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Huntsville NASA union leader, national aerospace industry join in calls to end government shutdown
HUNTSVILLE, Alabama - The head of the union representing 1,500 scientists and engineers at Marshall Space Flight Center says the government shutdown is hurting employees and slowing work on tightly scheduled space projects. Saying workers "feel like they're pawns," Marshall Engineers & Scientists Association President George Hamilton said Thursday that "the better analogy is we're the bugs hitting the windshield." al.com
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Tropical Storm Karen: What to expect along the Gulf Coast
There are still many variables in the forecast for Tropical Storm Karen, but as of the 7 a.m. advisory from the National Hurricane Center, it looks like the Gulf Shores or Orange Beach areas could be where the system makes landfall on Sunday. The storm, expected to take a turn to the northeast, had winds of 60 mph and was moving north-northwest at 10 miles per hour. al.com
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Manufacturing leaders launch task force to tackle workforce and competitiveness issues
The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) has formed a task force of business and manufacturing leaders to tackle workforce challenges hampering the continued growth of American manufacturing competitiveness in the global marketplace. The workforce issues facing manufacturers are no secret to employers, policymakers or the media. Two of the most pressing, which the task force will address, are the mounting skills gap between the preparedness of workers and the capabilities manufacturers need and the scarcity of graduates in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields, NAM said. Lane Report
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German-based steel company will come to transpark, create 90 full-time positions in Kentucky
Gov. Steve Beshear said Wednesday that the planned addition of a steel business to the Kentucky Transpark is another demonstration of investor confidence in southcentral Kentucky. Beshear visited Bowling Green to announce a $120 million investment by Bilstein Group, a German-based steel company that will build a cold-rolled steel manufacturing facility in Bowling Green and create 90 full-time jobs through Bilstein Cold Rolled Steel LP. The 150,000-square-foot plant is expected to open in early 2018, he said. Bowling Green Daily News
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A few years after General Motors declared bankruptcy, the Bowling Green Assembly Plant appears to be riding high. Dave Tatman, manager of the plant that makes the world’s Corvettes, announced Wednesday at a news conference that the plant will reopen for public tours Oct. 14. Tours ceased last year while the plant was retooled to manufacture the new C7 Corvette, upon which GM has bestowed the legendary Stingray name. Bowling Green Daily News
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Beshear opens insurance exchange kiosk in Bowling Green, promotes 'Obamacare'
Gov. Steve Beshear encouraged people Wednesday to explore the state’s new health insurance exchange as he unveiled a kiosk for the exchange – called Kynect – at the Barren River District Health Department in Bowling Green. Tuesday was the first day Kentuckians could sign up for expanded Medicaid coverage or health insurance through the state-run exchange, which was created after the federal Affordable Care Act, also called “Obamacare,” was passed. Bowling Green Daily News
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Texas Incentives Lure Video Game Companies
In the lobby of the Twisted Pixel Games studio in Austin, a futuristic motorcycle welcomes visitors with an electric blue glow. The robotic motorcycle stars in LocoCycle, a new video game produced almost entirely in Texas. If Twisted Pixel plays its cards right, Texas could reimburse the company for up to 15 percent of in-state expenses on the project. Texas Tribune
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Poll: Most Georgians blame Democrats for government shutdown
ATLANTA — A plurality of Georgians blames Democrats for the shutdown of the federal government and favor repeal of Obamacare, according to a new poll of registered voters. The survey of 1,000 active voters was conducted Tuesday and has a 3 percent margin of error. Athens Banner-Herald
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The Sunshine Economy: How Broward County Ignored The State
From the U.S. Supreme Court case against the Affordable Care Act to trying to keep insurance exchange navigators from public health facilities, the state of Florida has resisted assisting the federal government in implementing the health insurance reform law. The state led the losing court fight against the law. Then, as the October 1 open enrollment date approached, the state health department moved to keep Obamacare navigators from public health facilities. WLRN
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 Top Ten Places in the South for Relocating California Companies

Urban areas have all kinds of assets that are easy to spot. They have the population, so the labor shed is not usually an issue. Urban areas are also connected by better roads, rail and air service and many have river and deep water ports. Usually Internet access and other forms of communication are more efficient in urban areas. And you have a larger array of quality of life options to choose from, such as the cultural assets found in metropolitan areas.
 

 Randle Report - Business News in the South

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By Mike Randle
The belief that "80 percent of all new jobs come from existing business and industry" is an out-of-date, old-fashioned fabrication. I have no idea how it started, where it started, or who said it first, but there are professionals in economic development as well as leaders of government in the South who actually believe that each year, 80 percent (why 80 percent I don't know, either) of all new jobs are created by existing business and industry. I hear it all the time and I just roll my eyes. There is nothing static in economic development but this: 100 percent of all lost jobs come from existing business and industry. That, and of course 100 percent of the time site consultants never pay for a meal.
 

 Business News in the South - Randle Report

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According to Chinese theory, yin is a passive, negative force and yang is an active, positive force. Chinese philosophers believe that the opposing forces aren't really contradictory. Instead, they are interconnected and complimentary, interacting to create a balance in one's life. 
 
 Nashville Mayour Karl Dean
The Annie E. Casey Foundation's KIDS COUNT report was released in the summer quarter. I try to read it every time it comes out since I find it to be the best indicator of child poverty, a statistic everyone involved in economic development needs to be aware of. The Annie E. Casey Foundation is a charity that supports disadvantaged children. 
 


 

 

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