old and more than a little crazy. In the tech bus line, no one looked younger than 20 or older than 40. Almost everyone was male. No one was visibly in the middle of a schizophrenic meltdown. On a city bus, odds were high that someone would be singing “Broken Wings” by Mr. Mister at full volume in the seat behind you. On the tech buses, the only sound was the clicking of laptop keys. Grist.org
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Both Democrats and Republicans are unhappy with new fracking rules
WASHINGTON — Republican and Democratic lawmakers in the House have found something in common. Many have issues with the Obama administration’s new regulations requiring companies that drill for oil and natural gas to disclose chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing. Fuel Fix
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Features & Opinion

 Top Ten Places in the South for Relocating California Companies

Just look around at what's happening in the aerospace industry in the American South. Aerospace is really making a move to become one of the region's top two industry sectors. It’s not there yet, but if large project counts are any indication, aerospace may soon challenge the petrochemicals sector as the second largest industry in the region. Never before has the aerospace industry been so important to the South's economy. Oh, what's the No. 1 industry sector in the South? Automotive is, of course. That industry hasn't been challenged much for 25 years in this region, or since we’ve been counting.

 

 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
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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