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‘Religious liberty’ fight returns to Georgia Capitol
Legislation reigniting the fight over religious freedom has been filed in the Georgia Senate, but Gov. Nathan Deal’s office made it clear Tuesday it will meet the same fate as its precesessor a year ago if it passes. Sen. Marty Harbin, R-Tyrone, on Tuesday filed Senate Bill 233, which stops far short of the wide-ranging “religious liberty” bill that Deal vetoed in 2016. Harbin’s bill says that the language in the federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act would also apply in Georgia. Atlanta Journal Constitution
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It’s Your Move: Critical Considerations When Relocating Corporate Headquarters
The improving economy is making it more financially feasible for companies to relocate their corporate headquarters, but such a move calls for careful consideration of a variety of factors that will determine the ultimate success — or failure — of relocation. Area Development
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The 3 Best States for Retirement – and the 3 Worst
For many retirees, saying goodbye to the nine-to-five provides the first opportunity in decades to think about moving to a new spot. Recent research from AgeWave and Merrill Lynch finds that Baby Boomers are now entering the “freedom threshold” -- free from many of the financial and family responsibilities of home, with fewer limits on where they’re going to live. The Fiscal Times
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When is college worth it?
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- For decades, it’s been a pathway to life: go to college, get a degree and get a job! But college isn’t for everyone, and the cost isn’t possible for many young people-- people like Lynette Munez, who says, “Being honest about where I am in life financially, I couldn’t say that college is the right choice, because it was not.” Wcnc.com
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Trump Deportation Threats to Constrict Already-Tight Job Market
President Donald Trump’s sweeping crackdown on undocumented immigrants will strain an already tight U.S. job market, with one study suggesting that removing all of them would cost the economy as much as $5 trillion over 10 years. That represents the contribution of the millions of unauthorized workers to the world’s largest economy, about 3 percent of private-sector gross domestic product, according to a recent paper issued by the National Bureau of Economic Research. At an average of $500 billion in output a year, removing all such immigrants would be like lopping off the equivalent of Massachusetts from the U.S. economy, said study co-author Francesc Ortega. Bloomberg
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Job insecurity may be what pushes people toward extremism
“Will I lose my job in the near future?” For most people this is an unpleasant scenario to ponder, and for many it is a real and pressing concern. Since the financial crisis, more than half of all jobs created in the European Union have been through temporary contracts. Business Insider
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Lexington is the country’s third least diverse large city, according to recent study
Lexington was ranked the third least diverse large city in the United States in a study released Wednesday. Lexington ranked 58th out of 60 large cities of 300,000 population or above, with 1st being the most diverse, according to the WalletHub study. The 501 most populated U.S. cities were evaluated and broken up into groups of large, midsize (100,000 to 300,000) and small (fewer than 100,000). In the overall rankings of the 501 cities, Lexington landed closer to the middle of the pack at 284. Lexington Herald-Leader
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Mark Cuban Says This Will Soon Be the Most Sought-After Job Skill
When Mark Cuban speaks, people listen. The billionaire investor and Shark Tank personality has a slew of wildly successful businesses under his belt. Whether he's commenting on the recent Time Warner and AT&T merger, recommending books for entrepreneurs, or sounding off about the 45th president, the internet hangs on Cuban's every last word. Now his latest prediction about the future of jobs is picking up steam. In a recent interview with Cory Johnson on Bloomberg TV, Cuban presented an interesting argument against people pursuing so-hot-right-now computer science degrees or attending learn-to-code bootcamps. Inc Magazine
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CBRE: DFW's tech leases increase 333% amid Texas' diverse industry growth
Dallas-Fort Worth had a big year for leases last year — especially in the tech industry, which grew 333 percent year-over-year — with a variety of leases landing in nearly every category, according to CBRE research. Dallas Business Journal
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‘Alternative’ Education: Using Charter Schools to Hide Dropouts and Game the System
Tucked among posh gated communities, and meticulously landscaped shopping centers, Olympia High School in Orlando offers more than two dozen Advanced Placement courses, even more afterschool clubs, and an array of sports from bowling to water polo. U.S. News and World Report ranked it among the nation’s top 1,000 high schools last year. Big letters painted in brown on one campus building urge its more than 3,000 students to “Finish Strong.” Propublica.org
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For those who still languish over "losing to China" or believe that the economy is still in recession, wake up and smell the data. Economic development in the South was about as good as it gets in calendar year 2015 according to the data. And as for China, borrowing a quote from the late football coach Bear Bryant that he made in the half-time locker room down 15-0 to Georgia Tech in 1960, "We got 'em right where we want 'em." For those of you who don't know the rich history of Alabama Crimson Tide football, Bama scored all of its 16 points in the fourth quarter, kicking a field goal on the last play of the game to beat Tech 16-15.
 

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By Mike Randle
Today, factories in the U.S. make twice as much product as they did in 1984. And they are doing it with one-third of the manufacturing workforce. In fact, the output of durable goods in 2015 was the highest in the nation's history. So, we do have a strong manufacturing base, at least in the South, much of the Midwest and parts of the West, and it is getting stronger because on a cost-basis, we can compete with any major manufacturing nation in the world.  
 

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The argument for or against a minimum wage hike continues between the reds and the blues, as well as within the economic development community in the South. Should we stay the course with a minimum wage under $8 an hour to better compete with Mexico, the South's biggest competitor for jobs, or set a minimum wage just over $10 an hour, a wage floor most centrists support? That $10 per hour is, according to the MIT Living Wage Calculator, about right in most states in the South for one adult to be able to cover basic expenses plus all relevant taxes.
 
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Recent data from the Computing Technology Industry Association (Comp TIA) showed that the technology industry is one of the fastest growing job generators in the South and the nation. The report also indicated that technology job compensation is growing faster than any other sector.
 


 

 

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