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What Makes a Community Economically Resilient?
How has Springfield, Missouri been able to continue to add jobs and maintain a lower-than-average unemployment rate through the worst recession in 50 years? I would like to suggest to you that our advantages may originate from three non-traditional (or at least, not-often-considered) sources. Huffington Post
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Missouri department seeks to oust feral pig
The department said Wednesday that wild hogs have been damaging crops and habitat. The agency says they’re especially troublesome during the current drought because they get into shallow farm ponds and streams and pollute the water. Debra Burns, wildlife supervisor for the department’s Kansas City Region, says bands of hogs have been found in west-central Missouri. The department says most of Missouri’s feral hogs have been released illegally by people who intend to hunt them or charge fees for guiding hunters. Kansas City Star
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MO board to consider $86M Ballpark Village plan
State officials will get their first crack at the Cardinals' latest plan for Ballpark Village next week. The $89 million project is set to go Tuesday before the Missouri Development Finance Board, which the team hopes will approve its share of $17 million in state and local tax incentives to help fund the first phase. St. Louis City officials gave their blessing in July. ST. Louis Today
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Hydac breaks ground in new Lincoln Co. NC business park
The first industry to go into Lincoln County’s newest business park is officially under construction. Charlotte Business Journal
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Ralcorp moving pasta unit to St. Louis
Two years after Ralcorp acquired a sizable pasta manufacturer in Kansas City, the company plans to move oversight of its pasta business to its St. Louis headquarters. St. Louis Today
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Go Consumer! The Mixed Picture for Retail Spending
Nobody breaks a pundit’s heart like the U.S. consumer. Since late 2008, these fickle folks have kept economists guessing. One minute, they’re confident. The next, they’re not. Even now, with the U.S. unemployment rate rising to 8.3 percent and Europe edging into recession, Americans are spending again. Sales rose sales rose 0.8 percent last month, according to the Commerce Department, which prompted relief after months of decline. Businessweek
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University of Kentucky opens $20.7 million research lab at Spindletop
The University of Kentucky's Center for Applied Energy Research opened a new laboratory Wednesday that backers called an economic development engine, supporting research and manufacturing of biofuels, solar technology and high-tech batteries. The labs within the building will be "magnets that attract more of the nation's top scientists, researchers and engineers," Gov. Steve Beshear said at an opening ceremony Wednesday. Lexington Herald-Leader
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Atlanta’s Economic Development Agency Launches ‘Start Up Atlanta’
Kasim Reed loves startups. And he wants you to know it. Invest Atlanta, the city’s economic development agency, is launching Start Up Atlanta, a program aimed at boosting entrepreneurship. The initiative will host a web-based platform that visually maps out entrepreneur resources, such as incubators, accelerators, service providers. Atlanta Blackstar
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Company in India plans to spend $7 billion on coal from Kentucky, West Virginia
FRANKFORT — A company in India plans to buy $7 billion worth of coal from Kentucky and West Virginia producers, Gov. Steve Beshear announced Wednesday. Beshear, at a Capitol news conference, called the private partnership "a great example of a new market for Kentucky resources." He noted that he made an economic development trip to India two years ago and will be making another trip soon. Lexington Herald-Leader
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Economic Development Secretary could be LSU system president candidate
Louisiana Economic Development Secretary Stephen Moret didn't dispel rumors Wednesday that he could be a candidate for the LSU system president's job. Shreveport Times
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