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Mystery man on the presidential stage
Who was that man sharing the stage Wednesday with Barack Obama during the first presidential debate of 2012? It surely wasn’t the candidate who early this year flexed his “severely conservative” muscles at Republican primary debates. That man could only turn the steering wheel of policy in one direction — rightward. It wasn’t the arrogant and clueless politician recently caught on videotape writing off nearly half the country as lazy bums. Anniston Star
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Partisan posing as governor
As a master of perfect timing, Florida Gov. Rick Scott makes Gen. George Custer look like the Duke of Wellington. And if Scott keeps up his track record of bloviating and erroneous propaganda, he might well become the Baghdad Bob of the Apalachee Parkway. In a hand-wringing letter that hit mailboxes this week, Gov. Haw-Haw was appalled. He was annoyed. And just a tad miffed. Foul-voter-fraud-play was afoot, he wrote, by sneaky Democrats, aided and abetted by nefarious (remove the children from the room) liberals. Oh dear. Tampa Bay Times
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Accuform Signs announces major expansion, added jobs in Hernando County, Fla.
BROOKSVILLE — More than 30 years ago, Ron and Veronica Johnson closed their successful safety equipment distribution operation in Canada and headed to sunny Florida. They landed in Port Richey and in 1976 opened a new operation, Accuform Signs, in a small leased space. When the small company sought to expand, industrial property in Pasco County was too expensive, the founders' son, Wayne Johnson, told the Times in 1988. With land prices more reasonable and industrial zoning less of an issue, Accuform moved its operation to Hernando County in 1986 with 21 employees. Tampa Bay Times
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Moore: Business incentives reserved for manufacturing can help tourism, too
South Carolina business leader Darla Moore told a southern Beaufort County audience Wednesday that financial incentives typically reserved for manufacturing should be available to other businesses, including tourism. "We need to do a better job in targeting our incentives," Moore said at the Hilton Head Island-Bluffton Chamber of Commerce State of the Region Breakfast. "And when you target these incentives, look at the clusters that are driving our economy and support them equally. This is not magic. This shouldn't be hard." Island Packet
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READ: Why a CEO Refuses to Do Business in Antigay Jacksonville
It was in August when the Jacksonville City Council shot down an antidiscrimination ordinance protecting LGBT residents. Repercussions of that decision are now reverberating, as a local attorney says a major corporation refused to move to Jacksonville because of the measure's failure. Marianna Smith is a lawyer and board member at an unidentified company. She writes in the The Florida Times-Union that the CEO of the company she serves on the board of refused to relocate to Jacksonville after the council rejected the ordinance (click here for a closer look at the measure's failure). The CEO was also affected by antigay letters and op-eds that appeared in local newspapers. Here's what Smith wrote: Advocate
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Late Credit Card Payments Fall To 11-Year Low
WASHINGTON -- A report is showing that more Americans are keeping up with their credit-card payments. The American Bankers Association says the percentage of bank-issued credit cards that were 30 days or more overdue fell to an 11-year low in the second quarter. That came as consumers keep a tighter grip on their finances amid economic uncertainty. Huffington Post
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Gov. Scott unveils plans for nearly 500 jobs in Central Florida
Gov. Rick Scott made two stops in Central Florida on Thursday to announce projects that offer an estimated $6.4 million in taxpayer incentives to attract $33.1 in private investments with a goal of adding 484 jobs. At the first stop in Brooksville, Scott touted the plans of Accuform Signs, a safety signs manufacturer, to invest $15 million in a new 304,000-square-foot facility, adding 271 jobs in the process. The Florida Current
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Mitt the Moderate Reemerges—Too Little, Too Late?
By all accounts, Mitt Romney handily won Wednesday night’s debate with Barack Obama, giving his campaign a badly needed boost going into the presidential campaign’s final weeks. But Romney still has a very big problem to overcome and that is his own party, which forced him to run a very different primary campaign than he had planned, saddling him with promises he cannot keep. The Fiscal Times
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Nervous Businesses Shy Away From Hiring
President Obama and Republican Mitt Romney dueled Wednesday night over which candidate had a better plan to grow the economy and create jobs. But companies large and small are continuing to hold back on hiring new employees because of uncertainty over government tax and spending policies. A recent U.S. Chamber of Commerce third quarter survey, reported in The Hill, shows that 84 percent of small business owners say they don’t plan to hire additional employees for the remainder of the year. The Fiscal Times
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Features & Opinion

 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

 FEATURE  
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

FEATURE     
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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