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Houston, Other Cities Poach Police From Detroit's Low-Wage Force
In a Detroit police squad car, Officer Michael Crowder cruises through one of the city's more well-to-do neighborhoods. Crowder says he loves his current assignment — concentrating on a specific neighborhood community. But he notes that these are tough economic times in Detroit, and that's effecting everyone here — including the police. NPR
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Wages Rise and – Surprise – Skilled Workers Are Now Easier to Find
The National Association for Business Economics produced some figures in its quarterly Business Conditions survey yesterday that ought to raise the eyebrows of anybody who has been paying attention to the debates over the pace of the economic recovery and, specifically, the persistently high unemployment rate. The Fiscal Times
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Southern Louisiana is adventure for food and nature lovers
To really appreciate Louisiana’s amazing food, take in the state’s striking landscapes — and vice versa. Daily News
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Why Louisiana Is the Next (and Better) Hollywood
Though known best for crawfish, hurricanes and Mardi Gras, Louisiana is California’s newest film industry rival. Mashable.com
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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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Everything in your house is getting cheaper to buy
Maybe you haven’t noticed, but it’s a great time to buy all the things you need to fill up your house: Furniture, appliances, electronics, dishes and pots and pans. People tend to pay attention to the prices of things they buy all the time, like gasoline, milk and meat. But who can remember what it cost them the last time they bought a washing machine? Marketwatch.com
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Georgia runoff: 5 things to watch
Jack Kingston finished second in the Georgia Republican Senate primary back in May, but he’s the favorite to win Tuesday’s runoff. The longtime Southeast Georgia congressman shored up the support of the third- and fourth-place primary finishers, former Secretary of State Karen Handel and fellow Congressman Phil Gingrey. During the two-month runoff campaign, he’s had millions of dollars in air cover from allies like the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Politico
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Raising the Minimum Wage as an Economic Development Tool
A new report says the 13 states that raised their minimum wages this year are adding jobs quicker than those states that did not. The Associated Press reports data from the Labor Department shows that states which hiked their minimum wage had an average job growth rate of .85% for the first six months of the year. The other 37 states saw an average job growth rate of .61% over the same amount of time. utahpolicy.com
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What to Do About the Jobs-Growth Conundrum
A strange thing is happening in the U.S. labor market: The unemployment rate has been falling much faster this year than it should given the slow underlying pace of economic growth. In fact, the fall in joblessness has exceeded that projected by policy makers and private-sector economists, the majority of whom had expected much faster economic growth. It's a conundrum that policy makers can't allow themselves to dismiss too easily or too quickly. Bloomberg
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 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. 
 

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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.
 
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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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