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Spending Two Perfect Days In Naples, Florida
If you’re envisioning trendy beach spots in Florida, Miami immediately comes to mind. When you think about timeless glamour, Palm Beach might top the list. And if family fun is on your agenda, Orlando has that category pretty well wrapped up. Naples, a city of just under 22,000 full-time residents, has lots to offer, too. But up to this point, it just hasn’t had much of a stage in the Sunshine State’s summer production to do so. With a little of your help, though, all of that can come to a halt. When your next two-day break arrives, fight the urge to trek back to Tampa because Naples, in all its relatively unbothered beauty, awaits its chance to pamper you. Forbes
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Child Labor Is Disturbingly Common On Tobacco Farms In The US
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — You may have to be at least 18 to buy cigarettes in the U.S., but children as young as 7 are working long hours in fields harvesting nicotine- and pesticide-laced tobacco leaves under sometimes hazardous and sweltering conditions, according to a report released Wednesday by an international rights group. Business Insider
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The 10 Happiest Cities For Recent College Grads, See Which Are Southern
'Tis the season for caps and gowns. An estimated 1.6 million students will graduate with a bachelor's degree this year — and hundreds of thousands of them will flee to new cities to begin their professional journeys. Business Insider
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Here's How Much The Skills Shortage Is Costing America's Manufacturers
One of the biggest complaints we hear from America's employers is the inability to find skilled workers. This is a big problem in an economy that's trying to grow. Not only does it hinder growth, it also puts a crimp on profit margins. Business Insider
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Gov. Rick Scott vetoes speed limit bill
Gov. Rick Scott has vetoed Senate Bill 392, which would have allowed higher speed limits on Florida highways. South Florida Business Journal
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Perry taps new general counsel for the Governor’s Office
Gov. Rick Perry has named Mary Anne Wiley as general counsel for the Office of the Governor. San Antonio Business Journal
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Grocers Supply to build massive complex in north Houston
Grocers Supply Co. is planning a massive complex at Pinto Business Park that will consolidate various existing operations. Houston Business Journal
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SLIDESHOW: Big names, big companies recouping millions in NC tax credit claims
Last year, more than 2,000 companies in North Carolina filed tax returns that included claims for state-authorized tax credits to reduce their overall tax bill. Charlotte Business Journal
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Mac maker Flextronics eyes $15M investment, 300 new Austin jobs
Flextronics — which makes the sleek and new Apple Mac Pros in Austin — has proposed to hire 300 new employees, keep 200 others on staff and invest $15 million in Austin as part of a city-sponsored, enterprise zone designation, according to draft documents at the city. Austin Business Journal
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Scout Boats Inc. to create 300 jobs with Dorchester County facility expansion
COLUMBIA, S.C. - Scout Boats Inc., a manufacturer of sport fishing boats, is expanding its Dorchester County facility in response to increased customer demand - both domestically and overseas. The company's $2.5 million investment is expected to create 300 jobs. SC Commerce
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 Randle Report - Business News in the South

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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