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4,800 construction jobs lost in Georgia over past year
ATLANTA - A national trade association says Georgia lost roughly 4,800 construction jobs in the past year. The Associated General Contractors of America released state-by-state figures Tuesday that showed Georgia with 140,900 construction workers in September, down 3 percent from the same month last year. accessnorthga.com
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Bankers: Economy is bigger headwind than regulation
Bankers in Charlotte worry more about economic expansion than how they'll overcome higher regulatory costs. Charlotte Business Journal
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What's happening to American prosperity?
Your humble blogger has been an "advisor" to the Legatum Prosperity Index for a few years now. They released their 2012 rankings today, and according to Bloomberg, the results ain't good for the United States: foreignpolicy.com
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Ga. to invest in deeper Savannah port
Georgia's governor said plans are moving forward for a massive investment to deepen the Port of Savannah, the nation's fourth-largest port. UPI
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Tough Times For America's Other Wind Industry
Dusty Choate builds drilling rigs in Texas, but he’s not an oil and gas man. He pumps water onto dry land using windmills — a 160-year-old form of renewable energy that is slowly dying in the U.S. but starting to boom abroad. Forbes
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LA Gov. Jindal Cuts Ribbons at Two New Community College Facilities
ABBEVILLE – Today, Governor Bobby Jindal marked the opening of the newly renovated South Louisiana Community College Gulf Area campus. The Jindal Administrated supported a $6 million investment to complete the renovations. Southern Governor's Association
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Virginia Gov. McDonnell and Maryland Gov. O’Malley praise Obama for Sandy relief
President Obama continued to receive positive reviews from several governors of states hit hard by the superstorm Hurricane Sandy. Examiner.com
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Lafourche Parish to contribute $1 million to coastal pipeline project
THIBODAUX -- Lafourche Parish will contribute $1 million to the cost of building a pipeline designed to send river sediment into disappearing coastal marshes. The Lafourche Parish Council had blocked the expenditure for months because current financing has the pipeline falling short of Lafourche's wetlands. Times-Picayune
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Keep Florida's license plate distribution the job of tax collectors, not private vendors
The way we Floridians get license plates for our cars seems to be working just fine, thank you, and yes, we are talking about customer service in government here. Tampa Bay Times
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Memphis economist: Sandy delivered both mayhem and a potential economic boost
A University of Memphis economist thinks cataclysmic weather in the Northeast could provide balm for a sluggish economy. Commercial Appeal
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 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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